Yoga Quota has a great community! The pre-class chatter among students is one of my favourite things about our studio.
I used to frown at the idea of studios allowing chatter before class. The majority of the studios I attended in Canada had a firm "silence" rule for the yoga room. Once you entered it, you were not to talk. This allowed space for others to practice, meditate, and begin to find themselves on their mat before class began.
Although I still see the logic there, I must say that working at Yoga Quota has changed my stance on pre-class chatter quite a bit. Our studio space isn't really conducive to a "silence" before class rule. We've only got one room, so our reception and yoga room are one in the same. This means that most of us don't get an opportunity to mellow out in silence before class - but it also means that we're able to get to know each other as a community in ways not really seen in other studios.
I've dubbed our pre-yoga conversations "Yoga Quota Chatter" because we so regularly talk chit chat about hilarious and interesting things! Through Yoga Quota Chatter I've learned that cats domesticated themselves, that triangles are the strongest shape, that using a eastern European proxy to book airline tickets/hotels usually makes the prices cheaper than they would be if your IP addressed showed you as being in the UK, many things about funny Youtube videos (our Yoga Quotees are honestly hilarious - so many laughs!), and tons about yoga-related stuff such as the construction of hip bones and the rotation of femurs.
I absolutely love this chatter and I think it hugely contributes to the friendly vibe of our studio. Yoga Quota isn't just a place to practice yoga: it's also a place to meet like-minded people and learn random cat facts.
Thank you all so much for your wonderful contributions to our pre-class discussions. I look forward to learning and laughing more with you all in future pre-yoga sessions. xx
The blog photo features three of the many things we've discussed before class: cats, yoga, and the Yoga Cats calendar! Cats seem to be a common theme... not that I'm complaining!