Getting acquired!

This is mostly relevant to a tech company. Also, this is in continuation with the article I had written earlier:

Working with Startups

According to my exposure there are two types of startups

Type 1 – Start ups designed to be sold quickly when it reaches a level of growth
Type 2 – Startups which are intended to be held, grown and go public in later date

In my case, all the startups I have worked with had fallen into the Type 1 category.

When do startups sell?

A startup’s value lies in its ability to grow. Once you are approaching a plateau in terms of growth may be the promoters would like to sell. And the best deal you can get when you sell your startup is when you really do not have to sell!

The news of your company getting acquired can reach you in two ways:

• Through the grape vine
• Or through an announcement in the media

If you are a tiny / small fish, getting acquired by another medium sized company, mostly you will get the news through the grape vine. So life is going smooth with the startup company you are working. May be it has become monotonous with salaries remaining stable and you are thinking of moving to greener pastures as it is getting very predictable and boring! And then you see some changes in the way your organization is functioning:
• The promoters may get very secretive suddenly. They may get interested to know about the “talks” going on in the office. You may find the same questions asked to different employees in the office and makes you wonder what is happening?
• You may be requested for various data relating to your operations from the start of the company like – attrition, analysis of attrition, average length of stay of employees in the office, educational level / background of the employees, salary details, benefit details etc. Also about company assets, agreements which is entered into with the customers, service providers and vendors and details of revenues from the customers and your financials.
• Till yesterday your company would have been a flat organization without any managerial positions and not much managerial job. Now there are some levels getting introduced in the organization. Whether you like it or not you are given a title called manager and will be having a couple of guys reporting to you. Your job doesn’t change much. You are still doing the same technical stuff and you are still unaware of your reportees salary. 😉
• You never had a contract with your company and suddenly, company realizes it is good to have a job contract with you with a one year lock in and with a non-competitive clause.
• All your licenses become legal !
• You see unusual traffic to your office mostly senior executives from companies which may be one of your clients / competitors / legal firms.
• If you are senior enough, you get to present your area of expertise to the visitors too.
• You may also get face time with the visitors in case you are in a relatively senior position. The range of topic of discussions can range from the “dot” on your forehead to the working culture of your city. 😊

If you are a reasonably sized company and is getting acquired by a big company, you may be caught unawares. You will just get an email from the outgoing CEO announcing the sale mostly on a Friday evening and wishing you all the best. Then the media takes over, analysts will follow with the positives and negatives of the deal, legal companies crop up and gets in touch with the share holder to sue the company etc, etc. In middle of all these you will be sitting with an unexplainable fear and excitement!

But if you watch carefully the pattern in which your company is operating, you can recognize the signs that your company is getting ready for a sale. The below can be among them:

• You may never get a long term vision from your management
• Your product pipelines are not very well defined
• No common policies across the globe
• No efforts to build in a common culture across the different centers if you are a global company
• You may see your company acquiring other small companies to “fill” in the gaps in your product line, so that it will be attractive to big players in the same domain
• Watch the board of your company – You may find new inductions who may be experts with past experience in selling / merging companies
• You will see lot of efforts in pushing up the share price
• Generally, you will get a feeling that the company is fattened like how you fatten the lamb before you send to the slaughter house. 😊

Emotions of an employee of the acquired company:

In most of the situations the first reaction will be surprise. The Surprise can then lead to excitement. You try to get more and more information about the company, products, markets, leaders, culture, policies and of course you will start monitoring the share price if the company is listed. You will try to find out who may be your future manager, try to talk to your friends / acquaintances working in that company to get an idea about the company. Each working day in office will start with a new story which is brought in by someone which may be true / false / exaggerated version of the reality! You may also hear stories about the acquired company planning to give you a retainer ship package. You are lucky if it is true. Mostly it is a wishful thinking of some idea generators.

And then the reality sinks in. Human tendency at this point is to recognize only bad news. You start to get anxious about your position / your pay in the organisation. If you are acquired by a past competitor you tend to get rebellious too. If you are in complimentary position you may feel more at ease.

