Every moment we are together, from the street outside, to class, to back outside again, we have the opportunity to respect and appreciate one another. Here are some wise and gracious studio etiquette guidelines and suggestions for practice:
Before you arrive:
Create a login on this website.
Electronically sign the liability waiver.
Read studio cancellation policies.
Sign up for the class of your choice.
Please check in at the front desk.
Remove your shoes before entering the practice space.
Leave your mobile devices on silent.
Enter the studio and roll out your mat quietly.
DO arrive early and leave late:
Getting to class about 15 minutes early can help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you’re waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches, or just sit or lie quietly, breathe, and get centered. Stay until the end. Leaving during final relaxation is disruptive to others, plus that is oftentimes the best part of the class.
DON’T eat for two hours before class:
If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting food also takes energy that can make you lethargic.
DO let your teacher know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice:
If you are injured or tired, skip poses you can’t or shouldn’t do, or try a modified version.
DO create an intention:
To help you focus, you might find it helpful to dedicate your practice to a certain intention. This might be to become more aware and understanding, more loving and compassionate, or healthier, stronger, and more skillful. Or it might be for the benefit of a friend, a cause—or even yourself.
DON’T bring cell phones into the practice space:
Leave socializing and business outside the studio, so the peace of the practice is not disturbed.
DO be quiet:
It’s great to share a class with people you know, but it can be distracting to yourself and others to have an extended or loud conversation during class.
DO bring a towel if you sweat a lot, and arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others.
DON’T push it:
Instead of trying to go as deeply or completely into a pose as others might be able to do, do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. You’ll go farther faster if you take a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.
DO pick up and neatly put away any props you use.
DO take time afterwards to think about what you did in class, so you can retain what you learned. 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.
DO schedule your next class immediately. We want to see you again soon at Live Oak Yoga.