10 Dos & Donts of Arriving to a Yoga Class Early.

Via Sarah Ezrin
on Jun 12, 2012
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Like a good yogi, you have arrived to class fifteen minutes early…now what?

Here are 10 things you should do and definitely should not do to pass that precious time

1. Do place your mat down where you would like to practice.
2. Don’t place your mat directly next to the only other person in the entire asana room.

3. Do take in an extra few minutes of a simple hip opener or gentle stretch.
4. Don’t practice the Seven Headstand Series of Ashtanga or try to squeeze in every inversion possible in a 10 minute time frame

5. Do read a book or the current issue of L.A. Yoga magazine.
6. Don’t read your text messages or emails (especially aloud).

7. Do get to know your neighbor if they are receptive
8. Don’t interrupt your neighbor’s meditation in order to vent about what a nightmare parking was or how much you hate your boss.

9. Do sip from your bottle of water (BPA-free, of course).
10. Don’t– Bring the entire Starbucks drink menu


Editor: Brianna Bemel


About Sarah Ezrin

Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. She is a writer and regular contributor for many publications. A background in psychology and life coaching infuse her classes, which are dynamic and alignment-based. For Sarah, yoga is beyond the postures; it is about connecting to one’s brightest and most authentic Self. Life should be spent laughing with those we love and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


11 Responses to “10 Dos & Donts of Arriving to a Yoga Class Early.”

  1. Anne says:

    I once had a student clip her toenails on her mat before class and put the clippings in a pile. That was a don't and a WTF moment.

  2. I'm confused? says:

    I only recently started attending classes after about 6 months of home practice, so I'm definitely interested in certain "etiquettes" of the experience… but how does it affect you what kind of water bottle someone drinks from, besides maybe if it's loud? And why shouldn't someone do inversions if that's what they want to do?

  3. I want to print this and post it on the studio wall – thank you!

  4. Allison says:

    Wow, yogis keep getting more and more petty.

    I doesn't matter what kind of water bottle you have or what poses you practice as long as you are aware of the room, who is in it and if your actions will be intrusive or rude.

    And now it's not ok for me to put my mat near the other person that arrived early??? Please tell me you don't really believe that! What if the two people arriving early always practice in those spots?

    As far as yogi's having a sense of humor…I'm beginning to wonder. This article and the comments certainly don't indicate that. Nice job telling yogi's coming from home practice that schoolyard bullying is alive and well in some yoga studios!

  5. Miss Curto says:

    Stanton is truly a future triple crown winner and hall of famer. But what about KING LEBRON JAMES ?Just ask the Celtics how amazing King James is. In fact, King James will score 50 points tonight, though Auggie says the league will make sure it will be a close game with King James hitting a 3 with 1 second on clock !

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