HappyTree Yoga Etiquette 101

  • Leave your expectations at the door.
  • Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early. This gives you enough time to remove your shoes and hang your coat. If it is your first class, give yourself an extra 5 minutes (arrive 15-20 minutes early) to fill out a form and familiarise yourself with the studio. This also ensures that you have a few minutes to set up your mat, gather your props and have to time to centre before class.
  • Please sign in before class. If you need to purchase a drop-in, class card or membership, please try to do so before class.
  • If you are late, we would kindly ask that you wait in the reception area until after the centering has finished (usually the first 10-15 minutes) before joining the class.
  • Minimize loud conversations in the studio. We encourage you to chat (quietly) in the lounge over a cup of our yogi tea before and after class in the lounge! Once inside the yoga studio however, we would ask that you please remain quiet so that yourself and the other students can enjoy a peaceful centring. 
  • Notify your teacher if you have any injuries, illnesses, are pregnant or if you have any other concerns. Your practice and your body are your responsibility.
  • Please consider other students and refrain from practicing if you are sick or unwell. This is best for yourself and for other students as well.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to have full range of motion. For hot classes, keep temperature in mind.
  • As with most exercise it is best to practice yoga when you are not too full or too hungry. Try to leave at least two hours between taking a class and eating. If you need to eat before class try having a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.
  • Remember to drink water. Hydrate before, during and after class as needed. You can never really have too much water. We have free tea and filtered water in the studio.
  • Don’t skip savasana. Final relaxation in savasana is an important part of your practice. Don’t plan to leave class early. If you absolutely do need to leave early please be quiet so as to not disturb other students.
  • After class please clean up your area. Put away all props and if you have rented a mat, please use the mat spray, which can be found on the windowsill next to the blocks.
  • Avoid applying strongly scented lotions, creams or perfumes before class. Strong smells can distract others students as well as triggering allergic reactions.
  • Please do not smoke before class. The smell of cigarettes, tobacco or scented e-cigarettes can distract people and affect their practice.
  • Turn off any cell phones, iPads/tablets, MP3 players or anything that may beep, ring or vibrate during class. Take advantage of this time to unplug. Respect the time you have set aside for you practice and allow others to do the same.

Welcome! And enjoy your class!


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