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Yoga Etiquette

PureJoy Yoga

PRACTICE FOR LIFE

Yoga Etiquette

Divine Timing

If this is your first class, please arrive 15-20 minutes early to finish any paperwork and to receive a studio tour. Students are always welcome to stop by the studio before their first class to complete either.

Punctuality, like yoga, is a discipline. Getting into the habit of arriving early to class allows you to:

  • Meet more of the yoga community
  • Stretch it out before practice
  • Ground yourself or meditate

Late Policy: Students are not allowed to enter the classroom 5 minutes after class has started. If you must be late, please be respectful of your fellow students when entering the studio by minimizing disruptions and noises.

Unplug and Tune In

Yoga classes are a way to clear the mind of emotional, physical and even technological clutter. Cell phones must be turned to Airplane mode if in the studio and stowed away with personal belongings in a cubby.

Yoga is a silent practice. Questions and comments are openly invited after class, and discussion with fellow students is encouraged before and after class. Please keep distractions to a minimum while class is in session.

Eat Light, Feel Brighter

Yoga is best done on an empty stomach. Due to its physical nature, eating 2-3 hours before the practice is recommended. If you must eat something within the time before your class, try to have something light like a salad, granola bar or juice until after the class is over. Know your body, if you haven’t had enough to eat and start to feel light-headed in class, please excuse yourself.

Do It Barefoot

Shoes shall be left outside the studio doors as a sign of respect for the space and to keep our feetsies clean from debris!

Saucha [ cleanliness ]

One of the Niyamas, Saucha is often referred to as cleanliness of body, environment, intake and thoughts. We respect this code of conduct, and our fellow students, by bathing the body and not eating heavily fragrant foods (such as garlic or curry) before class. Because of the close proximity to other students, unscented or lightly scented deodorant should be worn. Heavy perfumes are not advised as they can aggravate allergies.

Be mindful to clean up any sweat and put away any props used during class, rolling up straps. If you borrowed a mat, please clean it with mat spray and a paper towel before returning.

Asteya [ non-stealing ]

One of the Yamas, Asteya in a yoga class means that the teacher will not take more of your time than expected, and the students will not take away from the experience of others. We ask that you please hold your questions until the end of class, after all instruction is complete.

Be mindful to clean up any sweat and put away any props used during class, rolling up straps. If you borrowed a mat, please clean it with mat spray and a paper towel before returning.

Awareness = Respect

Yoga helps us cultivate awareness of our behaviors, tension and stress we hold in the body, and how we perceive the world. Be aware of your practice and its impact on others, respect your teacher as your teacher, and allow yoga to shift your perspective.

If you have to leave class early, be mindful to set up in the back of the room and let the teacher know!