Restraints and Observances – The Guiding Principles of Yoga

“Yama” (external restraints) and “niyama” (internal observances) form the bedrock of a yoga practice. Without them, yoga cannot begin.

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Integrity (yama/”satya”) Punctuality is essential. Be on your yoga mat, ready to practice, at least five minutes before the posted class time. At our school, late arrivals are not admitted.

Dedication to a higher purpose (niyama/”isvara-pranidhananiyama”) Students are expected to remain for the duration of the class. When one leaves early, yoga stops and the benefit is lost.

Self-Discipline (niyama/”tapas”) Feeling uncomfortable during class is typical from time to time. Practice enduring this adversity willingly and without complaint.

Contentment (niyama/”santosh”) For your safety and the serenity of others, please do not practice outside the Bikram Yoga method or sequence. Accept it for what it is.

Cleanliness (niyama/”saucha”): Shower before class, wash your feet, wear clean clothes, and please, no BO or heavy perfumes.

Non-Attachment (yama/”aparigraha”) Do not practice yoga if you are sick, fasting, under the influence of alcohol, painkillers, or recreational drugs. Coming to class under these conditions weakens your energy, undermines discipline, and is just not safe.

Classroom Code of Conduct

At our school, you will be working within a collective. We ask that you take responsibility for how your energy and behaviors impact those around you.

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1) All students must practice inside the Bikram Yoga system as guided by your instructor. Creating your own poses or performing poses from other systems of yoga is not allowed.

2) All wearable technology must be darkened and silenced. Please set your device to “Theater Mode.” If you cannot control your impulse to interact with it, leave it in the lobby.

3) After class, practice good hygiene by wiping up your own sweat with your own towels. Your sweat is your responsibility. Do not leave puddles on the floor.

4) It is expected that all students will stay for the full duration of the class. Plan your time accordingly.

5) Food, coffee, and sandy beach towels are prohibited in the classroom.

Let us show you how to set up your practice space and manage all that sweat!

Marieann demonstrates that for most women, one large towel will be sufficient to capture all their sweat. Bringing one additional towel will often come in handy. Thanks, Marieann!

Sean brings three large towels to capture all his sweat. Good job, Sean!

This gentleman brought only one towel and left behind a large pool of sweat. This is unacceptable, but it’s an easy problem to fix: Bring more towels and use them! Your instructors and fellow students will thank you!