There are those times though that the room does fill up body to body and you really have no extra space, use this time to practice loving your neighbor, get to know your neighbor. Sometimes it just cannot be avoided. (unless you want to get up at 4:30 am to avoid the accidental toe touching and and finger taps from you or said neighbor that usually goes down in any class after 9 am, but that is a guarded yogi secret. You did not hear it from me, and you are soooooo welcome.)
I'm not going to lie...walking into an empty studio at 5:15 in the morning, for me, is perfection. I can choose any spot in the room. Need a wall? Well, there ya go. Want a window view? Sure! It's wide open. Hot Spot? You got it. But don't ever, ever expect "space". Not all things in yoga can be taught, some must just be learned on one's own. And one random thing you'll learn as a yogi newbie, is that some seasoned yogis like their "spot". Now you, as a newbie, wouldn't know their "spot" from a hole in the ground, but in the yogi-est of ways, they will let you know, that you are, in fact, in their spot. (Which is always kind of funny to me because there is the 5th Yama known as Aparigraha, you know, NON-POSSESSIVENESS, to let go...ahem)
But i digress....
Picture it, beautiful hard wood floors beneath you, supporting you. Your mat laid out, maybe you're in child's pose or Supta Badda Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) enjoying silence and getting grounded for class. And FWAP, another mat unrolls out onto the floor, perhaps right next to you (i mean you feel the breeze from the mat, it's that close), or maybe a mats length away. You look around, to make sure you are the only two in the room. You look around again, to make sure there are, in fact 30 other spots in the room. And then the situating and the breathing will start, then you will know, you are in the yogis "spot".
Now you can do a few things here, you can:
Further etiquette in most cases are common sense, but as many of you know, "common sense, is not all that common". A good rule of thumb to follow is:
5. never, NEVER, step on someone's mat walking across the room.
Some other pretty good general "rules":
-be respectful of the space and your fellow yogis by speaking quietly in the studio
-if coming in late please enter as quickly and quietly as possible
- sign in at the front desk before every class
-if you borrow a mat, clean it thoroughly
-please, please, wear deodorant and dress properly for class.
Other than that, practice on, let your flow flow, play on, and keep that beginners mind
Oh and don't be THAT yogi.
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.
Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini