Yoga is a journey and I learn something new every time I practice. I have been practicing yoga for about three years and am also a certified yoga instructor. This summer I have had the great privilege of working at a studio in my hometown. There are many important etiquettes in the studio but I wanted to point out 5 important points that I truly believe are vital in helping you and others in having a great experience in the studio.
1. Keep quiet in the yoga room- The second an individual steps into a yoga room is when their practice begins. You can use this time laying in savasana to meditate and even set your intentions for your class. Think about what you want to focus and improve on in your class whether it’s focusing on your alignment, balance, or breath. Keeping quiet is important to others that are embracing the quiet space. Even if you do not meditate or do not like keeping quiet please respect the yogis around you by doing so.
2. Respect the instructor- Remember yoga instructors are human. Sometimes people tend to forget that an instructor might make a mistake during a class and thats okay!! They are also on a learning journey. Embrace the perfections and imperfections of the class. Always remember to thank them at the end of your class. Instructors are there to help you on your yoga journey so if you have any questions never feel afraid to ask! Instructors love your encouragement and constructive criticism in a kind manner.
3. Clean up after yourself- Although you are there to focus on your practice make sure to always respect the studio by cleaning up after yourself. We want to keep the yoga studio clean to respect our yogi friends, instructors, and ourselves. We also wouldn’t want to attend a dirty studio so remember to pick up after yourself.
4. Be Kind & Grateful To Others- Many times I notice that we tend to compare our level of practice to others. Which is normal to do but can turn into something very unhealthy. It can also hinder your growth in your practice. Different people have several reasons on why they do yoga wether it is for fitness, spiritual, or health reasons. Always respect where others are in their practice and where you are in your practice as well. Remember yoga is not a competition it is an individual journey. Being able to practice yoga with others is a great way to grow and celebrate where each and every individual is in their practice.
“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.” -Paramahansa Yogananda
5. Be Kind & Grateful To Yourself- Most importantly be kind to yourself. Embrace where you are in your practice. Try to listen to your body and accept where your strengths and weaknesses are. Love who you are and enjoy your yoga journey. Yoga is a practice so don’t be too hard on yourself but also try to find your edge in your practice. Always listen, look for improvement, and respect your well being.
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” –T.K.V. Desikachar
Lets continue on our yogi journey! As the yoga studio I attend always says-
“The light in me honors the light in you”
Lets honor the light in ourselves and others today.
What are some yoga etiquettes you feel are important to point out in the yoga studio?
I would love to hear from you.
with so much love,