…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?