Etiquette & Tips

As an inclusive, safe space, we strictly do not tolerate any form of harassment, abuse, or violence—be it subtle or egregious, physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual. We reserve the right to take all appropriate measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, our space and our community.

Your respect of the following guidelines will help maintain a safe, focused, and healthy practice for our community.

 

Please inform us of any injuries or concerns you have before class begins.

 

Silence is knowledge. Do not disrupt the practice space with small talk. If talk is necessary—with your instructor, or a fellow student—speak softly and mindfully.

 

Maintain drsti: keep your eyes to yourself. Cultivate a gentle, noble, and internal gaze. Yoga is noncompetitive and not a spectator sport. If you are watching your neighbors enough to be able to compare yourself with them, question your technique.

 

Cell phones must be turned off or set to silent and may not be taken into the practice space. No photos. This is a meditative, internal form.

 

Collect any props you will need for your practice before class starts. Maintain a neat & safe practice space: keep your personal effects in the space provided, not at your mat. In the practice space, restrict yourself to: Your mat, a towel, props if necessary. Keep items folded or organized when not in use. Additional items interfere, because some poses take you off the mat, and your instructors will be walking around to adjust and assist you.

 

Avoid eating a heavy meal for several hours before class and please refrain from drinking water during practice. We encourage you to stay well hydrate before and after practice. Water is important. Drink water consistently during the day, so that you are not dehydrated during class. It is best to avoid drinking water while practicing, because it disrupts the flow of movement and breath, and can make you feel sloshy or unwell during challenging portions of your practice. If you initially need to have a water bottle with you at your mat, that’s okay, but try and wean yourself off this and consider changing your habits during the rest of your day: it may be a sign that you’re not taking care of yourself when you aren’t practicing.

 

Do your best to avoid using the bathroom during practice. Plan ahead.

 

Wash yourself with soap and water both before and after class and wear lightly or unscented deodorants. If you do not have access to the necessary facilities (if you’re going to or from work, for example), bring any necessities like soaps, deodorants and towels with you.

 

Do not use strongly scented products, including colognes, perfumes, soaps, essential oils, non-essential oils, antiperspirants, deodorants, conditioners, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, etc. Strong scents in a closed, warm space where people are perspiring can be disruptive or even painful to sensitive practitioners.

 

Try not to step on other people’s mats and make awareness of the space around you and respect for the space of others a part of your practice. Arrange your mat square with your neighbors and the room; if extra space is needed in a crowded class, please move your mat to create additional room.

 

If you used any props, return them neatly to their proper place.

 

If you borrowed a mat, clean it thoroughly.

 

Enjoy your practice. Help to create an environment where others can enjoy their practice as well. We appreciate sincerity more than seriousness: smile!