Tip #1: Make A Friend
You walk into the studio for your first-ever yoga class, and stop short. There’s no sign of where you should set up camp. Have no fear; the solution is much more simple than you may think.
The general yoga class etiquette rule when it comes to mat placement is to simply line yours up next to some else’s, leaving enough space to move, but not so much that there’s no room for more people to line up next to you. Otherwise, the entire studio is free game when it comes to where you stand.
Tip #2: Skip the Scent
No matter how amazing you think your favorite perfume smells, remember that even the slightest scent can quickly become overwhelming in a crowded room. This is especially true during a yoga class, since part of the process includes inhaling and exhaling for relaxation. It’s important to be considerate of other people’s sensitivities and wait until after class to spritz your scent.
Tip #3: Clean Your Mat
True, devoted yogis purchase their own mats to take with them to each class, but it’s perfectly acceptable to borrow a mat from the studio. If you are borrowing a mat, make sure to clean it after using it to prevent the spread of sweaty germs.
Tip #4: Know Your Body
It’s tempting to push yourself beyond your abilities when you’re in a room full of people, but for your own safety, it’s important to resist that temptation. While trying new poses is certainly beneficial – and always encouraged – no one will think any less of you for taking it easy when things get too difficult.
Tip #5: Ask For Help
This is a big one. You’ll never improve if you don’t ask for assistance when you need it. Yoga isn’t as “easy” as some people assume, and instructors prefer you ask questions, rather than fall over and hurt yourself.
With these tips, you’ll quickly go from yoga novice to experienced yogi. Are you ready to give yoga a try? If so, check out Flow Yoga at Downtown Athletic Club.