Yoga Etiquette

Here are a few tips to ensure that both you and your fellow yogis have a great experience each class.
Your first class at the studio:
Come a minimum of 20 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin to ensure you have the time to fill out the necessary paperwork, pay for your class and have a look around at our beautiful space.
When you arrive at the studio:
  • Remove your shoes at our entrance and place on the shoe mat before proceeding.
  • Our studio space is a place where many come to relish the SILENCE. Please sit or lie down and enjoy the quiet before class. We love that our studio is also a social place – so feel free to connect with other yogis in conversation in our lobby.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices are NOT allowed in the yoga studio, please leave them in the lobby or your car. Please refrain from talking on cell phones in the lobby before or after classes.While in the lobby please speak softly and quietly in order to respect the class (that may be) already in session.
  • Please leave all coats, bags, purses, and other paraphanelia that are not necessary for your class in the lobby, cubbies or behind the desk. The studio space fills quickly, especially if props are being utilized. This will help to keep lots of room for stretching out.
  • As many people may have sensitivities or allergies to fragrances, please refrain from applying perfume, cologne, or other heavily scented products while at Akasa.
  • It is recommended not to eat for 1-2 hours before class, and to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It is very important to arrive hydrated especially when practicing hot yoga.
  • You should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early for class to get settled and secure a spot, especially for popular classes! If it is your first time at Akasa Yoga Studio, please ensure that you arrive 20 minutes early to allow enough time to complete the waivers, get changed and settled in before class begins.
  • Always strive to arrive at least five minutes early. If you must enter a class late, go in as quickly and as quietly as possible. If you have reserved a spot for the class on-line, your spot will be held until 5 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin. At that point, your spot may be released to someone on a wait list.
  • Late arrivals will always be welcomed, if there is room in the class. However, the studio door may be locked by the teacher after class begins, if there is no desk staff on at the time.
Leaving Class
  • If you have rented a studio mat please wipe down with mat spray and return neatly.

Inside The Studio:

  • Depending upon the teacher’s preference the front of the classroom may be the mirrors or it may be another orientation. If unsure, please ask the teacher or the front desk.
  • Keep in mind that you generally do not need more than one foot of space on either side of your mat. As others come in welcome them by graciously making room for them.
  • Please honour the silence in the yoga studio, and respect this policy as others await class to begin and rest afterwards. If talking at all, please speak softly.
  • Avoid the ‘mat snap’ when unrolling your mat. This can be very disturbing to those that are resting quietly.
  • When practicing hot yoga, consider using a towel to place over top to prevent slipping and for your safety. (A hand or bath towel is fine, and we also offer the specialty yoga towels for sale). There is a water spray bottle in the studio for dampening towels, which may aid in non-slipping.
  • Feel free to use any of the yoga props provided in the studios (bolsters, blocks, straps or blankets) please return them neatly to the space provided at the end of each class.
  • If you know you will have to leave early, let the teacher know beforehand. Sit near the door and try to leave at a good time in the class (i.e. just before meditation starts, not in the middle of it – likewise with savasana).
  • If you have a medical condition that may affect your ability to safely participate please inform your instructor at the beginning of the class.
  • If you are not feeling well and must leave, try to signal the teacher and leave the room as quietly as possible. If it becomes worse, or you feel faint please let the teacher know immediately so that we may assist you.
  • Savasana (final relaxation) is an important part of the practice, please do your best to stay until this has been completed.
  • Always feel free to ask your yoga teacher for assistance during your class. If you have longer questions that relate to your individual practice, approach your teacher after class.
  • Teachers are always willing to suggest resources and referrals. Feel free to ask about these or about the music used during the class, at the end of class.
  • If you notice anything amiss at Akasa Yoga Studio, consider taking care of it as a practice of karma yoga. If it requires additional attention, please inform the teacher or someone at the desk.