Beginner Yoga – Studio Etiquette
When trying out different yoga studios, be mindful of the culture of the studio. Each one is different. In general, it is never appropriate to wear your shoes inside of the studio, talk to your friends during class, leave your phone on, or ignore the teacher and start doing your own poses. The best advice is to simply be respectful of the studio, class, instructor and your own body.
When attending a yoga class, try to arrive 10 – 15 minutes early so you have time to change, set up your mat and collect whatever props you will need before the class begins. Be conscious of how many people are attending the class, you may need to move your mat to help make room for others. While eating is generally discouraged inside of the yoga studio, most allow drinks and may offer bottles of water or a water cooler. Try to be completely prepared for the class to begin, sitting on your mat, at least 5 minutes before the class starts.
When participating in the class, listen to your body as well as the instructor. If you do not feel comfortable doing a pose for any reason, you always have the option to skip the pose and do whatever resting pose is recommended. If you have personal questions for the instructor, try to save them for after the class.
"When in Rome" is a good phrase to live by when deciding what the etiquette is for a yoga class. Most yoga studios are warm, welcoming environments where the teachers are used to dealing with new students and will be a big help in guiding you through the beginning stages of your yoga practice.