Yoga Etiquette

  • Wear comfortable, stretchable clothes but not too loose-fitting i.e. fitted rather than big, loose and baggy.
  • Yoga is practiced barefoot. Please remove your shoes and socks.
  • If possible, don’t eat hard solid foods for at least two hours before practice. Doing yoga with a belly full of food (or drink) will be uncomfortable.
  • If possible, empty the bladder and bowels before practice.
  • Yoga is a discipline. Be on time and don’t expect to leave before the the end of the practice.
  • Tell your teacher about any injuries or special health conditions before practice. This will help the teacher make suggestions to make your practice safer and more enjoyable.
  • During a non-heated practice, please minimize drinking water. Water cools the inner heat (what the yogis call “tapas”) that helps makes the body flexible. Do drink plenty of water after class. Drink lots of water after class to replenish and flush your body.
  • If you absolutely must leave the room during practice, or need to use the restroom, please do so between poses.
  • Women are advised to listen to their bodies regarding practising during their menstruation period. Some women prefer to abstain from practice for the first two nights of their menstruation. Additionally, inversions are not recommended during menstruation; most importantly, listen to your body to make this decision.

Come with an open mind and an open heart.

Be easy with yourself.
Focus on the breath and the poses will come.
Respect your limits and don’t compete (with others or your self). It is much easier to stay well than recover from an injury.

The most important thing… Enjoy yourself and have fun with your yoga practice!

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