Tips for employees of the acquired company

• Feeling anxious / agitated / frustrated / angry / tensed is normal. Do not take any decision in hurry. Give time.
• You may feel that you do not have all the information you need from the company which acquired you. This too is normal. The company also needs time to share and percolate their view point and policies.
• Follow only official communication. The management will be transparent and truthful in most of the situations. Do not believe in hearsay.
• Do not panic even if you hear stories about layoffs. Mostly the layoffs will happen at very senior levels where they are protected by compensations and golden handshake packages.
• Technical talents are normally recognized, appreciated and valued. The acquired company also will be eager to retain talent to continue the smooth operation.
• There is a risk of layoffs for support teams when integration happens – Administration / IT / Finance/ operations / HR. Mostly you will get sufficient notice from the new management in case there is a risk for your job. But be aware of this.
• If you cannot cope up with anxiety related to uncertainty, take action which will suit you. Living in stress will spoil your health.
• Approach the new company with open mind. Give them a chance.
• If you find it difficult to cope up with the new company, look for another job. There is no point hanging on without full commitment. Staying in the company unhappy is detrimental both for you and the company.
• Remember that change is the only thing which is constant around you.
• Finally, your attitude matters!

Are you the acquirer? Some pointers for you too below:

• Try to be as transparent as the situation allows you. This will allow to keep rumors and false information percolating into the new company at bay.
• Refrain from making off hand remarks to your new employees. Even a casual remark can upset the people. Remember they will be looking forward for each and every word coming from your mouth.
• Decisions you are making if explained logically will be very much appreciated by the employees.
• Remember that majority of your employees are technical guys whose business outlook and sense may be poor.
• Engineers are sentimentally attached to the projects they are working on and are not bothered / aware of the financial implications of their projects on the company’s bottom line. You may have to educate them on this aspect especially if you are planning to scrap the ones they are working on.
• Keep the ambiguity period as short as possible.
• Share your vision and long term goals
• Deliver the promise if you had made some
• Train new employees in your culture and guide them constantly
• Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Working with Startups

A few thoughts of mine on working with startups. Right from my first job, I was working in startups till 2010. That makes it 19 years of my career!

Out of the four startups I have worked in, I happened to be the employee number one in three of them. When you are the number one employee mostly even before the company is formed, you get to choose the place you want the office to be located! 😊

The range of experience you get in a startup is tremendous! You get to know a series of activities starting from registering the company to opening the bank account. You will have more responsibility, opportunities and recognition! There will no dress code and you get to work in flexible hours. You will have to find your own job in the organization and take charge of the situation. Most probably no role will be defined in a startup and you get to play the role which you are offered the employment for to several others. It is also a nice way to understand the challenges for each role. I still can slip into the roles of a receptionist, office assistant, travel agent, purchase officer, human resource executive, recruiter, accountant, sales person and head of the organization with much ease.

You will learn how to live frugally in office environment also as resources available at your end will be scarce. You will become an excellent negotiator with the banks, hotels, telecom companies, recruiting companies, contracting companies, license providers, other vendors and service providers.

Greatest challenge is when you must find your team. Lot of this exercise to attract the right talent depends on your / other stake holders personal charisma and the way you present your ideas and plans. It starts from introducing the company to the prospective team members as you are new entrant to the market with no brand value and absolutely no brand recall. You will have to sell the company by educating them about the company, history of promoter’s career, long term and short term vision, sources of funding etc. The only positive point is that you can generally offer good salaries and can offer whatever designation the employee demands. Benefits and facilities will most probably be non-existent and is most probably compensated by the good pay!

Only certain type of employees will suit a startup team. The ones who look at more than 2- 3 years of product pipeline, those who cannot deal with uncertainties, who expect work life balance, security in terms of work, averse to risk taking are all a big no. Enthusiastic, hardworking, those willing to invest lot of their time and efforts, experimental, innovative, risk taking excited souls will suit well. Enthusiastic new college graduates generally fits the bill perfectly. They are the ones who look forward for challenges, do not mind the late hours, filled with ideas! They are fluid, open and can be molded into what you want.

