lovely girl’s guide to yoga etiquette

We’ve both been practicing yoga for many years because we love it. Having gone to many studios in both Toronto and Calgary, we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. We wanted to share a few tips and tricks that may come in handy for your own practice.

Enter and exit your class quietly

There is nothing worse than trying to meditate and get into a yoga mindset, than people coming in like bulls in a china shop.  Unless you’re the first person into a yoga room, it is likely that there are people already in there trying to meditate and get into a zen state. Be aware of your actions and please, please, please do not throw your mat on the floor or start fidgeting with velcro straps. Your fellow yogi’s will be so thankful if you carefully place your mat on the ground, and undo any straps before entering class.

Also, put in the extra effort – don’t slam doors and make sure you turn the knob when opening and closing doors to the class. Whatever you can do to minimize noise 🙂

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Pay attention to floor markings 

You’ll notice that many classes have stickers or lines on the floors. Those are markings to help identify where your mat should go. This helps keep the lines of yogi’s straight and maximizes that amount of people per class. Rule of thumb is that the marker should be aligned in the middle to the top of your mat.

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Make room for friends

It’s never fun arriving to a class when it’s getting pretty full and there is barely room for one more. If you can sense the room getting full, be a doll and move your mat slightly closer to your neighbour. While it’s the best when there is plenty of room that you can stretch your arms and legs with no barriers, it’s never fun being that one person that is trying to tip toe and whisper for help.

Anything we missed? Share below as we’d love to hear from you.

xo, late & lovely

 

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