Sometimes we have to home in on the ‘etiquettes’ what they are and why we have them so people can work on the same page as us if they wish…
- Do not bring your phone/smartwatch/fitbit/smartring into the Yoga room
- If you have an electronic watch that gives notifications e.g. on the hour please turn off notifications or leave watch outside Yoga room
- Do not hold conversations on your phone in our small reception: you must go into the lobby if you need to have a phone conversation
EXCEPTION: As we know in Yoga, there is always an exception to every rule 🙂 . Device may be left on your mat silent/vibrate if you:
- are ‘On Call’
- need to be contacted in ‘Emergency’
- e-readers are allowed prior to class
Please liaise with the instructor in advance of class in this respect. In the event of that device indicating a call please do not engage with the device at any time during class within the room; if it vibrates pick it up and leave the studio quietly to take call in the lobby. You being the person on call does not mean everybody in the Yoga class has to be disturbed. Come back in when you are ready or depart the studio quietly if you have to go on call.
Fitbits etc. Please note there is a difference between ‘wanting’ to monitor heart rates and ‘needing’ to monitor heart rates. If you are in a condition that creates a ‘need’ of a device to monitor heart then in all likelihood you should have presented a letter from your GP to the Yoga studio prior to entering class in order to be compliant with our policies/terms of admittance. If you need to monitor your heart for any medical reason we are not sure a fitbit is the right device for this purpose and so your GP letter should include reference to the monitor the GP recommends for use within our particular studio environment (heated/humid).
Noise from devices and students engaging with devices can be very distracting in the Yoga room BUT the device does not always have to be making a sound for it to be a distraction to the group focus and energy. Yes, part of a Yoga practice is learning to deal with distraction. We are teaching a ‘beginning’ Yoga class with many ‘new to Yoga’ students in the room. Newer practitioners will get distracted by individuals doing ‘ANYthing’ that is not trying to make a shape including others continuously glancing at and/or engaging with their devices in practice. You can understand this better if you read: ~Mirror Mirror~ and ~Don’t Nourish the Flourish~
We don’t want to be rigid and we know we cannot control everything but we are trying to create an optimal environment with minimum external distractions so that the majority can get the most out of their investment of time and energy. We reserve the right to preserve the cleanest Yoga class experience for the majority.
If you struggle to leave your device outside the Yoga room, then it is a struggle that will be worthwhile practice. Your 90 minutes away from your device is probably even more essential for you and therefore this will be a good practice ground for the letting go of technology to give yourself QUALITY down time from it. If you do not fall into the ‘exception to rule’ category, as described hereinbefore, but you have issue with any of this notice please examine why you have issue, why you think you need the device and then ask yourself can you Let Go of the reason you come up with. Please remember we just want you to have your best Yoga class every time.
Trisha & Darren