When I participated in yoga training one of the things we did before we started with the training was to come up with what we thought was a list of “Yoga Etiquette.” This was a great idea because everyone piped up with what they thought was proper etiquette for a yoga class. And then, of course, we were to use the list and apply it to our yoga training and the classes we were to be participating in throughout the training. Most studios will post a list of yoga etiquette on their website or in the studio. It is helpful to know the different ideas of etiquette for each studio. Some studios lock the doors so that the class, once it has begun, is not interrupted. Since not all studios lock the door it is really good to know so you know that if you are 10 minutes late (or whatever their stated time is) you will not be allowed to enter. That is just an example. Here is the list that me and my fellow trainees came up with:
I would say that most of these are fairly common rules of etiquette, but I will also say that even though they are common they are not commonly practiced.
Some of these might have you questioning the reason, or perhaps wanting more of an explanation. If so, ask away. One I will address because I often hear people ask what “appropriate clothing” is and why that matters. I mean, many people feel that people should be allowed to wear what they want. Especially now-a-days where clothing and what people wear is such a topic for debate. But this is a pretty important one especially for teachers. While someone might feel absolutely comfortable with a low cut top or bottom, when they bend over and all that the other participants in the class can see is either breasts or butt, it is somewhat off-putting and distracting. Even if the wearer is comfortable exposing his or her chest or bum, yoga class is really not the place to let it all hang out. Also really tight fitting clothing is not appropriate if it keeps you from moving. I would say jeans whether loose or tight are not appropriate yoga wear. The clothing should allow you to move and be comfortable, yet fit properly. I also think for many yoga classes, layers are a good thing. When the class first starts it might seem chilly, but then the body warms up. At the end, shavasana, it could be the time to cover up again. While the yoga studios that I have seen have not dictated what people wear, the do usually provide guidelines.
Do you agree with all of these rules? Do you have any to add? Do you have any you would like to see followed?