Retaining employees also becomes a challenge especially when these New College Graduates reach the marriageable age. They would have risen quite well in the organization, carrying a designation which will be unthinkable for many of their peers who decided to join “Run of the Mill” company. Their Salaries also will be quite high as only your contribution to the company decides your salary and not your age or experience. If they are finding a spouse on their own, no issues. If they are depending on their parents to look for a partner, trouble starts! The prospective in laws will find the company name not a big, popular name like WIPRO, TCS, INFOSYS. Also there are no long term “On site” opportunities. Only short trips as most startups will have a parent company abroad and work is done here in India. The office will be mostly a 1500 sq.ft functional space situated not in a swanky complex! Mostly the proposal will abort as the company do not stand up to their expectations! Not many understands the prospective groom / bride is doing cutting edge work and they mostly miss the genius who would have been their in-law! . After several aborted proposals many will have to bow to the parental pressure to work for a “standard known name” ! So many leave looking for a company with a well know name which will be offering them may be less salary and designation. The brave ones stay on and the smart ones come back after couple of years ditching the standard company who do not offer the thrill of working in a start up!

Another set of resources which can get attracted to these startups are the abroad returnees. They will have sufficient experience, not averse to start ups, would have made a bit of saving from overseases experience and willing to take risk. They will have other attractions too like coming back to own place. But cultural shock is something you have to handle for them. You must sell the company to them and their spouses! They mostly will be attracted to job profile and designation! But work environment will be something they would not have expected. There were cases the prospective employee did not join as the toilets were not up to the expectations and after scouting for couple of companies came back as the person found all toilets in Chennai were similar!

You will be part of every order your company secures, every client the company sign up and be part of the entrepreneur’s dreams! You will have strong relationship with other startup vendors who are sailing in the same boat and you will be willing to experiment and collaborate with them and trust in their ability to deliver. You will enjoy the special attention you get from them as you most probably will be their first or only client. You can also find marketing personnel who follow you for years in whichever organization they are in and develop a good personal rapport with you and benefits when your company grows.

You tend to believe and behave that the company you are working is yours and address it as “my company” and many prospective employers of yours you will meet during this stint of yours will back off thinking you are not available in the job market!

On top of all you will become an expert in thriving in a chaotic environment!

What happens when the startup gets acquired by another one? Planning to write on that soon!

For my sisters – Four pointers towards peaceful life!

The thoughts I have penned down below are recollection from a talk I delivered for women employees in Corporation Bank and also repeated in my office for women’s day last year.

Four points which came to my mind for my sisters to have a decent life. I have compiled this from the lives of women I have met in family, school, college, work place and my own experience.

I have not tried to be politically correct. All points may not suit all. Please take what suits you and leave the rest!

Take care of your health

No compromise on this point. And I consider this to be the most important aspect which women should take care of! Take care of your diet, find time for exercise and do your routine checkups. Whatever said and done and whatever changes have happened in the society, women still have majority of the responsibility in running the house. They remain the fulcrum of the family. And acts as the primary care giver of the family. It is important that you maintain proper health yourself so that you can take care of others. For working women this becomes a daunting task too! You are expected to stay home and take care whoever falls sick – whether it is father in law, mother in law, father, mother, husband, kids and finally yourself! For this it is extremely important you have good health.

Be independent

Have a job / business which gives you a steady income from which you can save too! Make sure you have your own bank accounts, your own savings, your own investments and at least a 300 sq.ft place of your own to stay. You may have the best husband, children, in laws in the world! But be prepared for an eventuality in case you have to be alone. Life is never predictable, and changes are the only things which is permanent.

Learn how to ride a two-wheeler or car. Freedom to move around helps you more than anything else. You do not have to dependent on others for small errands and gives you a lot of flexibility. Also, this skill can be helpful in case of an emergency. Treat this like a life skill.


Maintain relationships within family and outside, whether it is at work place or in social circles which you move around.

