Be punctual to every class
Make it a habit to arrive early. When it comes to being on time emergencies aside, get into a habit of arriving 10 minutes in advance. Experience a new perspective by holding yourself accountable by arriving on time. If you are running late, keep breathing and settle in quietly.
Always sign in and keep track of your payment arrangements. Come to class prepared with your payment, mat, small towel and water.
Remove your shoes
Yoga classes are usually on a hardwood or parquet floor and every one does yoga with bare feet. That means one thing: No shoes inside the studio. Take your shoes off at the door. Keeping the floors clean is important to everyone. Most studios have a place to “park” shoes by the door or cubies.
Turn off your cell phone
Make a habit of doing this as soon as you get to the yoga studio. Exit the world of constant communication which we all love and step into your mat fully liberated.
Enter and settle down quietly
Make a pit stop at the rest room prior to class. When you enter, settle down quietly. Place your mat down on the floor gently and respectfully, others around you maybe meditating or relaxing. Assume you will always need a bolster, 2 bocks, 1 strap and 1 or 2 blankets. Settle in, greet your friends (QUIETLY)and relax until class starts. Yoga class encourages you be quiet and focus inward as you arrive and set-up. The few minutes before class are ideal for a short meditation and for setting an intention so refraining from chit-chat is not just good etiquette but also really beneficial for your state of mind as well as those who are quiet around you.
Create a Sankalpa
To help you focus, you might find it helpful to dedicate your practice to a certain intention. A Sanskrit word, Sankalpa means "will, purpose, or determination." To make a sankalpa is to set an intention.This might be to become more aware and understanding, more loving and compassionate, or healthier, stronger, and more skillful. Or it might be for the benefit of a friend, a cause—or even yourself.
Respect the teacher
Respecting your yoga teacher comes in many forms. When you enter a yoga class, you may discover halfway through the class that you don't care for or like the teaching style or time of day. It's best to be respectful and continue the class and follow teachers instruction. Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are too hard, it is fine and encouraged to take a more basic variation of the pose being taught. Usually the teacher will offer this option. If you are attending a basic class, stick to the basic versions of the pose so you don't confuse new students. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate.
Wear decent yoga clothing
By decent, I really mean non-revealing. Please wear clothing that will not reveal your private parts. If you choose to wear white, please wear under garments. Attracting this type of attention in yoga is most definitely frowned upon.
Mind your personal hygiene
Remember yoga class is often a very intimate setting and you may practice closer to your fellow yoginis than you prefer due to lack of space or a crowded room. Please mind your personal hygiene. Use Deodorant. Use toothpaste or mouthwash. Brush your hair. Wear clean clothes. Bring a clean mat and clean towel in. These are the minimum requirements of appearing in public in general. Good personal hygiene shows respect to our own self and body first and foremost so it should never be compromised but especially not when others may be subject to your poor hygiene.
Go easy on perfume and cologne
First please note this does NOT mean skipping your deodorant. It means going easy on perfumes and colognes. You breathe heavy and deep breaths in yoga and are in proximity of others. These lovely smells, which are purely subjective, will come across very strongly during the session. Observe good general hygiene but save the perfume for your post-yoga after-shower celebration!
Eat two or three hours before class
If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting food also takes energy that can make you lethargic.
Let your teacher know about injuries or pregnancies
Inform your teacher of injuries or conditions that might affect your practice.
If you are injured or tired, skip poses you can not do or try a modified version.
Observe silence during Savasana
This is one where you will know and love when you have made friends with your yoga but it will take time. Until then, consider it a dedication to the finish of practice. Practice silence during savasana this is where your practice assimilates and the results are infused with a repose so well-deserving and so necessary. This last pose seals your practice and prepares you for the next phase.
Clean your immediate area
If you borrowed a mat from the studio, return it to the used station for cleaning. If you made a puddle of sweat, wipe it up with your towel. If you used props, put them back. Take all your stuff with you. Practicing cleanliness in public will always leave the best impression about you with others.