New to Yoga
So it’s your first time going to a yoga class — or perhaps it’s been awhile? Here are a few guidelines to welcome you — especially if you’re not sure what to expect. YOGA ETIQUETTE.
Get Yoga Ready, Arrive Early!
Give yourself enough time to arrive at the studio, usually, arriving a good 15 minutes before class starts is appropriate. You’ll need to sign in and pay for class, which often involves a bit of paperwork if you’re new to the studio. You’ll also want to give yourself a few extra minutes to lay out your mat, gather props, and bring your breath to an even and steady pace.
Turn off Your Electronics
Phones, wrist watches, iPads—anything that dings, rings, or buzzes—should be turned off before class. Valuables like jewellery should be kept at home. Not only do you not want to distract others, but you want to be totally present in class without the outside world demanding your attention.
Try not to over do it with perfumes
Try to go au naturel, or if you really would like to smell better without being offensive, drop a dab of essential oil onto your wrists.
Silence is the golden rule
Yoga is all about “uniting,” and often the yoga studio is a prime gathering space for like-minded folks, but please keep voice at a whisper once entering the studio. It is a time to turn inward and become centered. To some before, during, and after class is a sacred time to remain silent.
Practice (ahimsa) at the studio which means coming into the space in a peaceful way. Being gentle in voice, movement, actions, thought, and attitude respects those who come to yoga for a safe, uplifting, truthful environment. This gentle way of approaching and being will dissipate negativity not only during yoga class but at the water cooler and other areas of life as well.
Take What You Learned with You
Hopefully, your focus in class has little to do with etiquette and rules and much more to do with gaining a better understanding of both the practice and yourself. Most likely, you’ll feel a great sense of invigoration, peace, relaxation, and inspiration after class. If this is the case, there isn’t a better way to show gratitude to the teacher and honor the practice than to spread this sense of peace to others throughout your day.
Have some time to spare? Why not download and fill out our NFY Waiver Form — and bring it with you to your first class.