Try to maintain a good relationship with your in-laws and parents. They are your support system especially if you are working. If your parents / in-laws are helping you to maintain your house, take care of your kids etc. never forget to thank them and express them in words. Listening from your mouth will be more valuable than showing in terms of gifts which is also important. Never take them for granted. The same is true about your cook / domestic help. Acknowledge their contribution in making your life smoother!

Have good relationships at your work place also. Keep your manager, colleagues informed about the challenges you have at home if any in brief. They will be able to understand and support you in case of an emergency. Maintain a cordial relationship with people with whom you interact daily – whether it is your auto driver, office assistants, security people. They can be of immense help in way you would have never imagined. It can be as simple as collecting a courier for you!

Have your own set of friends! For women, once you are married in our social and cultural scenario, tend to get disconnected from their set of friends due to relocation and other social pressures. Your husband’s friend’s wives become your “friends” whether you like it or not! But I am glad this is changing! Husbands relocating to suit wives job and women maintaining their set of friends is normal now. Technology and social media definitely helps.

It is also good to have friends from both genders. Many times you will get a totally different view point from your male friends which can help you to take correct decisions.

Also select your friends carefully. You can get influenced by friends easily. Have positive people around you. Do not get influenced by others. Use your brains and decide what is good for you. Stay away from people who brings stress and negativity to you. Have positive influence on your friends. Be careful about whom you share what with!


Believe that you are the reason for you being happy. It is not dependent on others. Do not give that privilege or control to others. Do things you like, or you enjoy. Spend on yourself and on things which will make your life easy. Employ a cook / helper in the house. You will get quality and happier time with your family if you do not have to spend your precious time cooking and cleaning daily. Pamper yourself with a massage or pedicure occasionally. Go out with your friends for a movie or Shopping. Take vacations for yourself where you can be free and not “take care” of others! Identify your passions and indulge in the same. Do not get worked up about things you cannot change. It will be simpler to accept them and move on rather than wasting your efforts on trying to change things which you cannot have control on!

Ketogenic Diet – Day 5,6,7,8,9


DAY 5 – JULY 28, 2014 (118.6 pounds)

Minimal  change in weight today!

An hour of yoga practice with my group… Energizing…

Break fast – Macadamia nut – Egg Pan cake

Lunch – Chicken , Vegetables, Sausage salad with Mayo and Mustard Sauce

Snack – Coffee with whole milk without sugar

Dinner – Hard boiled egg and Chicken salami roasted with Mayo and mustard sauce

Had Green tea, peppermint tea and hip tea in between.

Day’s summary – Carbohydrates –25 g, Fat – 67 g, Protein  48g, Total Calories – 918

DAY 6  – JULY 29, 2014 (117.8 pounds)

Some  change in weight today but at the same time, I noticed 2 undesirable effects also.

My body has heated up and is having frequent bowel movements.  Also noticed significant hair loss. :-(

Took some electrolyte, which I am sure will increase my carbohydrate consumption. Did some research and found that hair loss happens on low carbohydrate diet. Not happy at all on this finding.  For whatever it is started Biotin supplement. Hope the hair fall settles soon!

Practiced couple of hours of yoga with my students.

Break fast – Paneer – Coconut milk shake

Lunch – Chicken – Cabbage – Coconut milk Soup

Snack – Flaxseed – Coconut milk porridge with cherries

Dinner – Spinach,Mushroom ,poached egg salad

Had Chamomile tea, peppermint tea and hip tea in between.

Day’s summary – Carbohydrates –53 g, Fat – 62g, Protein  37g, Total Calories – 971

DAY 7 – JULY 30, 2014 (118.2 pounds)

A  bad day for my keto diet!

Did my yoga for 2 groups.

Started the day with unsweetened coconut milk.

May be since I did not eat my breakfast properly,  I ended up have a thick coffee and a lovely  ginger tea, both with sugar free.

Lunch was shredded  chicken , mushroom, coconut milk soup and meat balls.

