Yoga Etiquette 101 – What to expect when you go to a yoga class
1. Shoes: Upon entering the studio, please remove your shoes and leave them in the cubbies outside the studio. Personal belongings such as purses, bags, cell phones, etc. can be placed on the hooks or shelf inside the studio.
2. Cell Phone Use: For the benefit of all students, please turn off or mute your cell phone upon entering the studio. This means no sound, including vibrate.
3. Sign In: We ask all new students to arrive a 10- 15 mis before your first class to complete a Waiver form and to sign in. Please be sure to sign-in at the beginning of every class at the sign-in sheet near the door, teachers will also check you into our computer system. Deposit your payment for class in the Plastic envelope provided.
4. Late Arrivals or Leaving Early: Please be on time. It is disruptive to a class settling in and beginning their practice when you come in late. If you must arrive late or must leave class early, please take a spot closest to the door to allow for minimal distraction. Do not step on other people’s mats. Please let your instructor know in advance if you are leaving early. Ideally: Get to class 10 - 15 minutes early to sign in, get situated and allow for transition time from your work day /commute. Give your mind and body time to prepare for your practice.
5. In The Know: Do you have injuries, illnesses or physical limitations that will affect your yoga experience? If so, please let your teacher know.
6. Yoga Mats: We encourage students to bring their own mats to our studio, however, we do offer mats to students who need one for a $2 rental fee. If you do use one of our mats, we simply ask that you please wipe them down (with the spray provided) after use and put them back. For students who bring their own mats, consider putting your name in permanent black marker on the front edge of your mat. This helps us to return lost mats to their rightful owner as well as assists teachers in learning names.
As the room fills up during our most popular class times, please work together to create enough space for everyone. Enjoy the flow of good energy in a crowded room. Try to pull the front row as close to the instructor as possible and stagger the rows behind.
7. Common-sense Eating Tips: As with any form of exercise, it is best not to eat a heavy meal two hours before class. A light snack is appropriate up to 30 minutes before class.
8. Studio Facilities: When exiting the studio, turn left. Go straight past the stairs and take the hallway to the left. The restrooms will be on your left.
9. Personal Care: Please do not to use perfumes and lotions prior to class because lotions can make skin slippery, making it difficult to hold positions; lotions can also clog pores; and finally, some students and instructors may have allergies that could be aggravated by heavy perfumes or lotions. If you tend to sweat a lot, particularly in the hands, you may want to bring a small towel to class. (You may also want to remove any bulky jewelry to avoid it from getting caught on your clothes/ hair and to prevent wear and tear to your mat )
10. Hands-On Instruction: Some instructors may provide hands-on adjustments to help you align your body safely or add benefit to your poses. If you are at all uncomfortable with this, please advise your instructor before class.
11. Peace and Tranquility Reign: In the few lingering moments prior to class you should give yourself some time to shift gears from your busy life to your yoga practice. It is impossible to shift into an inward focused practice when you spend these moments talking with your neighbor. In addition, talking before class disturbs those around who are trying to make that inward shift. Please speak quietly in the studio, if absolutely necessary, and respect those who wish to meditate before the class begins.
**** Please note - if you arrive early at Lotus, there may be a class in session that is winding down, most likely in savasana. If this is the case (the door will be closed), keep your volume to a minimum in the hallway so as not to disrupt the class in session.
12. Go to the Bathroom During Resting Poses: Nature calls. It happens. Especially when you’re twisting and bending. It is fine to leave class for a few minutes to go to the bathroom: There is no need to ask the teacher's permission. The best time to go is when there is a period of rest, either in Child's Pose or Downward Dog. Be careful not to step on other’s mats.
13. Respect the Teacher: When you enter a yoga class, you agree to respect the teacher for the next hour or so. You may discover halfway through the class that you don't care for the teacher, style, etc. But you still should continue with the class, follow the teacher's instructions, take your Savasana, and chalk it up to experience.
14. Keep Variations/ Modifications Appropriate : When it comes time to take a vinyasa, always feel free to take or make appropriate modifications. There is no prize for doing the most difficult version. Listen to your body. Just because you did it last week, doesn’t mean you have to this week.
15. Don't Skip Savasana! Your final relaxation in Savasana is an important part of your practice. It helps integrate the physical practice into your mental and spiritual state. Don't plan to leave class early.