Being Yoga
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Etiquette

  • Your practice begins when you walk in the door.
  • Please allow ample time to:
    Remove your shoes, turn off your cell phone, throw out gum & sign in for class.
  • We encourage you to own your own mat.
    Please bring your own towel.  If you forget, towels are available at the front desk for $1.
  • Slow down.   BREATHE.
    Breathe slowly through your nose not through your mouth.  This calms the mind and body whenever you’re in a tense position, whether in or outside the studio.Remember, this is as much a meditation class as it is physical activity.
  • If you are late, please enter quietly and mindfully in between poses.
    After 10 minutes, NO LATE entries allowed.
    If there was a previous class, please wait 10 minutes before entering the yoga room.
  • Wait until party-time or between standing & floor series to use the restroom.
    Prepare yourself to not leave the studio until the end of class, otherwise this disrupts other yogis.
  • Please honor our wonderful staff, teachers & fellow students.
    Intently listen to your teacher’s dialogue to get maximum effect from postures & to keep the energy of the room the same. (These are just a few of the reasons there is a leader of the class).
  • We are all here to free our bodies & minds.
    Save conversation for after class, as we are here to concentrate on ourselves. Whispering before or after class respects the peaceful environment.
  • Always practice yoga at your own pace.
    Wear a happy, smiling face while you are practicing yoga. If you’re grimacing, back off a bit.
  • Listen to your body.
    Hold your postures for the benefit of your neighbors & your own.
  • Keep your heart open.
    Change your negative language to more positive i.e., I can’t to I’ll try! Try this technique & you’ll be shocked at the results.
  • STAY ON YOUR MAT until a few minutes after class.
    Prepare yourself to not leave the studio promptly; otherwise this disrupts your fellow yogis.
  • Leave the yoga room as neat & tidy as you found it.

It is respectful to show up to class early; that way, there is time to make adjustments with our mats so that each student can find the most advantageous spot for him/herself possible – even in a full class.

By taking off shoes before entering the yoga room and taking belongings back to the locker room, students are consciously aiding in keeping the studio clean and uncluttered for everyone’s comfort and well being.

Carefully opening and quietly closing doors that lead in and out of the yoga room shows respect for those meditating inside – as do quiet, hushed voices before and after class. (Turning off cell phones before entering the studio is the best way to avoid disturbing the peaceful atmosphere at Being Yoga.)

It is respectful to stay on your mat during the entire class, but if you must leave and/or come back, please do so between postures as silently and unobtrusively as possible.

Following the dialogue as closely as possible to the best of your ability (not branching off into different postures, for example), helps to keep a unified environment for all. Remember, this is as much a meditation class as it is a physical activity. Each of us helps the other stay focused by moving together in sequence.

Finally, take responsibility of your own thoughts and emotions. You can’t always control outside circumstances, but you always have the option of controlling your reactions to those circumstances. By concentrating on your own practice, giving it your best and staying calm inside, you are contributing a focused, peaceful energy to the entire class. Similarly, changing your internal language from negative (“I can’t”) to positive (“I’ll try”), contributes a positive energy as well.

Our Being Yoga goal of creating a sacred environment – a warm and welcoming space – for a conscious community becomes a reality each time we “recognize and honor” the Divine in each other and consciously practice our “Yoga Etiquette.”

Namaste’