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Yoga Etiquette

How Rude!

Here are our policies, procedures, and studio etiquette to ensure new—and seasoned—practitioners have an amazing hot room experience!

Before Class

  • New students need to arrive 20 minutes before class to allow enough time to fill out paperwork, sign in, take a tour of the studio, and get any questions answered.
  • Check in at the desk before dropping your mat and heading to the changing rooms.
  • BE ON TIME! Class starts on time, no late entry is allowed.
  • Leave shoes in the designated shoe area. Shoes are not allowed in the yoga room.
  • No gum or food allowed in the yoga room.
  • Please leave all personal belongings in the shelves provided, nothing is allowed in the yoga room except water, towel, and mat (meaning purses, keys phones, shoes, bags—EVERYTHING ELSE—stays outside.)
  • Avoid wearing perfume, body oils, makeup, and/or jewelry to class.
  • Wear comfortable, snug fitting yoga clothes. Women typically wear shorts or pants and a sports top. Men typically wear swim trunks, bicycle shorts, or a speedo.
  • Absolutely no talking allowed in the yoga room before or after class. Many students will arrive early to practice Savasana before the practice. Be respectful and keep all conversations outside the yoga room.
  • Come to class well hydrated, with an empty stomach (no food 3 hours before class), and ready to work hard!

During Class

  • Leave your ego (and what you think you know) at the door! Come to your mat with humility and ready-to-learn attitude.
  • Leave your negative thoughts (and what you think you can’t do) at the door! You are what you think. If you think negatively, it’s much harder to have a positive experience on and off the mat.
  • Practice the art of listening. Follow the instructor and try honestly to do what they are telling you to do.
  • You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you follow their instructions and try the right way!
  • Try really hard to eliminate excess movements between postures. This means no fidgeting, wiping sweat, looking around the room, etc. It’ll be hard at first, but awareness is half the battle!
  • If you need to take a knee during class, do so mindfully. Be aware that while you might need a rest your neighbor is still deep in their meditation and practice. Be respectful by staying still.
  • Water breaks are designated by the teacher. If you need additional water during class, take it between postures.
  • Stay in the room during class. Leaving the class is disruptive to your practice and to your fellow students.
  • Stay until class has ended and the teacher has dismissed you by saying “Namaste”. Leaving class early is not permitted and is considered rude to the teacher and other students.

After Class

  • Be quiet as you exit the yoga room.
  • The floors are often slippery, so use caution and watch your step.
  • Yoga mats aren’t permitted in the rinse area, after class please roll them up.
  • Rental mats/towels should be placed in the hamper.
  • The studio closes 20 minutes after the last afternoon and evening classes have finished. Please be respectful of the instructor’s time.
  • Practice cleanliness in the studio by throwing away trash, and cleaning up after yourself.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Last but not least, thank yourself. The work you did was hard and deserves recognition. A little bit of gratitude goes a long way!