“Etiquette“ at Yogawerkstatt


  • Since the wardrobe has limited capacity, we kindly ask you to come early to your class.
  • Wear comfortable, elastic, body-fitting Yoga or fitness clothes.
  • Yoga is practiced barefoot.
  • It’s best to practice on an empty stomach. The last food should be one to two hours (snack) or three to four hours (meal) before starting to practice.
  • The early morning is the best time to practice (Mysore!). But of course, any time is a good practice time.
  • Try to stay undistracted during the practice, either by what’s going on around you or by worries in your daily life. Stay focused!
  • If you don’t have enough time to go through the whole series, do as much as you can, for instance a couple of Surya Namaskara A and B, followed my a number of standing and sitting plus the finishing postures.
  • Ashtangis tend to sweat a lot and should therefore drink lots of water. Before and after – but not during the practice. At Yogawerkstatt, we serve tea before and after classes (free of charge, of course).
  • We practice on slip-resistant Yoga mats. (Normal fitness or Iso-mats are not suitable.)
  • We lend Yoga mats for the symbolic amount of 0,50 € (which we give for charity). But it is far better to bring your own. We sell Manduka mats in different qualities.
  • In our beginners courses you can use our Yoga mats free of charge.
  • Don’t practice during the most intense days of the menstrual cycle. In less intense phases, avoid inverted Asanas. Postures such as Trikonasana, Baddha Konasana, Balasana (child’s pose), and Upavistha Konasana may in turn relieve cramps and pain in the hip and sacrum areas.
  • Before starting with Yoga, it’s useful to check your health status.
  • If you have health problems or if you are pregnant, please inform the teacher before class. If you have pain during class, do the same.
  • If you are ill, listen to your intuition whether you feel like practicing or not. Remember Shri K. Pattabhi Jois’ saying that anyone can practice: the young and the old, the healthy and the sick, the strong and the weak – except the lazy ones. They just can’t. And that’s true. But if you have fever, you shouldn’t practice, and if you might have some infectious disease, you shouldn’t come to class out of respect for the others.


“Etiquette“ at Yogawerkstatt

  • Please come early to class so as to register in the list of participants and to take your place in the Yoga room.
  • If you are early and there is still a class going on in the Yoga room, please be quiet in order not to disturb the participants.
  • The Yogawerkstatt is a barefoot area. Please leave your shoes in the shelves at the reception.
  • We try to save water and energy – please do the same.
  • Leave your things in the wardrobe but bring valuables into the Yoga room. There are shelves to store them.
  • Switch your mobile phones to silent mode.
  • There is a lot of sweating in the Yoga room, especially in Ashtanga classes, therefore we kindly ask you to observe personal hygiene, to wear clean clothes and use a clean mat. There are showers in the wardrobes.
  • Sometimes, the Yoga room is pretty full. Be considerate towards the others. By the way, a full Yoga Shala creates a lot of mutual energy, and that’s a good thing.
  • Please give away some of your space when you see that another practitioner needs it.
  • Don’t leave the Shala during Savasana (final relaxation, end of class) as this might disturb others.
  • Clear away things which you have used during the class such as pillows, belts, mats, etc.
  • Please clean mats that you have lent after class. (Cleaning cloths are available.)
  • Yogawerkstatt is a tobacco-free zone inside and outside.


The participation at all classes, courses, workshops, events, teacher trainings, etc. of Yogawerkstatt is voluntary and at own responsibility. Participants bear full responsibility for themselves and their actions.