10 Meditation and Yoga Studio Etiquette Tips
1 ~Be Punctual to Every Class
Be not only on time to your yoga class, but be early. Try to arrive about 5 to 10 minutes early. This not only benefits your fellow yogis, but also helps you prepare your mind and body for a successful practice.
2 ~ You are entering a quiet space. Minimize Conversation Or go silent altogether. We are practicing present moment awareness. This means we are not thinking about yesterday's events or tomorrow's events. Be in this moment for you!
Our yoga studio asks that you be quiet and focus inward as you arrive and set-up. The few minutes before class are ideal for a short meditation and for setting an intention so refraining from chit-chat is not just good etiquette but also really beneficial for your state of mind and for your practice and your fellow yogis' practice.
3 ~ Turn Off all Electronics before Class
Simply turn off your cell phones before class. Exit the world of constant communication which we all love and step into your mat fully liberated.
4 ~ Wear Comfortable Clothing
If you will be attending a meditation class, wear loose fitting clothes. If you are attending a yoga class, wear whatever is most comfortable for you that will not make you feel self-conscious. The studio is very warm, so light, breathable clothes work the best.
5 ~ Remove Shoes Outside
Yoga classes are usually on a hardwood or parquet floor and every one does yoga with bare feet. That means one thing: No shoes inside the studio please.
6 ~ Enter and Settle down Quietly
Our studio is meant to be a place of calm and connection with your fellow yogis and the nature around us. The connection is less with voice and more with present moment awareness. Please when you enter, settle down quietly. Do not drop your mat down on the floor to announce your presence and startle everyone meditating or relaxing. Settle down quickly, greet your friends with a whisper and relax until class starts.
7 ~ Refrain from Asking questions During Class
During Vinyasa Flow we are syncing our breath with our movement, so talking should be quite hard if you are focusing on your breath in your asanas. I understand you may have questions on certain poses and "if you are doing it right" but please wait until after class to ask the instructor any specific questions because if the instructor answers your questions, the instructor will be taken away from the "flow" during class which will then also distract the other yogis from their flow.
8 ~ Observe Silence during Savasana
If you are new to yoga, it may be hard for you to be in savasana (or any pose) for very long. Refrain from moving during this pose. Practice silence during savasana and however tempted you may be to leave and skip out, resist it. This is where your practice assimilates and the results are infused with a repose so well-deserving and so necessary. This last pose seals your practice with good omen and prepares you for the next phase. If you must (really must!) leave before the end, leave before people settle into savasana and be as quiet as a church mouse!
In many of the classes at our studio, there will immediately be a guided meditation after yoga class (right after savasana). If you plan to leave after yoga class, please quietly roll up your matt and leave the studio.
9 ~ Sign In and Pay without a Reminder Before Class Starts
When you arrive (after taking off your shoes of course) please sign in on the sheet located on the corner shelf. If you do not have a package and are paying by cash, please pay the instructor (quietly) before class or put your payment or donation (if a free class) into the jar located on the shelf and note this on the sign in sheet next to your name.
10 ~ Smile
I ask my students to smile often during Vinyasa and during Meditation. Practice this often, to yourself and to your fellow practitioners. This "mouth yoga" helps relax the muscles in your face and overall helps your mind and body calm.
We are honored you have come to our studio, and we look forward to moving forward with you on this path called life.