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Yoga Etiquette: Tips for Attending Yoga Classes

Yoga is designed to be a safe space. But in order for it to be that way, there are certain things that we need to do. The way we act in a yoga space is known as yoga etiquette.

What? Yoga etiquette? Is this possibly the first time you heard the two words out together?

I thought I’d share a little yoga etiquette that you can apply to your practice at home, at your yoga studio or during special yoga events. Some you may already be familiar with…

Arrive Early

Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early. This gives you and the other yogis a chance to settle into the space so practice can start on time. Remember asteya (non-stealing) from the Yamas?

Bare Feet

Remove your shoes and keep them safely out of the practice area/ studio. Yoga is practised with bare feet. Most yoga studios prefer shoes to be kept in the lobby or in an area close to the studio entrance.

Be mindful of where you stand. There might be props or water bottles on the floor. Also, respectfully do not stand on another yogi’s mat without their permission.

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Leave Your Ego at the Door

One of the most important things when it comes to this sacred practice! Leave your ego at the door, in your car and just off of your mat! Yoga is not a competition. Think about Brahmacharya of your Yamas and ishvarapeanidhana of your Niyamas.

Be Kind and Gentle

Stay kind and gentle with yourself and others. Check in with communication. Is it something that can be done after class? Can you just, for now, sit in the silence and allow yourself to be?

Like the saying says, everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Switch Off

Turn off electronic devices, or place them on aeroplane mode. Some studios won’t allow any phones into the space. Once again, be respectful and use this time to release that attachment.

Yoga class is a time to escape the digital addictions and distractions we face in everyday life, offering you a rare chance to be fully present.

Inform Your Teacher About Injuries

SUPER IMPORTANT! Tell your teacher about any injuries, health conditions and anything that you might need to be mindful of before the practice begins.

Be aware of any contraindications like recent surgery and cosmetic procedures. These are especially relevant in aerial yoga. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the specific contraindications for aerial yoga before attending a class.

Stay for Savasana

Why are you leaving before Savasana? Unless it’s super urgent and you need to leave early, let your teacher know so that you can be close to the door. When you do leave, make sure to do so before the final relaxation begins. When its time to leave, pack up and scoot out as quietly as possible.

If you can stay, please do. Savasana is such an important part of the practice.

Clean Up

Clean up after yourself, whether in your own space or at a studio.

Return any blankets, blocks, bolsters, straps and any props before you leave. If you’ve used a studio mat, make sure to roll it up and put it back where you found it. With aerial hammocks, wait for the teacher to help take it down and then place it back where it belongs.

Leave the space as clean as you found it. Show respect to the studio and students in later classes.

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Be Respectful

R E S P E C T! The space, your fellow yogis, and the space. Remember, we all come to the mat on any given day for different reasons.


Listen to your teacher’s instructions. Pay attention to your body, and listen to your heart.

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