Yoga Etiquette 101: It’s Good to Be Reminded Sometimes…

…for the umpteenth time.

I was looking for yoga workshops and seminars and landed on this site: Yoga Workshop’s Studio Etiquette.

Here are some of the things I’d like to highlight:

“Arrive for class on time. Late arrivals are disruptive to the class flow and are difficult to teach through.” Especially in a led class. Especially in a full class, led or mysore. When you are late and you have to squeeze in your mat, at least two people will have to pause their practice and move. Sometimes, four. Be considerate of other yogins. And be considerate of the teacher, especially if YT has to manage different levels of practice in a single class.

Please do not wear any perfume, cologne, after shave, essential oils, or scented antiperspirant, shampoos, or conditioners.” It doesn’t matter if it’s Marks&Spencer or Axe! It doesn’t matter if it’s “just a body spray”. The point is, you smell! And we are supposed to do ujjayi breathing! Argh! In the absence of a shower room, bathing in alcohol is fine. Even better than cologne or body spray as it kills germs.

“Put all props you’ve taken off the shelves back in their proper place after class.” Simple discipline, hello! My two-year-old niece knows she should put back her colors in the box–I think everybody else in the studio knows a lot more than a toddler.

Some of my addition:

Put your cellphone in silent mode or turn it off. If you are waiting for a call…how can you focus on your practice? How can you empty your mind? The world will not crumble if you don’t get your message or call right away. If it does, then it means that business is more important than yoga so go and attend to it, OUTSIDE the studio. Worse, some yogins would let the phone ring endlessly! Embarrassed to admit it’s theirs? Didn’t hear it? Sigh.

Be mindful of your space. And others’. Spreading your arms wide as you bend forward even if your mats are just an inch apart…simply does not make sense. No need for explanation.

Breathe, instead of whining, moaning, complaining, or simply getting attention to yourself. I have seen yogins fall on their bottom, back, side, head but a thud is the most that you could hear. They suffer the pain, or laugh, QUIETLY. If an adjustment hurts, you can communicate with your YT by simply saying stop, no, it hurts, I can’t, and I’m sure YT will get it. That way you’ll get to solve your problem without annoying the class with your moaning/groaning/endless cry of ouch. If you choose to endure the discomfort and pain, then please…just breathe.

Anything else you’d like to add?


7 thoughts on “Yoga Etiquette 101: It’s Good to Be Reminded Sometimes…

  1. One more: if you are sick–with fever, cold, cough, or any contagious illness/air-born virus–please do not come to class anymore. Since we share the same space and energy in the shala, chances are, we will also share your virus. In eastern medicine, there is no such a thing as virus/germs/bacteria, only negative energy. 😦 Sniff, sniff! YT reminded me to close my energy fields always so as not to absorb the negative around (to YT: masungit lang talaga ako, ha ha!). Achoo!

  2. i think it’s wrong for classmates to tell the seatmate what to do- even if the seatmate looks lost or is struggling with remembering what pose comes next. i think it should be up to the teacher to decide what to teach and to whom.

    in the same way, i think students should quietly sit still and patiently wait for the teacher to come instead of calling out his name while he is busy with another student.

    is it normal though to find yourself laughing in the middle of a pose? sometimes i get the feeling of giggles bubbling in my middle and struggling to come out of me..also whenever i slide into a pose (which such a miracle for me) i can’t seem to be able to keep myself from smiling- the smile just kind of happens before i even notice. is there something wrong with me?

    • Hi Ali! Thanks for visiting my blog! I certainly agree with the points you raised. Even if the student doesn’t mind getting cues from the other student, the exchange distracts the class. I should know, I experienced that already. The whole time the two students were talking! SIGH. I haven’t seen anyone though calling the teacher’s name for assist. Lucky me I guess.

      The practice of yoga affects every human dimension, emotions included. Bursting into laughter is just as normal as bursting into tears. The chest-openers can literally “open up” well of emotions. Enjoy your practice!

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