BASIC YOGA CLASS ETIQUETTE
I am excited to welcome you to my classes. Please take some time and browse through the basics and I will see you in class!
Please respect the peace
A lot of people come to yoga class to find peace and quiet. So let's have respect for all fellow yogis and their personal time to find stillness.
Don't panic if you're late, and don't judge if you come early
Being late happens to us all at one time or another, it's a part of life. Please don't panic, just enter the room as quietly as you can. Centre yourself and begin when you are ready (maybe a few stretches to connect with your breath and open yourself up to prevent injury and calm your mind). If you see someone coming in late, please realise that we all have "those days".
If someone comes in late or if the class becomes crowded please respectfully move your mat or stagger yourself as needed. I respect everyone's practice and want you to get the most out of your class time.
We come to yoga to let go of our day and take care of ourselves. Please turn OFF your mobile phone in class. I understand some students may need to keep their phones on at times so if you absolutely need to keep it on, please quietly leave the room while in class and return when you are finished.
Please leave shoes, bags, coats, blankets, water bottles etc at the edge of the room, out of the way of the mats. If you wear glasses please grab an extra block (if available) and place your glasses on the block. I don't want to accidentally kick your glasses across the room or (heaven forbid) accidentally step on them while walking through the class or attempting to adjust your posture.
Props are your FRIEND
Come prepared to get to know your blocks and belts. These are tools to help you attain poses in a safe way, poses that may be difficult to start with, aiding flexibility and strength.
Each day is different, as is yoga, every time you practice - some days, yoga practice may be more difficult than on others. This is due to many different variables, including, what you ate, how you slept and laid in bed etc. It is fine. Be OK with where you are TODAY, the gift of each day is in the observation of what is happening internally in your mind and body. Give your body what it needs in every session, use your breath and move mindfully. If you feel/find or think postures are too easy, enjoy a day that you're body can playfully move. Life is full of surprises!
Be kind and patient with yourself
Be kind and patient... with yourself throughout your practice by concentrating on yourself in each pose, without judgement, as everyone's yoga practice is unique to them. We are our worst critics. If you are having a day where you are having issues on two feet... allow yourself to laugh. Enjoy the experience and your breath. We are really all in this together and I want everyone to feel successful!
Please allow yourself to fall in love with the process. Yoga is a journey, an exploration of your body and an opportunity to get to know yourself again. Enjoy every moment of every class. You are blessed to be taking your body and mind through this amazing time! Resist becoming too attached to the poses, especially achieving difficult poses. They will come when all of you is ready, or maybe not at all, or possibly one day and not the next! We are perfectly imperfect - enjoy the ride!
Bring your own mat
For hygenic reasons please try and bring your own mat as mats provided may have had many users before you and although they are cleaned at regular intervals may not be cleaned as regularly as you would clean your own.
Being 5 or 10 minutes early
This gives you time to speak to me if necessary and get settled on your mat.
Please be mindful about others in class and do not walk over the yoga mats. Instead walk around them. Yoga is an individual and personal practice. I am mindful that all of you who attend my classes will be dealing with one thing or another, and perhaps your mat represents for you the same sacred space it represents for me. That's why, when I'm walking around the room observing you, reminding you to breathe, I will avoid trampling over anyone's sacred space. When I have to step on your mat to either adjust or assist you in poses, it will always be with full presence and awareness that I'm entering a special place.
Eating before Yoga class
Due to twisting from side to side, bending forward and backwards and turning upside down if you have eaten just before practice and have not fully digested your last meal, it may leave you with indigestion or acid reflux.
Heavy perfume/heavy jewellery
In yoga class, we are focussing our minds on our breath, our practice and being in the present moment, so clanking jewellery and heavy perfume can cause distractions away from this as well as possible allergic reactions.
Take time afterwards to think about what you did in class
Review the poses you practiced, and note any instructions that particularly made sense. Even if you remember just one thing from each class, you’ll soon have a lot of information that can deepen your own personal practice if you have one.
stop...... take a moment...... take a breath........ be!