Yoga Etiquette

Yoga Etiquette at the Sanctuary

These “rules” of good yoga etiquette will help you feel comfortable when entering an unfamiliar setting. They are based on common sense and courtesy, but deal with some issues that are specific to yoga classes and studios.
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1. No Shoes in the Studio please!

Since people walk around the studio barefoot, it is most hygienic if everyone takes off their outdoor shoes first thing. We also ask that student’s bring their own mats if possible! Feet are dirty and no one wants foot fungus! If you need to borrow a mat we have some available, we ask that you clean your studio mat after every use.

2. Turn Off Your Cell Phone

Make a habit of doing this as soon as you get to the yoga studio. Please do not use your cell phone during class (that includes texting). The best place for your cell phone is in your vehicle. It can be quite embarrassing if your phone rings during class. If this happens I advocate owning up and going to turn it off immediately. As Shiva Rea says, “We all know our baby’s ring (just as new mothers know the cry of their own child) so if you know its yours, no need to pretend its not yours and no need to feel embarrassed We’ve all been there!

3. Arrive On Time

Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start. If you do arrive late, don’t enter a class more than 10 minutes late if it has already started. Wait for the next class or another day. If you need to leave a class earlier than its scheduled “end time” please let the teacher know at the beginning of the class.

4. Respect the Teacher

When you enter a yoga class and roll out your mat, you sign on to be in this space with this teacher (or substitute) for the next hour or hour and a half. You may discover halfway through the class that you don’t care for this teacher, style, or hour of the day. But you still should continue with the class, follow the teacher’s instructions, take your Savasana, and chalk it up to experience. Remember that everyone has a teacher/teaching style that they prefer! If you feel that you have a serious complaint about an instructor, please don’t hesitate to contact Leia directly.

5. Keep Variations Appropriate

Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are too challenging for you that day, it is fine to take a more basic variation or krama of the poses being taught. Usually the teacher will offer this option. If you are attending a basic class, stick to the basic versions of the poses so you don’t confuse new students. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate. When it comes time to take a “mini vinyasa”, always feel free to take either Knees, Chest, and Chin and Cobra or Chaturanga and Updog.

6. Go to the Bathroom During Resting Poses

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.

7. Don’t Skip Savasana!

Your final relaxation in Savasana is an important part of your practice. Don’t plan to leave class early. We understand that sometimes you have to leave early, if that is the case please tell the teacher in advance and take a short Savasana before you go. Try not to make a habit of this.

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