The Basic Rules of Yoga Mat Etiquette
1. Always take off your shoes
Yoga is practiced with bare feet, so make sure to follow the Yoga Studio guidelines and leave your shoes in the designated area. You are not only contributing to tidiness and cleanliness, but you are also demonstrating respect for the common spiritual place.
2. Acknowledge everybody’s space
As always be polite and respectful. When the class is packed, help newcomers find their space. Make room for them if you can and avoid wedging your mat. If the class area is spacious, it is good manners to place mats so that all students can see the teacher and the mirror. Leave the person next to you plenty of personal space. I am sure you would appreciate the same courtesy.
3. Never walk on others’ mats
This might sound quite basic, but unfortunately, I see it happen quite often. And it is simply not polite. Show respect and avoid stepping on neighboring mats. If you can do your Yoga poses, you can walk over a mat.
4. Mind your hygiene
Using a clean mat and towel goes without saying. Personal hygiene is one of those things we all take for granted. Just saying … Basic grooming is essential when we meet our tribe. I would also like to take this opportunity and discuss the other end of the spectrum. Please avoid excessive use of perfumes in class. This can be a nuisance for others. Clean and tidy are the words to keep in mind.
5. Keep your mat clean
After class, make sure to wipe off your mat and put it in its place. If you are borrowing a mat from the studio, this is even more important. Make sure to return it in their designated area and leave your space better than you found it. This is the best way to show respect to the studio and your classmates.