Yoga Tips & Etiquette

Yoga Studio Etiquette

1. Arrive early

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to class.  This will give you ample time to find a spot and settle in before class. Our doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please do not bang on the door if you are earlier as we are with students in another class.

2. Enter mindfully

Bodywork treatments and classes may be in session when you arrive, so please enter the studio mindfully and keep vocal tone low.  Remove your shoes and place in our racks or under the benches. Coats and other outerwear can be hung on our coat racks and all personal belongings can be stowed in our cubbies. Open and close bathroom doors quietly.

3. Cell phones

Please silence all cell phones and electrical items into the “OFF” position during class to allow for a quiet environment. If you would, place phones/purses/bags in cubbies. Please do not participate in phone conversations in our lobby, or even on our sidewalk. Remember, everyone needs to “unplug” and it helps our class/massage environment to temporarily leave our worldly trappings outside the door. 

4. Signing in

Check in with the front desk and sign in on our sign in sheet.   Please check in at the desk even if you have signed up online. Online sign ups are helpful for teachers in planning classes but if you are late for class and the class is full, your spot may be given to someone who is in studio on time.

5. Yoga mats/props

We have a limited amount of yoga mats for you to borrow.  Mat wipes are available for purchase at the front desk. We provide all other yoga props so there is no need to bring your own unless preferred.

6. Water

Feel free to bring water bottles/containers and be sure they have lids to prevent spilling. Have a drink before class, but limit yourself to a sip or 2 during class IF needed. It is better to hydrate after class. Our bodies do best with empty or light stomachs during asana practice, and this includes water.

7. Injuries/physical limitations

Please inform teachers of ANY acute or chronic conditions or injuries so that we may best accommodate your needs.  If in doubt that a pose is right for you, pause and listen to your body and feel free to ask for support from our highly trained staff. We may recommend modifications, a different style class, or an alternate pose.

8. During class

Listen to both your body and the teacher’s instruction. Stay focused on your own practice. While modifications and alternate poses are encouraged, we ask that you do follow the class in general. If you need a break, take child’s pose or savasana. Do not sit and watch others practice.

9. During class

Stay on your mat, and off of others’ unless given permission. Mats are an extension of our personal space and cleanliness. Please use the restrooms before or after class. Do your best to stay in and with the class. It is disruptive to have students entering/exiting during the class. 


Yoga asana, even gentle class, is a physical activity and we do go upside down.  Know your limits and stay home when ill. Choosing a gentler class to restart your practice after being ill is also encouraged.

11. Passing gas

A natural occurrence which may happen during a yoga class. Please do not make a big deal about it, and keep moving with the class. If it is more than a once in a great while occurrence, check with your teacher about it. You may be eating/drinking too closely to the time of practice. If this becomes a disruption of class, then refer to number 10. illness and stay home.

12. Feedback

Please tell us if you have an individual need or suggestion to make your yoga experience even more enjoyable.  Connect with the front desk staff, teachers or contact our Studio Director, Deb Bunnell.


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