We all love yoga. And we all convene under one roof for the joyful practice of yoga and mindfulness for personal liberation and freedom from karma—blah blah blah.
Here it is: If you step on my mat again, I'm gonna lose it.Here are some simple rules of etiquette I think we can all follow.
The phone. It should be all the way off. No vibrating and definitely no ringing, no matter how melodic your ring tone may be. It's just not cool. If you're expecting an important phone call, maaaaybe you can put it under your mat.
Lateness. We all understand about traffic and such. Just, please, be respectful when entering class.
The air. Everyone likes it on a different setting. Me, I like it hot, hot, hot, but I'm not going to get up and crank it. Please just let the teacher deal with the air control.
Loudness in general. Yawning, breathing and all kinds of physical forms of "letting everything go" don't have to be heard all the way across the room.
Savasana. This is a biggie. If you plan to leave early, leave early. Let the teacher know ahead of time, and feel free to take an early savasana or seated meditation. And, please and thank you, savasana is not the time to get up and check your phone.
No gum. No perfume. No attitudes.
Busting out rogue moves that have nothing to do with what the teacher is teaching. I know, I know, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana isn't your thing. But please, while 40 people are in pidgeon, please don't be doing one-handed handstands at the wall. It's distracting. To be clear: I'm not talking about modifications here. Modifications are not only OK, they are a must if you have an issue. The thing is, teachers work hard on the sequences for their classes for a reason. If everyone is doing a mellow, cooling hip opener that might not be your fancy, there are variations and choices for you.
Yoga mats. If you own your own or you're using a loaner, keep it clean. That is all.
Sign in. Don't confuse the desk people who count the classes.
Have I covered everything?...
Thank you teachers, thank you students and thank you to the divine nature in us all. Now, seriously, don't step on my mat.