One of my colleagues visiting from office abroad invited me for a dinner at The Great Kakab Factory.   Here is the menu.  I was happy that the place was in line with my diet. I resisted his offer for wine / beer. But succumbed for all the lovely Indian breads and desserts. Lovely gulab jamun on condensed milk, fruit kheer was yummy!

Since I am not sure of the calories, I have not recorded any.

DAY 8– JULY 31,  2014 (118.4 pounds)

Yeah , I had to pay the price for last night dinner!  :-(

Yoga as usual.

Breakfast was unsweetened coconut milk and 2 macadamia nuts.

Lunch was shredded chicken, boiled eggs with Mayo and honey mustard sauce.

Dinner was Tortillas  with cheese and eggs. I made a slight change in the menu.  reduced the coconut oil and added flax seed powder to the mix.

Had Chamomile tea, peppermint tea and hip tea in between.

Day’s summary – Carbohydrates –53g, Fat – 85g, Protein  54g, Total Calories – 1197

DAY 9– AUGUST 1, 2014 (118. 2 pounds)

Looks like I am back in the track….

Yoga as usual.

Hair fall has  sort of stopped. Though not fully.

Day started with a tea.

Had a badusha celebrating the success of a project in office.

Lunch was roasted chicken salami and boiled eggs with Avacado dressing.

Had a Paneer – Milk Shake in the evening.

Was feeling a bit puckish due to high fat I guess.  Also not very hungry.  Decided to skip dinner.

Had  couple of cups of green tea  in between.

Day’s summary – Carbohydrates –48 g, Fat – 51 g, Protein  43 g , Total Calories – 850



Ketogenic Diet – Meat balls

Meat balls

Minced chicken, mutton or beef – 200g

Large Onion – 1

Garlic ginger paste – 2 tsp

Green chilly – 2

garlic minced – 2 tsp

red chilly powder – 1 tsp

coriander powder – 1 tsp

turmeric powder  – 1 tsp

ground masala  -1/2 tsp

coconut oil – as needed

coriander leaves – minced – 2 tbs

Egg – 1 beaten

boil the mince with garlic ginger paste, turmeric and little bit of salt.

In hot pan, add 2 table spoon of coconut oil and saute cut onions, garlic , chilly. Add the powders. mix all well. To this add the cooked mince.

Adjust the salt.

Mix all the ingredients well with beaten egg. Make it into small  flat balls. Fry in coconut oil of bake as desired.


Benefits of Yoga


Physical Benefits

  • Increases range of motion in the joints.
  • Increases muscle tone. (From the larger ones to some of the smaller, less-used muscles.)
  • Increases endurance. (This depends on the style, as some are more conducive to improving endurance, such as vinyasa, ashtanga, and other power styles.)
  • Helps develop motor skills for kids.
  • Improves balance.
  • Improves coordination.
  • Improves posture. (Increases in strength, especially core strength, flexibility, and bodily awareness can lead to improvements in posture. Moreover, each pose give specific attention and focus to proper alignment.)
  • Improves respiration. (Increased lung capacity due to yoga’s emphasis on deeper and fuller breathing.)
  • Improves circulation of blood.
  • Improves stress-management (or less stress). (Yoga’s emphasis on deepening and lengthening the breath helps to initiate the body’s relaxation response.)
  • Lowers levels of adrenaline, cortisol, and catechol amines (all responses to   stress.)
  • Increases energy and vitality.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Lowers pulse rate.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Eases the symptoms of asthma.
  • Facilitates weight loss. (Primarily through better lifestyle choices.)
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Improves oxygen delivery to cells.
  • Helps to prevent loss of bone density (osteoporosis).
  • Reduces or even eliminates pain, both acute and chronic. (Including those associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia.)
  • Improves sleep and decreases symptoms and occurrence of insomnia.
  • Improve conditions of irregular heart rhythm.
  • Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism.
  • Protects against future injury.
  • Aids the recovery of stroke victims.
  • Massages the internal organs.
  • Improves lymphatic functioning.
  • Helps prevent hardening of the arteries.
  • Aids and improves digestion and elimination processes.
  • Helps to detoxify the body.
  • Increases the Galvanic skin response.
  • Improves depth perception.
  • Improves endocrine functioning (normalization).
  • Reduces sodium levels.
  • Increases level of red blood cells.
  • Increases core stability.
  • Improves agility.
  • Improves reaction time.
  • Decreases inflammatory markers.
  • Decrease in cellular aging.
  • Reduces blood glucose levels. (Especially helpful for diabetics.)
  • Aids in sensory integration (especially helpful for both kids and adults with Autism).
  • Improves lipid profile.
  • Improves symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. (Improved grip and reduction of pain.)
  • Decreases occurrence of tension headaches and migraines.
  • Relieves some symptoms and discomfort associated with menstruation and menopause.
  • Promotes nasal breathing. (Filters, warms, and humidifies the air).
  • Aids in common pregnancy discomforts such as bloating and backaches.
  • Often helps make labour shorter and easier.
  • Helps manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Improves spinal curvature. (Can even help straighten curvature associated with scoliosis.)
  • Elevates brain gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) levels. (Lows levels are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.)
  • Improves sexual functioning.
  • Calms the nervous system.
  • Nourishes intervertebral discs.

