I really cannot understand why yogis like to chat before yoga class? It’s not like lining up for movie, I think we should stay quiet and concentrate before starting the yoga class inside the yoga studio. Even if you are going with your friends, but I think you can chat later after the class. There is already etiquette signage up to remind everyone how should we act, but I don’t know why, people tend to ignore that.
Here is the yoga etiquette from the yoga studio,
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class. All classes start on time. Once class starts, you will not be allowed in. (Of course this is tough to arrive 10-15 minutes before class, it is already good to be there before the instructor arrives. Sometimes, there are late comer that arrives maybe 5 minutes late. I am not sure how that person be able to get in the class with the signage outside saying “unavailable”.)
Please do not leave the studio while class is in progress. (Most of the time, I go for hot yoga, and sometimes someone trying to leave in the middle of the class instead of doing child post, because they feel it’s too hot.)
The yoga studio is a silent room. Please do not talk while in the studio and studio corridors. (For sure there are people chatting before class, some whispering but some are quite loud. Even the cleaning ladies are so loud talking in the corridors.)
Please do not bring mobile phones, shoes or bags into the studios. ( I never see shoes or bags inside the studio, but sometimes see people bringing their phone. Some instructors would keep it and return to them after class.)
Well, in the past, I used to Shhh those people that chatting in the yoga studio. But I would not do that any more, just because I think I should be calm inside and in that way, I would not be able to bothered by anyone whatever they are doing. At the end of the day, yoga is all about concentrating and be aware of what you do, not what others do.