Yoga Etiquette: 5 Best Practices to Get the Most Out of Your Yoga Class

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Yoga etiquette is important if you want to get the most out of your Yoga class. After all you are spending time and money and so are all of your fellow practitioners. So there are some etiquette standards to follow when participating in any Yoga activity.

Yoga Characteristics

Yoga, depending on the type you practice, can be exciting, energizing, calming, social, meditative, or relaxing. It can be a combination of these, bringing you to optimal physical aerobics and then bringing you down to a meditative state.

Yoga Achievements

So once you have completed your Yoga class, you want to retain the feeling of euphoria it has given you. It is important that you respect yourself and your fellow practitioners by being careful to not harsh this mellow. You do this by following Yoga etiquette (which is really respectfulness wearing a Yoga jacket!).

Yoga Etiquette

No matter which of these best describes your yoga class, the following etiquette tips help you get the most out of every class you attend. And your good etiquette allows others to do the same.

    • Go to yoga class with an empty stomach. This is not so much a practice of etiquette as it is a survival mode. Of course, you can look at it as good etiquette to not perform the act of spilling bodily fluids all over your mat! πŸ˜‰

Yoga consists of bending, twisting, stretching, lengthening, and strengthening moves. Eating a big dinner before that kind of movement could result in you cramping up or feeling nauseous. If this were to happen, you might not be able to fully participate or if it were to become too severe, you would end up having to leave the class. 😨

    • Communicate with your yoga instructor. If you have a permanent or temporary physical impairment, such as a bad back or a sprained ankle, let your instructor know before class. This way, modified poses can be explained to you on your time. This allows for the actual class to go on as normal without interruptions. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

For these scenarios you can do adjusted versions of poses. Or you can be given a nod by the instructor if you should skip a pose that could worsen your condition. πŸ˜„

    • Leave your cell phones outside. Don’t just put them on silent mode…literally leave them in the car or your locker. This is a favor to your classmates, allowing them to keep their focus on the class. It also allows your mind to stay focused on the class and not be concerned with who is trying to contact you about work or suds overflowing in the washer. πŸ”‡
    • Don’t be late and don’t leave early (unless you have an emergency). This disrupts the instructor’s train of thought and the concentration of others in the class. By leaving early without an extremely good reason, you won’t get everything you can out of the class. Yoga is a flow of movements for both your body and mind. It is a whole body experience that leaves you feeling whole and at peace. If that flow is interrupted you are left with a feeling of incompleteness. Just don’t do it if you don’t have to. 😠
    • Be respectful of others in the class. This means you must always:
      • Keep your voice down when you talk to others
      • Keep conversations to a minimum.
      • Bring your own towel and yoga mat.
      • Make sure you are clean and not wearing any perfumes or strong scents (deodorant, shampoo, etc).
      • Make sure to put away any props you used and by all means, leave them there for the next class. πŸ€—

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