Ever wondered about yoga etiquette and what is and isn’t acceptable at your yoga studio? We reveal the yoga rules you really should stick to.
With yoga being the new black, the number of yoga studios and people practicing yoga is on the rise. While many of us might be familiar with gyms, aerobic-style workouts and outdoor training classes, attending a yoga studio comes with a different set of rules. Never fear though, we have found out most important yoga rules for you to follow.
Arrive on time: This one is non-negotiable in most yoga studios where they might lock the door prior to starting. This means late arrivals won’t be able to enter. Yoga is meant to be relaxing so it’s best not to be frantically racing to get to class. Try to arrive 5-10 minutes before the yoga class so that you have the chance to ease into your yoga practice.
Turn off your phone or better still leave them at home: Have you ever been in a yoga class when someone’s phone goes off? It really just seems so out-of-place, not to mention how embarrassed the owner is when they realise it’s their phone! Try to leave your phone in a locker outside the room. If you have to bring your phone into the yoga room, make sure it is on silent and out of site before you jump on your mat.
Tell your teacher about any injuries: If you have any injuries that might prevent you from doing certain poses or from being adjusted in certain positions, make sure you let your teacher know. This will help your teacher offer variations to particular poses, helping to create poses that minimises injuries.
Keep it down: Be mindful when you roll out your yoga mat that you do this quietly. There is nothing worse that people loudly flopping open their yoga mat, particularly when other yogis are in the meditation zone. It’s also important not to chat to friends once you’re in the yoga studio. While yoga is a great way to socialise with friends, leave the catching up to after class where you can chat over coffee or brunch.
Leave your ego at the door: This one is easier said than done. Believe it or not, yoga is not about what everyone else in the room is doing; it’s about being present in your body and listening to it. Just because some else my being doing a more difficult variation of a pose, doesn’t mean you have to do it. Instead focus on what your body can do and reap the benefits from that variation of the pose. If your teacher adjusts you in a pose, it doesn’t always mean you’re doing the pose wrong. The adjustment may help you move into the pose more deeply or assist you in a balance pose.
Stay to the end: While for most of us Savasana is our favourite pose, some people find it difficult or a waste of time to lie still. Instead the make a run for the door. Resist the urge to be one of these people and stay until the class is completely over, as leaving early is likely to disturb other attendees.
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Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.