Even the most seasoned of yogis can need a reminder about some yoga class do’s and don’ts. There’s nothing worse than being, or tolerating, the person waltzing in late, chomping on gum or chatting away as you try to get centred. We hold free yoga classes at ClutchPR every Wednesday at 6:15 pm. Here are the tips, tricks and etiquette reminders we think are key for our yogis each week:
1) Be punctual. Latecomers are welcome but they can be disruptive to the rest of the class. If you’re late, find your place and lay your mat quietly.
2) Be mindful of the space, the air you’re breathing and the general vibe of the room. Every class is different. If you walk in early and people are chatting go ahead and chat. If you walk into total silence respect it.
3) Do your best to leave the rest of your day behind you. The yoga space is a place to forget your worries and focus on yourself. Surrender for 60 to 90 minutes.
4) This is a big one: personal hygiene. We can all get a little sweaty so do your best to stay fresh. Try some high-tech undies or Baby Powder. But avoid doing the extreme opposite too, some people are sensitive to strong scents.
5) Turn off your phone and be quiet! Silence is important during class.
6) Don’t push yourself too far. Listen to your body and respect its limits.
7) Wear comfy clothes you can move in.
8) Put your mat and other gear away after class.
9) Don’t move during Savasna (corpse pose) – you’re supposed to be playing dead. Yes, we know that’s challenging. That’s the point. This isn’t the time to roll up your mat and go. If you need to leave early, ask the teacher to signal you and leave before Savasna.
10) Take a second to think about how you felt before class and how you feel after. Notice the effects it has on your body and your state of mind. Soak it all in.