Yoga Etiquette

In order for you to have the best possible yoga experience, it is important to learn, understand, apply and respect the principles that goes with yoga. For us, yoga etiquette (as we like to call it) involves being aware of others and contributing to the greater good i.e. “Are my actions negatively impacting others in the class?” If you feel that your actions may be deterring others from having a harmonious time in the class, then it is important to adjust your actions accordingly.

 

To make it easier for you, we have broken down the most essential yoga etiquette behaviours that you should follow in a yoga class.

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Yoga Etiquette

OUR YOGA ETIQUETTE CHECKLIST

Make sure to arrive 15 minutes earlier so that classes can start on the scheduled time. There is nothing worse than trying to concentrate on your practice and late comers disrupt your train of thought – be sincere and be on time.

There is no need for shoes in the studio. Bare feet grip the mat better so kindly leave your shoes at the entrance of the studio.

If you have any injuries or medical conditions, please inform your instructor. Yoga instructors may have an alternative pose for those suffering from knee injuries, back injuries and so on.

Wear appropriate yoga clothing that can absorb sweat. Make sure your clothes are comfortable and allow you to move with ease as some poses may mean squatting and stretching. Feel welcome to bring a set of clothes to change afterwards.

Don’t eat a big meal before practice and come well hydrated – water can be purchased from our Tree Cafe. We advise that you don’t do exercise until one to two hours after eating (depending on the size of the meal).

Make sure your cellphone and electronic devices are switched off. A ringing phone in class is distracting not only to you, but to your fellow yogis and instructor who are concentrating on their own growth in the practice.

Don’t wear fragrances to class. Smells and sounds are distracting to others – always be mindful of others and rather experience the natural essence of the yoga studio than bringing in artificial fragrances.

Remain in the studio for the whole duration of the class. If you really need to leave earlier, arrange so with your instructor before the class or find a spot near the exit so you can leave without too much distraction to the class.

No talking in the studio. Respect your fellow yogis who may be using the time to meditate and deepen their spiritual practice. Rather talk (softly) before and after classes.

For the best Tree Natural Yoga experience, we encourage people to stay in Savasana, the final relaxation pose for a while after class. This will ensure that you leave the class in a relaxed and renewed state.

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Yoga etiquette is simply about showing every day respect in a different setting – the principles of the yoga class are not there to make you feel like you are being policed, but rather there to make you more aware of others. If you are looking for a new yoga studio to join, consider Tree Natural Concept in Durban.

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