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Pro-Tips on Yoga Etiquette

By Kaitlin Lacey

Be Yoga takes the unknown out of yoga. We have compiled a list of the do's and don'ts for beginner or seasoned yogis. Walk into class like the pro that you are sure to become! Be Yoga takes the mystery out of telling your teacher that you have an injury or what type of clothing to wear. Now all you have to do is relax and show up.

Is yoga something you’ve been meaning to try? Here are some pro-tips to ensure you enjoy the experience, and some etiquette pointers so you'll know how yogis roll.

Arrive 10-15 Minutes Before Class Starts.
Having time to talk to the teacher about injuries or other relevant health concerns, stow your belongings, gather your props, and find a spot for your mat helps get practice off to a calm start.

No Shoes, Phones, or Bags In the Yoga Room.
We are barefoot in there, so no shoes ensures a safe, debris-free environment for everyone. Leave your phones and other personal items in a cubby.

Comfort, Support, and Coverage.
Choose exercise type clothing that will stay in place as you move, while providing support and coverage as needed.

Cleanliness is Godliness.
Please wash your yoga gear after each use, including your mat and towel. Refrain from wearing perfume or cologne as it can get very strong in a warm room. If you're feeling not so fresh, take a shower before practice.

Don’t Eat Right Before Class.
Moving around, twisting, and going upside down are not great activities on a full stomach. If you need a little energy, then have something easily digestible, like a smoothie or a small snack.

If You Are Pregnant, Have Recent Injuries, or Particular Uniquenesses,
Let the teacher know. They are trained to give modifications for every body and will do their utmost to make certain your class is an enjoyable experience. Don’t be shy; we’ve heard it all.

Help keep savasana silent.
Perhaps our most important yoga etiquette tip: please keep still during savasana to allow your body and mind to assimilate the experience of yoga practice, and to avoid disturbing your fellow yogis.

You are welcome. Take a big breath in and sigh it out. You are now ready for yoga class.

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