In part one of this multi-part series, we discussed a few rules of etiquette that you should practice while you’re in a yoga class. In today’s post, we will continue to look at a few more ways to make sure your yoga experience is enjoyable for all.
Be Aware Of Your Space
Yoga classes vary in size. One day your class may be completely packed, and the next day you may be one of seven people in your class. No matter the situation, it’s important to be aware of your space. On days where the room is packed, those who arrive last may struggle to find a spot. If you are able, move your mat over and make room for someone who doesn’t have a spot. It’s also important to note that if you are making your way through a sea of people, do your best to watch your step so you don’t step on someone else’s mat.
Some days, you may find yourself in an almost empty room. In those situations, the best practice is to space yourself out so that the person in front of you has a clear view of the teacher.
Yoga is a time for self-reflection and focus, which is why a majority of yoga classes are performed in a quiet environment. The silence allows you to self-reflect and focus on breathing and the movements of your body. That being said, there are some yoga classes that are more social in nature. You can usually differentiate which class is which as soon as you step into the room. However, if you do go to class where the atmosphere is one of self-reflection, it’s important that you keep conversation to a minimum.
Leave Devices At In The Car
As mentioned above, yoga provides you with the opportunity to relax and focus, which is why portable devices are prohibited and could potentially get you kicked out of class. Not only will you be depriving yourself of the full benefits of yoga, but you will also be distracting those around you. Any ping, vibration, or noise coming from a device takes away from the experience. If you’re expecting an important call, it’s best to either avoid class, or leave the device in the car.
Leave Before Savasana
Savasana is reserved for the end of the class as a chance for you to lay still and reach a mode of meditation. It’s understandable if you have to leave class early due to a busy schedule, but if you do, it’s best to leave before savasana. Before class begins, let your instructor know that you will be leaving early, and position yourself near the door for a quick get away. Before everyone enters savasana, make your exit, that way, you won’t disturb anyone from their meditative state by shuffling with straps or your mat.
Once you’ve completed your yoga class, it’s important that you clean up your space and make it nice for the next session. Some yoga sessions require the use of props like foam blocks or straps. If you borrowed these items from the studio, be sure to return them to their proper home. The same rules apply if you borrowed a yoga mat from the studio. Be sure to place it in the cleaning station so that it will be ready for the next person.
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