Hot room etiquette
Much of the growth and healing in yoga come from the discipline of the class itself. We hope you will find practising at The Yoga Garage a relaxing and grounding experience.
These etiquette guidelines are designed to create an environment where anyone and everyone will feel welcomed and be able to experience the life-changing benefits yoga is designed to provide. Remember, while each practice is individual, we share the studio with each other.
- First-time students need to arrive early. Arrive at least 15 minutes before class as you will need time to be sure your registration and payment are taken care of, and to meet the instructor.
- Classes start on time. Classes are closed after the instructor begins, and entry into the class after this time is not guaranteed.
- Classes are either 60, 75 or 90 minutes long. Each class is intended to be practised in its entirety. Leaving early needs to be cleared by the instructor before the start of class, and should be limited to emergency situations only.
- We offer Bikram Yoga, Sumit's Yoga and Yin Yoga. We’re not here to make judgments about other types of yoga- they all have their place. Nonetheless, do not substitute postures from other types of yoga in your class. If you are pregnant or have an injury, notify the instructor before class and they may suggest alternate or modified postures for your specific situation.
- No hand towels. Some yoga encourages the use of hand towels and other props. Except for Yin Yoga we do not permit props in the room. We believe the only thing you need to progress in the yoga is your own body, wherever it may be today. Sweat is part of your body’s natural detoxing and cooling processes; unnecessarily wiping it away hinders both of these processes. Hand towels are only a distraction.
- No shoes or socks in the yoga room.
- No mobile phones in the yoga room. We understand emergency responders may need to keep their phones on them at all times. Notify the instructor before class if you need to bring electronics into the studio.
- No chewing gum or food in the yoga room.
- Come to class with a clean body and feet. We work hard to keep our studio clean and well maintained. Perfume and cigarette smoke can be very disturbing to others while practising.
- Students in the front are examples to those behind them. Please help instructors maintain the focus and discipline of the room if you choose to practice in the front.
- Be considerate to other students in the yoga room. Our community is pretty big, so it’s unlikely you’ll be lucky enough to get a private lesson in our regularly scheduled classes. Remember what you do in the yoga room can be very distracting to others around you. It is important that everyone can see themselves in the mirrors, so do not set up directly in front of another student and make room for each other as necessary.
- Maintain the silence and meditation of the yoga room. Yoga does not include esoteric spiritual practices in the posture series, so we ask that everyone respect the silence of the yoga room to allow others time to focus and meditate as they choose. Keep social conversation outside of the yoga room.
- The changing rooms are not your personal day spa. Please be efficient in the use of your time in the showers and changing rooms. The Yoga Garage encourages all students to be in and out of the changing rooms within the 30 minutes between classes if at all possible. We ask you to respect the time and space of other students, as well as the request of staff to make efficient use of time before and after classes.
- Treat others how you would like to be treated. Rude, insulting, or offensive behaviour directed at students and staff at The Yoga garage will not be tolerated. Students exhibiting this behaviour will be asked to leave.
Come with an open mind, a positive attitude, and be ready to HAVE FUN!