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Yoga Asana Class Guidelines and Etiquette

All classes include 10 to 15 minutes of relaxation and meditation at the end. Please arrive on time and stay for the whole class. It is your responsibility to inform the teacher of pregnancy, any injuries or other medical issues. For best results and progress, practice yoga 3 to 5 times a week regularly.

Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness. Yoga Sutra I-14

Please do not enter or leave the room during the chants, during an asana or especially during savasana and meditation. You may do so in-between poses and do your best not to disturb the energy in the room at any time. Practice stillness in-between poses.

Please bring a yoga mat, large towel or yoga blanket, small hand towel and water. If you sweat a lot, bring extra towels and please do not sweat on the carpet. Use dry towels to cover props if you are sweating, put your mat on top of blankets during inversions. We want you to sweat, but take it with you. Print your name on bottom right corner of your mat so we can save it for you if you forget it.

Yoga is practiced with bare feet, an empty stomach and non-restrictive clothes suitable for stretching. Please wash your feet before class if needed. Have a clean mat and towels to help us keep the room clean.

Train yourself to drink water during the day to be well hydrated, rather than drinking just before or during class. Ice water shocks the body and is not recommended anytime of the day. Ideally, you don't drink during class.

Please do not use any cologne, perfume or other scents. Some people are allergic and sensitive to certain scents, and they are increased in a heated room.

We come to practice yoga asana together for many reasons, one is group energy. We all have ups and downs physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Let us help each other with good, positive healing energy no matter what the circumstances.

Moreover one gains purity of sattva, cheerfulness of mind, one-pointedness and fitness for Self-realization. Yoga sutra II-41