Know your yoga etiquette
You will eventually learn yoga etiquette if you continue to venture back to the mat, but some knowledge beforehand can help you avoid doing anything too embarrassing or annoying to your fellow yogis during your first class.
- Silence is golden, so after entering the room, remain quiet as many like to meditate before class.
- Sit near the back so you can observe other practitioners as many instructors, including Bikram teachers, only guide the class vocally and don’t practice alongside you.
- Try to avoid blocking a fellow student’s view of themselves in the mirror if you can help it.
- Skip the perfume or scented lotion prior to class, as the heat can intensify the smell and not everyone has the same taste in perfume.
- Try not to leave and re-enter the room. Doing so is not only distracting for everyone else, but it won’t help you adjust to the heat and get the full benefits of the practice.
- Vinyasa yoga classes typically don’t have set water breaks, so you’re free to take a water break whenever you need to, but Bikram teachers may ask that you wait until between postures to do so.