I am not always known for having good behavior in all areas of my life, but I really love that quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, "well behaved women rarely make history."
However, I am very persnickety about my and others etiquette in a yoga class. Here are a few tips that I think are important:
- Be On Time: This is super important, especially if the teacher is starting with a quiet meditation (which they usually do). There's nothing worse than someone coming in late, tripping over everyone to find a spot, all the while muttering “Sorry, sorry, so sorry”.
- Practice Good Personal Hygiene: Despite what everyone may think, yoga can be a pretty intense workout and sweating, or glowing as I like to call it, does happen. So, I always make sure I have on that clinical strength deodorant. Also, in busy classes peeps can be close to each other so strong smells of perfume or body odor are not a good idea.
- Do Not Bring Your Phone Into Class: This has happened to me in more than one class. One woman answered her phone and had a conversation! The whole point of yoga is to go within and disconnect from the frenetic world for a while. I always leave my phone in the car so I am not tempted to look at it and it's quite refreshing to be disconnected for a little while.
- Wear Appropriate Clothing: I once (and it was the only time...sigh) took hubby to class with me. He was opposite a very nice yoga lady who seemed very appropriately dressed until she did downward facing dog. Then her lovely airy v-necked top revealed a full frontal. Hubby's ability to concentrate after that was seriously diminished. So, important to think about that, classes are usually co-ed and those men creatures are so visual, so be aware.
- Stick Around For Savasana: I know people are super busy and often are pulled in a million directions. I myself have been known to make lists in my head during a yoga class. But that savasana at the end (aka a nap) is SO important to relax, cool down, reassess your practice and prepare for the outside world. If you run out early, you are not only cheating yourself but interrupting everyone else’s blissed-out experience. Wars have started for less!
- Thank The Teacher: Whatever you think of the class, this teacher showed up and gave you a class. You may think it is the greatest thing you have experienced since wine was put into boxes, or you may think it was mediocre at best. Whatever you think, suspend your judgement and thank the teacher.
- Put Away All Your Stuff (better than you found it): This may speak to my OCD issues of needing everything in its place and put away in the same way it was found. It's a small irritation when I need a mat and it has not been rolled up neatly by the previous person, or I have to fight my way through a mountain of blocks to find a matching pair (must be the same size and color…. see I told you I had issues!). It really does not take 2 minutes at the end of class to put everything away better than you found it. And crazy ladies like me will not be swearing under their breath, which really is the antithesis of a yoga class! Please save me!
These may be little things to many, but these few simple tips can make a much more euphoric experience for everyone.
Have...Be a great day!