Yoga Etiquette and Best Practices
Welcome to Artizen yoga.
Regardless of where you are in your practice, you have much to gain and much to contribute. The following tips are intended to help you join the group with confidence.
Arrive on Time
Our studio door opens at least 15 minutes before each class and closes when class begins. Every student is required to sign in at the front desk. Arriving a few minutes early will give you time to set up your mat and center yourself before class begins. If you do slip in the door after class has begun, please do so quietly.
NOTE: New students are required to sign a waiver prior to participating in their first class, so please arrive a few minutes early.
Remove Your Shoes
In many cultures, removing one’s shoes is a sign of respect or reverence. Removing your street shoes also helps keep our studio floors clean. You will find cubbies just inside the door for your shoes, jackets, phone, keys, etc.
Turn Off Cell Phones
Nothing breaks everyone’s concentration like a loud ringtone. Please make it a habit to turn yours off as you enter the studio. Should you forget, please turn the phone off as quickly as possible.
Finish the Class
Unless you have an emergency or have told your instructor ahead of time that you may need to leave early, please stay for the entire class. The beginning and end of class are important parts of your practice.
Modify Your Practice as Needed
We can modify your practice for your safety, and to help you enjoy your practice more. During class, listen to your body. You will know when to test its limits and when to respect them. Remember that Child’s Pose is there whenever you need it.
Refrain from Talking
If you have an emergency, either step out of the class or bring the situation to your instructor’s attention as appropriate. But otherwise please respect both your teacher and your fellow students by refraining from talking during practice. There will be plenty of time to chat before and after class.
Drink water before, during and after class. Many of our classes are intended to make students sweat. Even in our unheated classes, you will practice poses that cleanse the lymphatic and immune systems. Help this natural practice by giving your body plenty of fluids.
Avoid Eating Before Class
There is an art to making sure your body has enough fuel to get you through class. Most students find it uncomfortable to practice on a full stomach. No food or open containers are allowed in the studio.
Bring What You Need
Most students prefer to use their own mats. If you are new to yoga, or forgot to grab yours, we will provide one for you. Sanitizer is provided; please wipe down the borrowed mat before returning it. Please bring a water bottle. You’re welcome to refill it our water cooler. Finally, bring a towel… especially for heated yoga classes.
Avoid Makeup / Perfumes
We come together to practice. Heavy perfume can be distracting to you and others. Come as you really are, and you’ll find you fit right in.
Show up real and give yourself the gift of being truly present for the entire class. Let go of the need to impress others. Let go of the day’s stresses. Let go of your expectations for how your practice should go and how your body should respond. Be with what is… and prepare to be amazed.