The following are a few points of etiquette that we request all students follow at the Red Door Yoga® Studio. They are all ways of respecting yourself, your fellow students, and the studio, and insuring that we all nurture the most effective and enjoyable environment for learning:
- Leave all personal possessions (keys, shoes, coats, cellphones, bags, purses, etc.) outside of the studio in the areas designated for them (hooks and cubbies). Remember, the studio is a place of tranquility and mental freedom – a cluttered studio clutters the mind.
- Refrain from bringing any valuables with you to the studio – leaving them behind allows for a clear, unattached mind.
- Please leave your mobile device in your vehicle. If you do not have a vehicle please ensure that your mobile device is turned off and stored in the cubbies.
- Aim to arrive a couple minutes early for class, as late arrival disturbs other students and you run the risk of missing important warm-ups.
- Inform the teacher prior to class if you have any health conditions such as neck, back, or joint injuries, recent surgery, high blood pressure, etc.
- Try to avoid leaving early as it diminishes the experience, disturbs other students and you run the risk of missing important cool-downs.
- Refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, scented lotions, etc. as some students may be allergic to them, and they can make deep breathing uncomfortable.
- Do not chew gum during class. It makes it difficult to breathe properly and can be dangerous in certain poses.
- Refrain from conversation during class as it also diminishes the experience, disturbs other students, and you run the risk of missing important instruction.
- Take all garbage you bring or create away with you when you leave the studio. This is part of your mindfulness practice.
For your practice…
- Be kind to your body, honour your limits, and enjoy yourself.
- Be consistent with your practice and you will reap tremendous benefits.
- Remember that it is better to drink lots of water throughout the day and be well hydrated, as opposed to drinking a lot during the class as a full stomach makes certain poses uncomfortable and may even lead to muscle cramping.