If you don’t want to be labeled as “that guy” in class, here are a few yoga class etiquette tips to help you:
- Be on time. Coming late is disruptive. Sure, things happen but if you are consistently late, you should consider taking a different class that fits your schedule better.
- If you are late for class or if you have to leave early, enter and leave the room as quickly and as quietly as possible.
- Put your cell phone on SILENT. Even vibrate is too loud. Especially in savasana.
- Avoid stepping on someone else’s mat – with or without shoes, it’s not cool. Someone is laying his cheek on that mat and no one wants your dirty feet on it.
- Keep the chatter and questions to a minimum. It’s okay to occasionally ask for clarification but if you are unsure about a pose, feel free to sit it out or speak with the teacher at the end of class.
- Lay off the perfume. In class, a lot of really deep breaths are taken. Don’t choke your neighbor by spritzing on a little too much eau-de-whatever. You’ll need that more AFTER the class.
- Dress comfortably and appropriately. Make sure your pants aren’t too sheer or that your shorts aren’t too loose. There’s no need for nipplegate in the studio.
- Give your fellow yogis space. Everyone’s personal space bubble varies in size.
- Stay for savasana. It’s an essential part of the practice and you will definitely have earned it.
- Clean up after class. Put away your yoga props and if you borrowed a mat, make sure you wipe it down.
If for any reason something doesn’t feel right or good to you, make sure you tell the teacher. If you run into an issue with the teacher, you should approach the yoga studio owner.
Remember, people come to yoga for all sorts of reasons. It’s a shared sacred and safe space. It’s important to respect and honor each other’s practice.