Yoga class etiquette

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

Whether you are a new or returning student, at Shanti Yoga Center we encourage everyone to consider these friendly reminders!

Silence Your Cell Phone:

Make a habit of doing this as soon as you get to class. You will be embarrassed if your phone rings during class, and it is a major distraction for the teacher and other students. If you forget and your cell phone rings, own up to it and turn the ringer off immediately. Never answer the phone or send texts during class.

Arrive on Time:

Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start so you have time to

check in, put down your mat, and go to the bathroom if necessary. If you do arrive late, do not enter a class more than 10 minutes after it has started. Wait for the next class or another day.

Respect Others Mat Space:

When asked, one of the biggest pet peeves of yoga students is "people stepping on my mat". Yes, it seems like a small issue, and sometimes it's difficult in a

really crowded room, but do your best to avoid stepping on other students' mats as you make your way through the room. Also, if you attend a class that is usually crowded, place your mat fairly close to the person next to you so there is enough space for everyone. Always be willing to move your mat to make room for another


Respect the Teacher:

When you enter a yoga class, you sign on to respect the teacher for the next hour

or so. You may discover halfway through the class that you do not care for this teacher, playlist, or style of yoga. We would encourage you consider continuing with the class. Follow the teacher's instructions, take your savasana, and perhaps it becomes learning experience.

Go to the Bathroom During Resting Poses:

It is fine to leave class for a few minutes to go to the bathroom. There is no need to ask the teacher's permission. The best time to go is when there is a period of rest, either in child's pose or downward dog. Just avoid dodging out during difficult poses or skipping part of savasana.

Don't Skip Savasana:

Your final relaxation in savasana is an important part of your practice. Try not to leave class early. If you must, tell the teacher prior to the class; start and take a short savasana before you go. Just do not make a habit of this.

Overall, come into your Yoga practice with an open mind and heart. Be willing to let go of expectations and notice where the practice takes you!