Your Yoga Teacher’s-Point Checklist

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Confused about what to do and not do in a yoga class? Here is a guide that will help you understand what the rules say and how to conduct yourself and prepare for a yoga class.

This list of yoga etiquette is not exhaustive. Different studios and teachers may have their own “rules.” Here are a few of the most important ‘rules,’ which I recommend you remember for your next class.

Shower BEFORE class.

Yoga class can be a very intimate experience, even though you will sweat out your frustrations. You’re feet are bare, and your bum in the air. ).

Quickly rinsing off with shea butter soap and essential oils will remove dirt, oils, and impurities. Asana should be a ritual. A clean body shows respect and is part of the ritual.

Yoga practitioners encourage the use of kriyas to cleanse and purify their bodies. Every morning, I perform neti (cleansing of the nasal passages), Hrid, and Danta dhauti cleaning the teeth and tongue) and nail (engaging abdominal muscles to tone and aid digestion).

Avoid perfumes and scented products.

Chemical scents, while they may be appealing to you, are not attractive. Chemical scents can cause allergies in students and are distracting in practice. They are also toxic to the environment.

Try using products that contain natural essential oils, such as Badger Balm or coconut butter with lavender. Welda has a line of natural deodorants free from aluminum or synthetic fragrances.

You won’t have to use antiperspirants if you practice a yogic lifestyle along with asanas. Your sweat will not smell like alcohol, caffeine, decomposing dairy products, or decomposing meat. These substances make the blood acidic, which causes a chemical reaction to neutralize it as the body establishes its homeostasis.

This is a bad smell and poo-poo. The result is a stinky B.O. Skip the Bath and Body Works spray and opt for something more environmentally friendly.

Empty the bowels and bladder.

It may seem obvious, but take your time when leaving the office to get to class or getting ready in the morning to use the restroom properly. It will help you avoid being distracted in class and having to leave during practice.

Asanas that help to detoxify the body and nourish it properly can be performed more easily when the abdominal and pelvic areas are free of excess waste.

Avoid eating for at least two hours before class.

Asanas should be the focus of the body, not digestion. The twisting postures work best when the digestive system is resting.

Drink lots of water two hours before your class if you’re worried about low sugar levels or electrolyte imbalances.

Keep your shoes outside the door.

The tradition dates back thousands of years and is still practiced today. You should not enter the studio with shoes on to set up a mat. It’s weird to practice in socks or shoes.

It can be strange to exercise barefoot if you are not used to it. But removing your shoes not only shows respect, but it also strengthens your arches, improves your balance, and allows you to tune in your emotions.

Wear socks to the room if hygiene is a concern. Remove them when you get on your mat.

Please sign in and pay before class.

You may or may not have a receptionist at your local studio. The teacher will often be the one to accept payment and check students in.

It is rude to skip the front desk in order to go straight into the studio. Ask if it is okay to pay and check in after class if you are running late. Most likely, the teacher will not mind if you are a few minutes late to pay.

Savasana is a must.

The most important position is to rest at the end. The benefits of yoga asanas can be reaped when the body is relaxed and ready to receive them.

The body begins to heal itself when blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate are stabilized. Cells also start to regenerate. This was my most difficult yoga pose when I first started taking classes. I wanted to leave the class.

With my practice, I became more comfortable with stillness and now welcome it with joy. Let your teacher know if you have to leave early for any reason. You can ask your teacher to let you know when the class is over so that you can have a quick Savasana.

Practice ahimsa.

Nonviolence is the core of Ashtanga Yoga. Nonviolence is not just about avoiding physical harm but also harmful words and thoughts towards other beings.

We should also be gentle and careful with our actions and thoughts. It is important to be gentle with ourselves and others. This also applies to our asana practices. Each day brings new challenges and is unique.

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