‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ said Rabbit!

….. and I’ve got a cheeky lunchtime yoga class in the city centre booked during my office job day.

Class starts at 12 o’clock and lunch in my office is officially 1pm.
My considerate boss has allowed me take early lunch to let me go to class. 

I know I am cutting it fine and if I am being totally honest, I knew I would NEVER actually get there on time.

When I arrived everyone was already in the class.

I still need to change out my work clothes into some yoga gear!

I sneak in the door and the teacher glances over and smiling too!.
Phew it’s busy, but there is a still space right at the door.

My heart sinks.

I’ve forgotten my mat AND by the looks of it, the studio mats are all being used.

The teacher notices and ends up giving me her own mat.

Cold wooden floors are not ideal to teach yoga 🙁

Thankfully as a teacher I know what I am doing and I could quietly and safely do some warm up sun salutes and then slide in to the flow of the class.

My late entry really got me thinking about lateness to class.

Is it ok or not?

I have never actually stopped anyone joining in my classes if they have been late.

I was always happy to spend a few moments getting them settled and talking them threw a few warming moves before fully joining in with the class flow.

But I do understand that some teachers really just cannot tolerate lateness.

The answer I feel is down to the individual class, studio and teachers feelings and that common sense and courtesy should be applied.

Lateness to class can be –

Disturbing to others.
Unsafe and puts you at risk of injury, as warm up period is often missed.
Extra work for teacher.
Inconsiderate.
If someone is frequently late even I might find it unacceptable.
Stressful
Rushing is not the state of mind conducive to doing yoga. Gaining yoga’s benefits takes longer.

Wearing my yoga teacher hat and not student, here are my 8 Top Tips To Triumph Lateness That Will Keep You Calm

1. THE ONE OFF
If it’s a one off late blip, simply slide in as subtly as possible with a wee ‘sorry’ face.
Be as quiet as possible as many a yogi likes to flip out their mat with gusto to straighten it out, but maybe this is not the best time.

2. REGULAR LATENESS
If being late to that class is becoming a habit, consider moving to another time or day that suits your schedule better. Look at why you are always late – babysitter late, leaving work late and see if you can make some changes to get away to class 10 minutes earlier.

3. ASK ABOUT CLASS GUIDELINES
Find out the class guidelines about lateness to class. She/he may not mind much, but may have a few request for you when you arrive late and this will avoid any upset – I have been known to set a mat at the door for a chap who was always 5 mins late so disturbance was very little.  When he came to say sorry, but he couldn’t help the lateness I just couldn’t refuse him coming so accommodated it this way. We want to keep men coming to yoga after all they are sometimes few and far between depending on the class style..

4. GAUGUE THE SITUATION ONCE YOU ENTER THE CLASS
Without offence be prepared to leave again if for some reason the class is full or the mats are finished and you have to borrow the teachers (poor soul) In hindsight I most definitely should have backed out gracefully.

5. BE PREPARED TO MISS THAT WEEK
Set a time limit that really is just too late and you have to give it a miss this week even if you have reached the door!

7. DOING YOUR OWN THING TO START
If the warm up has finished before you get in then do your own warm up. Class guideline may have cover some warm us postures but if not sun salutes will also suffice or just your own warm up. Take your time and don’t be in a rush to join in too early.

8. NEWBIE TO CLASS
If totally first time – please just don’t be late. You wont know what, where, how and the teacher cannot be expected to stop the others to help you out and explain things. Injury risks are high and an opportunity to tell the teacher about anything about your body needs is not possible.