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I always remind my students, “It is your practice, do what feels best for you.” I fully believe and support this concept… unless it is at the expense of others. The idea of yoga etiquette comes down to respect and working towards a greater good so that what you are doing is not altering anyone else’s experience in a negative way. These subtle and sometimes unspoken rules of yoga etiquette help to ensure that everyone has a great class!

Be mindful of the time
As yoga teachers, we work hard to respect our students by starting and ending class on time. Arriving late can disrupt the focus of both students and teachers. Depending on how late you join a class in progress, it can even be unsafe for you, as the rest of the class may be moving into postures that your body is not properly prepared for. Along these lines, try your best not to leave class during Savasana. This is the final relaxation posture where everyone can soak in all of the benefits of their practice. If you need to leave class early, let your instructor know ahead of time so that she/he can let you know when it’s a good point in class to slip out.

Respect other’s space
Try to arrange your mat in a neat row to make space for other yogis behind and in front of you. If you’re in a crowded class, consider making room for others walking in. Yoga is for everyone, after all, and we want to be inclusive! Also, be thoughtful about your belongings surrounding your mat. Keep water bottles, blocks and straps close by and leave whatever you don’t need for class in a locker or cubby outside of the yoga room.

Don’t forget about personal hygiene!
In yoga, we breathe and sweat together in a closed room and in close proximity to one another. Out of respect for each other’s air, be mindful of your own odors. Wear clean clothes, avoid dousing yourself in heavy cologne or perfume (some people are allergic), try to keep your breath fresh, and avoid re-using a sweaty or moldy towel. At the end of class, take a moment to wipe any stray drops of sweat from the floor around you. Your fellow yogis will thank you!

Make the yoga room a sanctuary
Many people think of the yoga room as a type of sanctuary. It’s a space for quiet, relaxation and even meditation. The sound of a cell phone ringing, chatty conversations, loud grunting and laughter are just some of the noises that can disturb this peaceful space. Do your best to keep these distractions to a minimum. You might be surprised at how refreshed you feel after separating yourself from the outside world for an hour!
— Gillian Blake - Corepower Yoga