10 Yoga Etiquette Rules You Need To Follow
While yoga is a great way to relax and unwind, there are some rules that you need to follow when doing it. This will help ensure that everyone has a good time while they’re working out. Here are 10 of the most important yoga etiquette rules to follow:
Show up to class on time
Don’t be late. If you’re running late and need to enter the room, do so quietly and without disrupting anyone’s practice. This is a courtesy that should be extended not only to yourself but also to others in your class.
If someone else has arrived early enough to claim their spot on a mat or chair, wait for them to finish before taking theirs–and then make sure they have time (and space) before entering into conversation with them during or after class!
Don’t talk during class
Talking can be a distraction for others and also for yourself, as it will take your mind off the moment and onto something else if you are trying to focus on your breathing or balance. If you have questions about poses, ask them after class when there is time for discussion or clarification on how to do the pose correctly–and if no one knows the answer, then just keep practicing until you figure it out!
If you need help with anything related to class (e.g., finding an empty mat), try waiting patiently until after all students have arrived before asking someone else who may be able to assist; otherwise, they might feel rushed because they’re worried about getting started right away and won’t have time afterward either way!
Clean up after yourself
It’s easy to forget that you’re responsible for cleaning up after yourself in yoga class. If you don’t, then others who come after you will have to clean up your mess as well–and they may not be happy about it!
So make sure that you put away all of the equipment (blankets, blocks and straps), return mats to their proper racks when done with them and wipe down any surfaces where sweat has accumulated (such as floors and walls).
- If you spill water, clean it up.
- If you drop something, pick it up.
- If you see someone else’s belongings on the floor and they are not there, leave them for them to find later when they return to their mat or chair.
Use props properly
Props are there to help you. Be sure to ask for assistance if you need it, and don’t be afraid of looking silly; everyone was a beginner once!
- Don’t use props to show off–you wouldn’t use weights in a gym class just because they were there, would you? The same goes for yoga props: they’re not meant to be used as an excuse for not being able to do something without them.
- Don’t use props as an excuse for lack of flexibility–if something doesn’t feel right or isn’t working out, ask yourself whether it’s really necessary before using a prop (or skipping the move altogether). If so–great! But if not… no one wants their practice interrupted by someone else’s ego issues. And remember that sometimes less is more: if something feels like too much effort or takes away from meditation time rather than enhancing it… well then maybe try another way around instead?
- Don’t leave your stuff lying around after class has ended–this includes mats but also towels and blocks (and anything else). We know how tempting it can be when we’re tired at the end of class after finishing all those poses… but think about all those other people who came before us and left nothing behind either!
Respect your fellow yogis
Be mindful of their space and belongings. If you’re not sure where to put something, ask the instructor or a fellow student for help.
- Respect your fellow yogis by showing up in clean clothes, keeping it classy and being mindful of any injuries or sensitivities you may have.
- Show up to class on time.
- Don’t talk during class! You’ll be distracting to the other students, who are trying to focus their energy inwardly as well as outwardly through their physical practice.
- Clean up after yourself: if you take a towel from the studio, don’t leave it there; if there’s a mat that needs washing at home (or wherever), make sure it gets washed; and so forth…
If someone is being especially disruptive during class–whether by talking loudly or making inappropriate jokes–ask them politely if they could stop doing so; if they don’t comply with this request then speak with the teacher directly about what happened afterwards.”
Yoga etiquette is important
It’s a sign of respect for yourself and others, and it helps create an environment that is conducive to practice. When you’re practicing yoga, remember that you are in a sacred space–the body–and should be mindful of the energy around you.
Yoga etiquette can be broken down into two categories: personal and communal. Personal yoga etiquette includes things like:
- setting an intention for your practice (i.e., what do I want out of this session?),
- keeping your mat clean by wiping up sweat after class or bringing towels with you to wipe down equipment before using it,
- taking care not to disturb other students as they flow through their own practice; communal refers more broadly toward how one conducts oneself during class itself: being respectful of others’ space by moving quietly through transitions between poses;
- listening attentively when being guided through a sequence;
- not talking while others are practicing unless explicitly invited by instructor or fellow classmate/practitioner ;
- and respecting the instructor’s authority by following instructions and not questioning them in front of other students.
Communal etiquette extends beyond the boundaries of the studio as well: it is important to be mindful in your interactions with others outside of class (and especially if you are sharing space with them), whether they are fellow practitioners or members of your community at large.
Yoga Etiquette – Conclusion
Yoga is a beautiful practice that can bring us closer to our bodies and minds. The more we practice, the closer we get to finding balance in our lives, which is why it’s important to be mindful of how we treat each other while doing so!