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Yogi Etiquette 101 – Being Zen and Stuff

by Komal Patel
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Since December J and I have been going to yoga on the REG.

It is an awesome time just to relax, mediate, and stretch it all out.

I always feel so calm after yoga. Its ME time; the feel of the humidity, the music, the flow.

It’s one of the best time of my day….

All that being said, some people really know how to ruin those yogi vibes.

I like to show up to class 30 minutes early. There is this one spot in my studio that has a mirror in front of you and on the side.

I love that spot.

Gotta make sure my poses are done right.

anyways. like I was saying.

I show up 30 minutes early to get that spot and 9 times out of 10 it is mine.

The only time I really need to move is if the class is super full and I have to push up against the side mirror….which…I am ok with! Everyone deserves their chance to FLOW.

However…what I am NOT ok with is when people ask me to move just so they can get the spot. It annoys the crap out of me. I usually go ahead and move because I don’t want to through off my zen (or others)…so I thought it would be a good idea to share some yogi etiquette for those who are new to the yogi life.

Remove Your Shoes

Most studios have a place right in front of the door to remove your shoes. People are going to be walking around barefoot in the studio and want a clean place to practice. Be respectful and remove your shoes before walking in.

Don’t Bring Your Cell Phone

If you do decide to, make sure you silence it. There is nothing worse than being in a silent room, practicing your breathing, getting in the mood and then hearing a cell phone go off. It’s rude and distracting.

Arrive On Time

Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start ( or 30 if you’re like me) so you have time to check in, put down your mat, change, get water etc.

Respect Others’ Mat Spaces

It’s pretty frustrating when people just walk all over your mat. Yes, in the grand scheme of things it isn’t that bad…especially when the class is crowded, but do your best to avoid other people’s mats.

A lot of people see their mat as a special, personal, sacred place + they want to keep it clean.

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Go to the Bathroom During Resting Poses

If you need to go the restroom try and go during child’s pose or downward dog. It can be distracting to others who are trying to get that difficult pose down if you are walking out in the middle of it. If you can hold it – just wait.

Personal Hygiene

Remember yoga class is a V intimate setting and you may be practicing close…closer than close to another yogi.

What I’m saying is USE DEODORANT. Use toothpaste or mouthwash.

Wear clean clothes.

Bring a clean mat and clean towel in.

Good personal hygiene shows respect to yourself and to others in the class.

Be Quiet

I am definitely not a quiet person at all. I love conversation, but when I get to yoga I tend to SHUT IT. People have come to have time to themselves. Work on themselves. Mediate. Think. That is hard to do when you are slamming you mat down and complaining about what happened at work that day. It all really comes back to RESPECT.

Yoga is a time for self-reflection. Follow these basic rules and you can truly immerse yourself in your practice.

If anyone has anymore tips or thoughts on the subject I would love to know!

Wear Decent Clothes 

Wear clothes that are clean! No one wants to smell your 3 day old gym clothes. Wear clothes that are comfortable and fit well, so you can focus on your poses instead of fussing around with your outfit. 

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This post was done in collaboration with Amari Active – as always, all opinions are my own.

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Aditya April 18, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Hmm reading all these tips made me realize one thing. Rules and Etiquettes are more useful to everything whether it is Yoga or anything. It is basic things people should follow.

Komal Patel April 18, 2018 - 7:51 pm

You are absolutely right!

Alison Rost April 19, 2018 - 12:51 am

Yoga is one of the best exercises because it’s not just about getting fit but also about giving you some peace of mind. That being said, I agree that some people can easily ruin that. I’m glad you posted the dos and don’ts! I hope a lot of people read this!

Debbie Jean April 19, 2018 - 11:38 am

Sounds like you’ve had a few experiences there with everything from kindness to personal hygiene! Honestly those are things I’ve never even thought of going on in yoga classes. Love your outfit btw!!

Sam April 19, 2018 - 4:46 pm

Wait, people actually ask YOU to move so that THEY can have that spot? Why do they think you were there? Clearly you chose it, lol… Thanks for the etiquette tips! I have never done yoga but would like to get into it, and what’s funny is, all of these tips were things I already knew. Which means people who don’t follow them either straight up don’t care or don’t have any common sense!
LOVE your outfit!

Komal Patel April 19, 2018 - 7:38 pm

RIGHT!! Such common sense! We are V much on the same page. and thank you!!! <3

London Mumma April 19, 2018 - 6:53 pm

I am a big yoga fan. Nothing like a little bit of zen to keep you calm and refresh your mind, body and soul.

Jennifer Prince April 20, 2018 - 2:14 am

Yes! Be on time and no cell phone can apply to SO many different things. And yoga is so great to do! 🙂

Akamatra April 20, 2018 - 11:19 am

Yeah, that’s pretty much common sense right? I know many people who act this way and in my opinion it totally defies the reason why you do yoga. That said, I always needed to be near the front in my gym class since I couldn’t wear my glasses and couldn’t see from the back.

David Allen Elliott April 20, 2018 - 2:53 pm

I can’t imagine people going to do yoga in three day old gym clothes. That’s really kind of gross. I know guys who do all kinds of stuff but that just doesn’t seem right. Inappropriate clothes for yoga would be bad too.

Lindsay Troncone April 20, 2018 - 3:13 pm

I LOVE THIS! I couldn’t agree more! Especially with wear DO. haha I love yoga so much but especially in hot yoga it start to get a little stinky 🙂

Komal Patel April 20, 2018 - 4:49 pm

right! V smelly…just be respectful and use good hygiene lol.

Debby April 20, 2018 - 7:10 pm

I have never been to a yoga class but from what I have heard, your comments are spot on! Whether it is yoga or any other group activity, everyone should show respect and pay attention to their hygiene. That should really go without saying!

Sharon April 21, 2018 - 2:10 am

This article came into my life at just the right time! I’ve actually been recently looking into yoga. This is all so helpful to know. I think I would actually be GLAD to mute my phone for a while… what an awesome opportunity to unplug and relax.

Komal Patel April 22, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Yes exactly. Give yourself some ME time.

Tawnya April 21, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Love your tips about turning your cell phone off and leaving things outside. I’ve actually never done yoga, but have heard great things about it.


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