If you are new to yoga – or to a new space – it can be intimidating to learn the “rules“ of a yoga studio. Here at the Spokane Yoga Shala, we strive to create a place for everyone feels welcome, safe, and heard. To that end, here are a few tips for exercising courteous yoga studio etiquette!
Remove your shoes as soon as you come in the door.
At the Yoga Shala, shoes are stored under the benches on either side of the front door, and at the top of the stairs. Keeping your shoes at the door allows us to maintain a clean space and set a tone of reverence and intimacy.
Be mindful of classes that are in session, and keep the noise in the lobby to a minimum. One of our favorite things about the Yoga Shala is the community, and we all love to connect with fellow yogis before and after class. But our glass studio doors allow noise from the lobby to easily infiltrate the practice rooms, and even if you are speaking at a normal volume, students in practice can hear conversations. Try to be mindful of classes happening across the hall, and keep conversations at a low volume.
Leave phones outside the studio. There are a number of important instances in which you might need to bring your phone to your mat. If you have a job that requires you to be on call, you are monitoring an emergency situation, or you have a health condition that requires access to quick communication, we would love for you to keep your phone nearby. Otherwise, store it in your cubby! And don’t forget to check for active alarms, so your phone doesn’t go off during class.
Be flexible about your space. As the studio grows and our classes become full, students may be asked to shift their mats and props slightly to make room for more people. Please exercise compassion if you find yourself close to your neighbor. Respect one another’s space, and we can maintain an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.
Replace your props in a mindful manner. When you return your props to the proper location in a neat and orderly fashion, you show respect and gratitude for the space. Fold blankets, stack blocks, roll straps, and return everything to its rightful place. Your fellow students and teachers reap the benefits of your mindfulness too!
Give feedback directly to your teachers or to the studio manager. We work hard to cultivate thoughtful, level-appropriate classes, but if you feel something in a class isn’t meeting your needs, or you have a recommendation for how your yoga experience might be improved, we encourage you to speak to your teacher, the studio manager, or the studio owner, rather than sharing your concerns only with other students. Don’t be afraid to approach any employee at the Yoga Shala with your input. Your opinions are valuable!