Being new to a yoga practice can be daunting in itself, but not being sure of the proper etiquette can cause unnecessary stress. Here are a few tips that will make you feel right at home in no time.
Be on time~
This respects your classmates and the teacher, and will give you time to place your mat and get any props you may need.
Dress lightly in loose and comfortable clothing, nothing that you wouldn’t be comfortable bending over in. You want to enjoy your yoga session without worrying about your clothing.
Once you enter the yoga studio, be respectful of others meditative or introspective approaches; you'll be able to focus on your own yoga practice better when you are able to refrain from excessive movement or noise.
Remove your shoes~
Yoga is practiced barefoot, so it is most hygienic if you take off your outdoor shoes first thing upon entering the studio.
Turn off your cell phone~
Make a habit of doing this as soon as you get to the yoga studio.
Respect your neighbor~
Respect their space, avoid walking on others mats. Make sure you're clean and avoid perfumes, Limit very heavy , loud breathing to your personal practice.
Don’t be shy about using props whenever you feel you need to. Make sure to let your instructor know if you have any conditions that may affect your practice such as injury, or pregnancy. And be sure to always work within your comfort level. Most of all just have fun!
Don’t Skip Savasana!
Your final relaxation pose is Savasana and this is an important part of your practice. If you must leave early tell the teacher in advance, place your mat near the exit and don't make a habit of this.
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