Yoga Class & Studio Etiquette

  • Please be on time. Arrive early enough to fill out any paperwork, sign in, and be fully ready before the stated class start time. The beginning of class is where intention is set and important information or themes are given. The studio has a 5-minute grace period, with entry after that being at the discretion of the individual teacher. If you must arrive late, please call and clear it with the teacher first. If you arrive during the five-minute grace period, please enter the studio as quietly and respectfully as possible.
  • Please check in with the front desk every time you attend. This is how your teacher gets paid.
  • Please remove your shoes, unless you have a medical condition that prevents this. If you need to wear shoes into the studio, please wipe them thoroughly before entering.
  • Please arrive at class clean and bathed, without any perfume, cologne, or oils. Many people have allergies or sensitivities.
  • Inform your teacher about any injuries or other conditions so he/she may be sure to keep you safe during the practice.
  • Practice on an empty stomach. We recommend you refrain from eating for 3 hours before class time. If you need to eat, eat light and easily digestible foods. We also suggest you refrain from drinking during the practice. Yoga is meant to heat up the body, and water quenches this fire. However, do drink plenty of room-temperature water before and after class.
  • Respect the posted class levels and attend only the level of class that is appropriate for you. Our teachers cannot teach a higher level class and keep newer students safe at the same time. Please also respect any guests you might bring– if they are new to yoga, go with them to a beginning class rather than take them to your Level 2/3 class.
  • If you need to leave early, it is courteous to inform your teacher before class begins. Allow yourself a 5-minute rest period (Savasana) before you leave. So as not to disturb anyone’s practice, please try to leave the room before the other students enter Savasana.
  • Acquire and use your own mat as soon as possible. While we do rent mats for use at the studio, and we do clean with each use, please be aware there is no way to keep up with the number of people using them.
  • No food or drink, other than water, in the yoga rooms. If you need to eat while you are at Om Shala Yoga, you may do so in the lounge.
  • Please leave cell phones and pagers outside the yoga room and turn them off. Preferably, leave them at home or in your car. If you might need to be reached for an emergency during class, please have your phone on vibrate and step out of the room to take the call.
Adhering to the above etiquette ensures a safe and enjoyable practice for everyone in the room.
Thank you for your understanding
(and for taking the time to read all the way to the end!)