Etiquette is an accepted social behavior in a particular setting; it defines the proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or occasion. Etiquette is not a loud and explicit rule; it is soft and subtle and yet always carries you further when you observe appropriate etiquette in the right setting.

Master the etiquette of the occasion and you will immediately draw favorable attention of the crowd. Yoga is no exception. A tradition as ancient and beautiful as yoga comes with a certain level of implied etiquette and it is the sincere hope of any devoted yoga practitioner to see all his or her fellow yoginis observe the same unwritten proprieties.

Most of us have good intentions most of the time but it is also easy to shove etiquette under the rug for the sake of getting something done quickly and easily in this mad rush in which we live our lives. Resist the temptation! Yoga etiquette may not be important to you but observing etiquette in general should be when you engage in a particular activity. Imagine for instance that you find another social setting to be of deep interest to you, surely then respecting that social setting’s etiquette is all you would ask of your fellow friends.

With that beautiful mindset of learning and respecting the etiquette and proprieties of the occasion, indulge me please in these 14 Yoga Etiquette Tips which may initially make me appear as a yoga drill sergeant! Far from it, I assure you I have been guilty of some of these myself and they only stem from the desire to enhance etiquette not just in yoga but in all aspects of our lifestyle:

Mastering Etiquette

1 ~Be Punctual to Every Class
2 ~ Mind Your Personal Hygiene
3 ~ Minimize Conversation
4 ~ Turn Off Your Electronics
5 ~ Wear Decent Yoga Clothing
6 ~ Remove Shoes Outside
7 ~ Go Easy on Perfume and Cologne
8 ~ Enter and Settle down Quietly
9 ~ Bring Well-behaved Children Only
10 ~ Respect the Teacher
11 ~ Observe Silence During Savasana
12 ~Always Thank the Teacher
13 ~ Clean Your Immediate Area
14 ~ Sign In or Pay without a Reminder