- TICK TOCK: Consider that in the possibility that life contributes variations of opportunities that arrive at given moments, and the possibility that you are chronically tardy with time management. Keep in mind that it is disrespectful to the teacher and the sanctity of the students practice when we disrupt the class. IF you are late, don’t skip your class: come in quietly, wait until the chanting, pranayama practice or meditation is finished and slip in inconspicuously, apologize to the teacher after the class, and do your best to not let it happen again.
- NOISEWORX: Pranayama is a very audible experience during practice and is encouraged. However, be conscious of other sounds. If the instructor instructs that class to sigh, keep a loud moan to a sign. This goes as well as chit chat during class that distracts other students and robs them of their sacred time and space. Limit socializing before and after class that would impede in yoga class framework. The key here is to remember that class mate have come to practice alongside you, so we must respect and honor that sharing of this co-habited space.
- SHARING IN CARING: The teacher is there to help you. You are expected to share any concerns, injuries or relevant medical information with your teacher who has an ethical obligation to help you. Try to keep this to before and after class, allowing time provided as a service form your teacher. On the flip side, don’t hog the teacher. Resist the temptation to ask for adjustment for every pose. Practice the yogic discipline of restraint before make long accounts of all your injuries to the entire class. Remember here to schedule Private Tuition made available for specific issues.
- SWEATING: Is your best friend when it comes to releasing toxins in the body. It is your natural, healthy function to clean the pores and a sign that you are working hard. However, if your sweat can be likened more as a torrent then a mist, a great idea is to bring a towel to class rather than dripping on others mats.
- SHARE THE AIR: The practice of Yoga is unique in its emphasis on the breath. In a deep Ujjayi Breath, the waft of perfume can easily become an annoying stench to those around you. Do your best to limit perfumed products before class. The irritation of fragrance is a very real issue to the sensitivity of some people and it is an honoring practice to have a fragrance free environment. There are many deodorants out there that are fragrance free. Try them!
- FOOT FAVOURS: You may have noticed that in yoga classes, all students remove their shoes before entering the studio. One of these reasons requires some consideration for others. The yoga mat is a four sided personal space. As you navigate around the studio, it is important to step around your classmates mats. Imagine you are in Childs pose with your face directly against the floor where someone has stepped their stinky toes…. Not nice. If you are practicing partner yoga, it is polite to ask, where may I stand on your mat?
- NAMASTE, NOT ‘LETS PLAY’: One of the most rewarding things about attending classes is the sense of community we have with others. Being open and friendly is a trait that is common to the friendly yogi but we need to define this friendliness to ‘Namaste’ (“I honor the Divine in You”) and not the eye candy we see on the mat in front of us! Limit romance off the mat and out of the Yoga Studio to honor the sacred time and space defined whist on the mat. If you’re really struggling, try yoga with your eyes closed….
- UNI-YOGA: Parenting is one of the most revered occupations and labours of love that are undeniably difficult. In the occasion, your yoga teacher has given you their personal blessing to bringing your child/ren to class, in the context of a parents class, enjoying yoga with your
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