My love of yoga is no secret, but I definitely don’t consider myself an expert. I’ve been practicing for about five years, but up until two years ago the only yoga workouts I would do were DVD workouts. I was too scared to take a real, live class. Silly, I know, but there was (and still is) something about yoga and yogis that I found very intimidating. I was scared everyone would know I was a newbie and would laugh at me. I finally bit the bullet and went to my first class when a nearby studio offered a week of free classes to newbies. How could I pass that up?
The class went fine; no one judged me or even noticed I was in the room. I’ve gone back at least once a week since. In that time I’ve learned that there are some essentials to being a courteous and wise yoga student. A “Yoga Etiquette” if you will. Check out these yoga etiquette tips if you’re a yoga studio newbie or even if you’re a yoga superstar, you may have let some of these fall by the wayside.
- Be on time! Showing up five or ten minutes late disrupts the flow of the class and some teachers won’t even let you in. It’s best to show up five to ten minutes early.
- Keep your voice down. When you show up (early right? We’re all showing up early!) to the studio and are in the waiting area, talk softly. It’s distracting to those trying to practice to hear the people waiting for the next class talking about how bad traffic was.
- Say hi to your teacher. Before class, introduce yourself to your instructor. Inform her that you’re new to the studio, tell her about your yoga background and ask what you should expect from the class. This could be the difference between having a horrible time and being comfortable enough to focus on your practice.
- Wear comfortable but fitting clothes. Unless you like the feeling of your shirt constantly falling over your head, don’t make the mistake I made by wearing a t-shirt to your first class. A tank top or a sports bra are better choices, but don’t worry about whether or not your look is fashionable enough. Yoga is supposed to be about personal relaxation and introspection, not competition for the best look.
What etiquette tips would you add?