Sebastien says: Studio etiquette
Please allow me to take a moment give you – that’s new students, long-term students and future students alike – a little reminder about studio etiquette at Hot Yoga Ibiza. It’s not a topic that gets covered during practice and we’re not the kind of studio to have formal ‘rules’ stuck up on the wall, but general etiquette is part of the discipline of your practice.
Our studio is a safe space that has been designed for everyone to share. The community we have been building over the years is a happy and friendly one and while we all have good intention and use common sense, it can be easy to fall into some bad habits over time. So please read on, remember and try to stick to the guidelines below whenever you are in the studio.
Please arrive to class on time. On time doesn’t mean arriving at 8.30pm if the class is scheduled for 8.30pm. I recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the class, to allow time to get changed, to lay your mat out and to give your body time to adjust to the temperature if it’s a heated class you are attending.
Why is this so important? Rushing into the studio at 8.29pm means that the class may potentially start late while we wait for you to settle, a disruption to the other students who are already focused and ready to start, and of course, it’s also not a great way to start your own practice, flustered and out of breath – after all, it’s all about the breath!
Keep your valuables in the lockers provided. While we are a small community and most of the students have a friendly relationship, it’s better to be safe and keep phones, money, wallets and jewellery locked up to avoid anything being misplaced. At the same time, please be very careful not to take home any items that do not belong to you – it can happen, when many of us have the same colour mat, or similar towels, or even yoga pants! It’s all about being aware.
Please switch your mobile phone to silent! There’s nothing more distracting than the sound of a ring tone coming from the change room (especially if you know it is your ring tone – who’s calling? What do they want? Am I supposed to be somewhere else?) during any position, be it a balancing pose, Savasana or an inversion. It’s a 90-minute class and there should be no distractions, especially from the world of technology.
Be conscious of personal hygiene. Please wear clean clothes to the studio. Wear deodorant and clean your teeth (but don’t chew gum if you forget – gum is worse!). Wear your flip-flops to and from the change rooms and the studio, and into the shower afterwards to avoid infections. Be sure to wash your yoga mat at least once a week – all that sweat needs to be physically removed. Just because it dries, doesn’t mean it’s gone. Please also be aware that fragrances and scented body moisturisers can cause sensitivity in other students during class – use these afterwards, but please, never before.
Spatial awareness is something we should all be conscious of. The studio and change rooms are here for the students to share – no one ‘owns’ a particular space on the floor, or a certain hook in the change room. These belong to everyone. If a class is particularly busy, pay attention – can you move your mat to make extra space for your neighbour? Then do it. Don’t wait to be asked. Could you stagger your mat to be aware that you won’t poke your neighbour in the eye during plane position? It’s probably a good idea.
Our studio is big enough to accommodate three (or four?) rows of students on a busy day so there is always going to be enough space for us all. If you can’t see yourself in the mirror, it doesn’t matter. It’s about learning, feeling, being aware.
Please respect the class that is being given. Please listen to the instructions given and follow them to the best of your ability. You may have learnt the position differently at another school, or think you know another version, but please follow our teachings when you are in our studio. It can distract the other students if you don’t follow our sequence, not to mention it is disrespectful of the time and energy your teacher is giving you.
After class, be aware of your behaviour. Please keep the studio door closed after you leave the room, as many students are still in meditation. Try to be calm and quiet in the change room, as loud talking and throwing mats all over the floor can start to undo the benefits of the practice for those who are still in a deeply relaxed state. After class should be a quiet time for contemplation – if you want to catch up with your friends, do it outside in the reception area.
Be aware of water consumption in the shower. While we should always be conscious of our environment, Ibiza is at this time experiencing a water shortage crisis so it’s very important to help conserve as much water as possible. You might also be interested to know, our water is heated via a renewable solar energy system so we are also doing our best to help the environment as we know just how much hot water is used in the studio each day.
Please be polite! Say hello and goodbye when you arrive and leave. Thank your teacher for the class. And remember to smile.