This list is certainly not all-inclusive, and I apologize for the snark (or DO I?). What else would you include?
How to be a good yoga student
- Arrive early. Give yourself extra time for traffic, parking, etc. If you are late for class and are let in, put your mat down quietly and join the class/discussion. Don't make a big scene or distract your neighbors by asking questions about where we are or stuff we've already reviewed.
- Silence your cell and leave it in the lobby or in your car. If you have an emergency and need to talk or text, step outside the studio to do so.
- Practice cleanliness. Shower before class, wash your yoga clothes and towels, and clean up around your mat. Wash your clothes after every class. And don’t show up right after rolling out of bed – take a shower for the 6am class. We like hippies, just not the stinky kind. Don't wear obnoxious perfumes. If you eat in the studio, make sure you throw away any food remnants OUTSIDE the studio and clean up crumbs (or you'll be in charge of pest control for the next month).
- Bring all supplies you need for class (notebook, pen, mat, water, snacks, appropriate clothing etc). Pack a "yoga bag" with your essentials the night before if you're forgetful. Don't be the guy who always has to borrow paper. And don't try to pass-off your holey underwear as yoga shorts - no one wants to see your junk.
- Respect other students' space and experience. Follow the class flow or move to the side/back if you're going to do your own thing. Don't be the jackass handstanding in the middle of the room while everyone else is in cat/cow. Be quiet during savasana - we can all hear you scratching and fidgeting. If you need to leave early, leave BEFORE savasana starts.
- Don't talk shit. We know you have your favorite teachers/classes/studios, but you're now a teacher-in-training and a representative of the yoga community and it's very small. You never know when the owner of another studio is standing behind you in line at Starbucks - you may want to work there in 6 months.
- Communicate with your teacher. Let him/her know if you have any injuries, need modifications or are leaving class early (and do so before class starts).