Yoga Class Etiquette Tips
Understanding class etiquette will help you feel more comfortable during your practice.
Practicing silence, self-awareness and respect to other students will enhance your yoga experience. Most of these tips are common sense and courtesy and some are specific to yoga.
Sign in at reception and collect your tag
Non-members will need to make payment. Yoga tags are placed by your mat in class.
Arrive early, enter quietly
Allow time to settle in are prepare. Take your shoes and socks off. Unroll your mat quietly.
Settle in silence
Sit or lie down and relax in silence. Focus inward and begin to let go of outside thoughts and concerns. 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.
Turn off your electronic devices before class
Leave in your locker or at the back of the room, remembering that others have done the same.
Yoga is often practiced in close proximity to others and also involves deep breathing so please mind your personal hygiene. We recommend a mild deodorant, clean clothes, a fresh towel and no perfume.
Wear appropriate yoga clothing
Please wear clothing that is comfortable but not revealing, keeping in mind you will be moving upside down and into some unusual positions.
Let your teacher know about any injuries or conditions e.g. pregnancy, that may affect your practice
Your instructor will provide you with appropriate modifications.
Honour your limits
For your safety, work from where you are, not where you think you should be. Never force to hold or attain a pose, it is not a competition. Practicing with mindfulness you'll notice subtle differences every single day, so give yourself permission to follow the level that feels right today.
Observe silence during Shavasana
Practice silence during Shavasana and however tempted you may be to leave early, resist it. If you must leave before the end, leave before people settle into Shavasana and be as quiet as possible.
Wipe down your mat and if you borrowed a mat please roll up and replace neatly. Any other borrowed props are stacked in the cupboard. Please keep conversation to a minimum as you pack up.