The 8 Limbs of Yoga Studio Etiquette

Who knew that 2000 years ago a great Indian sage set forth The 8 Limbs of Yoga Studio Etiquette?

Comprised of Yamas and Niyamas, and painstakingly translated by PRAVAYAMA, here lies the path to Enlightenment on the mat.

line-grey 1. Ahimsa (Non-Harm):

“Yoga. Because punching people is frowned upon.” – Anonymous

1.1: Get yourself to a beautiful yoga studio.

1.2: Let that shit go.

line-grey 2. Asteya: (Non-Stealing):

Just like your body, the studio is a temple, the only respite from Facebook and family. So don’t steal the peace. Avoid thrashing down your mat. It’s not ok to knock your water bottle over a second time. Save the chat. The room doesn’t care to hear you’re on a juice cleanse, relationship cleanse, or heading to Bali next week.

line-grey 3. Tapas (Self-Discipline):

Ujj-ay-i. Because you’re not in labour and you’re not pushing weights. And, your neighbour didn’t ask for violent exhales on the back of her neck throughout side plank. Go ahead and fire up your pose, but close your mouth, contract your glottis and use those nostrils. If you can’t take the heat, take balasana.

line-grey 4. Brahmacarya (Sexual Chastity):

If you came to yoga to pick up, you’re one step further from Purusha. But if sex is your thing and enlightenment isn’t, you could be in the right place. But for now, just channel that energy, like a well-mannered yogi, into the advanced version of the posture.

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line-grey 5. Aparigraha (Non-Greediness, Non-Attachment): 

Your mat is your island. But when tiger curl transitions into fallen star, it’s all over. Just accept the inevitable invasion of your neighbour’s foot as it awkwardly shuffles its way underneath you. Note: we are all connected.

line-grey 6. Svadhyaya (Self-Study):

“Namaste” is not the signal to relinquish all mindfulness you just cultivated in the past hour on your mat. 

You might be in a mad dash to pick up your activated almond matcha latte on the way to work, but ask yourself why you must trample the mat of a fellow yogi on the way out. Especially if she has JUST CLEANED IT.

line-grey 7. Saucha (Purity, Cleanliness):

Your neighbour didn’t come to vinyasa to traverse a pool of your sweat after her blissful savasana. Be a good yogi, mop up the glistening moat that surrounds your island. No one is impressed with it other than you.

line-grey 8. Isvara Pranidhana (Surrender to the Divine):

You’re a hot mess but you don’t care. You’re blissed out, ready to surrender to the Divine and re-enter the world in your Enlightened state. But before you leave, don’t forget to acknowledge the Divine in your teacher that helped save innocent people from your wrath.

Images: Good Vibes Yoga Studio, Melbourne