Tips for beginners:
- Don’t have a big meal right before class or your routine.
- Have some water before and after class, but not during.
- Go to several classes before deciding whether it is for you.
Yoga Etiquette: Dos and Donts
1. Remove Your Shoes
2. Turn Off Your Cell Phone
3. Arrive On Time: Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start. If you do arrive late, don't enter a class more than 10 minutes late if it has already started. Wait for the next class or another day.
4. Respect the Teacher: When you enter a yoga class, you sign on to respect the teacher for the duration of the class. You may discover halfway through the class that you don't care for this teacher, style, or hour of the day. But you still should continue with the class, follow the teacher's instructions, take your Savasana, and chalk it up to experience.
5. Keep Variations Appropriate: Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are too hard, it is fine to take a more basic variation of the poses being taught. Usually the teacher will offer this option. If you are attending a basic class, stick to the basic versions of the poses so you don't confuse new students. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate. When it comes time to take a Vinyasa, always feel free to take either Knees, Chest and Chin and Cobra or Chaturanga and Updog.
6. Go to the Bathroom During Resting Poses: It is fine to leave class for a few minutes to go to the bathroom: There is no need to ask the teacher's permission. The best time to go is when there is a period of rest, either in Child's Pose or Downward Dog.
7. Don't Skip Savasana! Your final relaxation in Savasana is an important part of your practice. Don't plan to leave class early. If you must, tell the teacher in advance and take a short Savasana before you go. Don't make a habit of this.