Etiquette In The Studio

Are you new to yoga, or a new member of the Heal Yoga studio?  Read this article to learn about our studio etiquette so you can fit in and feel comfortable attending our classes.

Preparing For Your Class

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure you are well hydrated.  You may wish to avoid eating 1 – 2 hours before your yoga class.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes or heavy scents on the days you attend class.  Other members may have allergies to perfumes or essential oils.
  • Leave your valuables at home.  Although we make every effort to ensure our space is safe, we take no responsibility for the loss of your property.

Arriving At The Studio

  • Regular members are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the class starts.  New members attending their first class are asked to arrive 20 minutes early. 
  • Take off your shoes when you enter the studio, and leave them at the door.  Out of respect for other members, ensure your feet are clean.
  • Be as quiet as possible when in the reception area, as voices carry.  Move silently in the studio and avoid talking once on your yoga mat.
  • Turn your cellphone and smartwatch off and place it in your bag or purse, which can be left on the members’ shelving.
  • When entering the studio, bring only your yoga mat and water bottle.  Align the top center of your mat with the little symbol of the floor.
  • New members may wish to position themselves in the second row as this allows you to watch the yogis in the front row and learn from them.

During Your Yoga Class

  •  Never hold your breath.  Breathe calmly and deeply as you move through your poses and as you rest in between.
  • Do your best to stay in the class.  If you feel light-headed or dizzy, lie in savasana or child’s pose and focus on your breath.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to sit out of any posture at any time.  If you’re extra sore or have an injury, let your instructor know before the class begins.
  • Practice stillness between postures.  Honour the silence in the room by moving quietly.  Once on your mat, do not talk to other students.
  • If you need to leave the class, please make eye contact with your instructor so they know you are ok.

After Your Yoga Class

  • Out of respect for your instructor and the members around you, please do not leave class early (before or during savasana).
  • Continue to observe silence.  Leave the room quietly without disturbing others.  Remember your voice carries in the reception area.
  • If you found the class challenging, please consider attending for at least 3 classes.  It takes time for your body to adapt to your new physical activity.
  • Continue drinking water to stay hydrated.