Yoga is everywhere – from the gym to jobs to Instagram and beyond. You may have experienced some of its many benefits, such as toning, increased flexibility, or a feeling of chill that actually reminds you that the world is not imploding around you.
But just like any public experience It is important to know what is expected of you when you enter a yoga room. Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned veterinarian who wondered, am I doing that right? Here's a guide to help you understand the specifics of yoga etiquette so that you can get the most out of your practice
Before you come to lessons
Make sure you know for yourself which course you sign up for.
If you are new, you are welcome! As a yoga teacher, I suggest trying an intro level course first ̵
In addition, an experienced teacher will moderate the class to accommodate new students. And that's not fair for the rest of the class either. On the other side of the coin, you respect the group if you are an experienced student who practices with beginners. Nobody likes to see someone flying into a handstand every five minutes while still working on the nail pose.
Watch out for yoga clothes.
Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move. Form-fitting threads help a teacher Look at your alignment and make the right adjustments, but you do not need a $ 200 yoga couture. Yoga is about feeling good in your skin, so go with sweats and tea, if that's for you! Just make sure your clothing offers the coverage you want in positions like the dog down.
Be. On. Time.
Plan the time you need to explore a parking lot, lock up your bike, or walk the five blocks from the subway to check in at the front desk and sit on your mat before class can. If you enter the yoga room while others try to center yourself, it can disturb your mood, and the teacher may need to repeat what can reduce the class time (and time is money, people!).
Skip perfume and lose your shoes.
Chanel No. 5 is irritant but many people are sensitive to all kinds of scents. So respect the common space by minimizing it. In order to keep the yoga room clean, every studio has a place for shoes – whether in cubbies or shoe shelves or even next to the door. Your fellow yoga students will appreciate that your shoes do not touch the same places they put their heads and hands on.
Read the room.
Take a second to see how others have placed their mats – that sounds obvious, but you yourself would be amazed about the strange things people do with their mats when they are unsolicited. Sometimes painted or glued lines on the floor show the correct placement of the mat, but you can always ask the instructor if he is safe. The same goes for yoga props – blankets, straps, blocks, eye pads, pillows, and the like. Your teacher will probably tell you what you need during the lesson, but if in doubt, a harness, two yoga blocks, and a blanket are a safe bet.
Let the teacher know if you are pregnant or injured or condition requiring attention.
Even if you realize the day, your pregnancy may not be obvious to others! No teacher wants to accept pregnancy and accidentally embarrass a student. Let the instructor know so you can go through basic instructions and prohibitions together to help you stay safe. If you are pregnant and new to yoga, prenatal education is best. There are a number of pregnancy modifications that you will learn with other expectant mothers (and yes, it is still yoga!).
The same applies to injuries or conditions that may affect your practice by keeping the teacher up to date to help them help them with modifications and adjustments.
During Yoga Class
you must necessarily be late …
It's human. Traffic. Bosse Kinder The latte you have sprinkled on your new yoga pants. You know, Life . Note, however, that some studios will not have late entry guidelines, and others will allow a maximum delay of 10 minutes (and possibly be fended off afterwards). Make sure you know what you plan to do when you run into the studio.
If you are late, it is important to approach the yoga room. "I had late students who had come so quietly into the classroom that nobody would notice," says Alyssa Runyan, yoga teacher and trainer from San Diego. "I also had students who were so loud that no one could help but be bothered by their late arrival."
If you're late for being late, yoga teacher Lauren Knuth suggests you breathe for a moment You open the door to the yoga room – in this way, you are brought into harmony with the class's energy while you calm down. If possible, choose a space on the back to minimize distraction.
Also extremely important: Be friendly to the reception staff. It is not their fault if you are late and it is never fair to ask them to bend the rules for you. Be a responsible adult and be late, even if you are not admitted to class.
Phones are mute and dumb.
Yes, dumb. Do not vibrate . Believe it or not, a continuously vibrating phone can be almost as distracting as ringing, things, or beeping. If you're on call at your job, keep your phone quiet and nearby so you can discreetly check it if needed.
However, if the phone is infrequently (rarely!) In the classroom, give yourself a break. Again we are human. A quick "excuse" and a trip to the Cubbies to silence is all it takes. Trust me, it's less disturbing infinity than ignoring the cacophony and hoping it will not ring or ring.
Stay for Savasana!
Savasana or corpse pose is usually practiced in the final minutes of a yoga class. It is a time for the mind and body to consciously rest, calm down your heart rate and nervous system, and, many practitioners believe, to deeply integrate the benefits of yoga. "This is not just a cooldown, but a really important part of the practice," says Knuth.
If you leave Savasana, you will miss the opportunity to sink the benefits of your practice, but this can stink really be annoying for others. If you need to seriously scoot, you should inform the teacher before class and be near the back of the room for a quiet exit.
Most important: enjoy your practice
Finally, you should remember that pays off. The yoga styles and teachers are very different. So, if you did not land in your yoga nirvana in the first hour, you should continue to search before deciding whether it is for you or not. Take time to let yourself be physically and mentally changed by yoga. Do not worry about what the yogi is doing next to you, or stress if you can not reach your toes. If the breath can remain deep and calm while practicing, and you feel a sensation – also occasional ailments, but no pain – then congratulations: you are doing yoga.
Danielle Simone Brand writes about parenting, yoga, cannabis and pop culture. She has been a yoga teacher for over a decade and currently teaches people of all ages throughout San Diego. If you do not write or teach yoga, you can see Danielle playing with her two children and her puppy.