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just came across richard freeman’s studio etiquette notes. it is always useful re-posting this. hope you are a fellow yogi that respects these 😉

‘Guidelines for etiquette at a yoga class are meant to make your experience and that of your fellow students more pleasant and focused.

Arrive for class on time, allowing enough time to sign in and set up your practice space.

Do not leave during savasana (final relaxation). This is extremely disruptive to everyone else who is being still and silent.

In a Mysore class you may leave early, but please be out the door before savasana begins. In a guided class, if you must leave early, please inform the teacher before class, then make sure you allow enough time to put your belongings away, and to be out the door before the start of the group savasana.

Please do not wear any perfume, cologne, after shave, essential oils, or scented antiperspirant, shampoos, or conditioners. Just like natural body odors, these artificial odors will be intensified by the heat of the practice. Some students who come to the studio are very sensitive to chemicals. Please help them. This includes all “natural” or “organic” scents as well.

Make sure that your body, your clothes and your mat are clean and odor free. It is traditional to bathe before and after class.

Roll out your mat in line with the others in the room, and square to the room shape. This not only looks neater, it will help you and those around you stay balanced as you practice.

If someone else is looking for space for their mat, and you have some, offer it. People are shy about asking. and if you must walk about during class, please do not step on other people’s mats.

Put all props you’ve taken off the shelves back neatly in their proper place after class.’

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