Yoga is a great way to clear your mind and get some physical activity into your daily routine. However, if you're new to the yoga world it can be intimidating to attend your first class. These are some great tips to introduce you to the etiquette of a yoga class.
A top tip is to get to the class early. This will help get you in the proper mindset and also won't disturb the people around you. If you're late, just wait until the opening ritual is finished.
Even if you're struggling with the class, you should stay until the end. You don't want to miss the savasana, the final relaxation. If you do have to leave while the class is still running you should let your instructor know beforehand.
You should also leave your shoes and cellphones outside the room. This is respectful to the people around you as it helps keep the studio floor clean and the class free of distractions.
Another way to be respectful to your fellow yogis is to skip the perfume and scented lotions. It will help others keep their focus.
It's also important to wear the proper attire. You want to be comfortable and practical. Modesty is also welcome.
Yoga is all about having an open mind. It's important to leave your judgments at the door. Sometimes unexpected things happen in yoga and keeping an inward focus will help maintain a safe space for all. Being respectful to everyone, including yourself, will help you get the most out of your yoga experience.