Studio Etiquette

  • Prepare yourself by drinking plenty of water (1 or 2 bottles) within 30 minutes of class start and try to avoid consuming a full meal prior. Some people do require a light snack before class.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to familiarize yourself with the studio facilities. Late arrivals can be disruptive and may not be accommodated.
  • All participants must complete and sign a waiver agreement prior to class. Upon entering the studio be sure to sign the registration sheet and complete class payment transactions as per arrangements.
  • You will need a suitable mat for hot yoga, 1 large mat towel and 1 shower towel (if you choose to use the shower facilities), as well as a water bottle. Mats and towels are available for rent, stainless steel water bottles for sale, and you are invited to use as much tap water from the studio as you need (our fountain is double filtered). Props such as blocks and straps are available free of charge and are encouraged for use during the practice as needed.
  • Wear light-weight clothing that permits ease of movement and preferably wicks perspiration. Practice is in bare feet and shoes are to be left in designated areas. Wearing chains or jewelry that hang from the neck should be avoided.
  • Leave all electronic devices and other personal belongings outside of studio or in designated areas. Please do not bring them in to the practice room.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or strong scents – yoga should be practiced with clean personal hygiene.
  • Advise the instructor prior to class of any injury or medical condition. Hot yoga at Shunyata Yoga should not be practiced by children who have not yet reached puberty or by women if they know they are pregnant.
  • Observe quiet. Please keep voices low while in the studio, reception area and change rooms.
  • Please be mindful of others that may be meditating in the yoga room prior to and after class. Please refrain from talking upon entering and otherwise be as non intrusive to others as possible.
  • Hydrate sufficiently during class as needed.
  • If necessary, feel free to silently excuse yourself from the class, otherwise please refrain from leaving the hot yoga room during the class as this is not only disruptive to the teacher and other students but is also disruptive to the practice of the individual. If you are feeling light headed or dizzy, be sure to come down on to your mat, take a few sips of water and resume your practice in childs pose or savasana, and always focus back on the breath. Only after trying this method should you leave the class.
  • Drink lots of water! Always re-hydrate and replenish electrolytes upon finishing class.