Mental and Emotional Benefits

  • Increases experience of relaxation.
  • Provides a deeper appreciation for the present moment, or mindfulness.
  • Allows for greater mind control, or control over the thoughts.
  • Increases mental clarity.
  • Improves concentration and focus.
  • Improves self-discipline.
  • Expands imagination and creativity (especially in children).
  • Elevates mood and feelings of contentment.
  • Increases self-awareness.
  • Increases self-confidence.
  • Increases optimism.
  • Provides much-needed “me-time.” (Especially important for parents)
  • Increases mental strength, or willpower.
  • Improves symptoms of certain neuropsychiatric disorders. (Including schizophrenia and ADHD.)
  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Improves learning efficiency.
  • Improvements in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Reduces symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Fosters a healthier body-image.
  • Improves emotional control. (Especially over feelings such as anger or hostility.)
  • Improves self-control. (Contributes to better choices and habits.)
  • Increases experience of positive emotions. (Joy, peace.)
  • Decreases experience of negative emotions. (Fear, frustration, worries.)
  • Improves the mind-body connection. (Comes from synchronizing breathing with movement. Retrains the mind to find a place a peace and calm.)
  • Improves relationships with others.
  • May decrease feelings of loneliness (especially in elderly practitioners).
  • Increases sense of emotional healing and well-being.
  • Increases ability to handle disappointment and adversity.
  • Increases open-mindedness.
  • Improves intuitive abilities.
  • Increases sense of community. (When practiced in a group setting.)

Spiritual Benefits

  • Encourages self-knowledge.
  • Stimulates the energy centres of the body.
  • Increases ability to manifest positive experiences in daily life.
  • Discovery or connection with one’s sense of purpose or meaning in life.
  • Creates a sense of being more in-tune with one’s inner consciousness.
  • Leads to a greater sense of connectedness to others and the world.
  • Develops a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves. (Nature, the universe, one’s God or gods, or some other expression of the divine.)
  • Fosters a greater sense of appreciation of each experience for what it is.
  • Fosters a deeper sense of gratitude in general.
  •  Leads to a sense of fulfilment

Yoga Etiquette


A few etiquette to  be followed in a yoga class

  • Be Punctual

Come to yoga class on time. It will be disturbing for fellow students if you come in late. Try to come at least five minutes in advance, enter silently and settle in your place.

  • Discuss health issues with the instructor

Your yoga instructor should be aware of your health issues and injuries. He or She can customize yogic practice for you if you bring your specific issues into his / her notice.

  • No smoking

If you have the habit of smoking, please do not smoke just before the yoga class and wear clothes that you have smoked in.  Lot of deep breathing is done in yoga class and  if there is presence of nicotine, the air become toxic.

  • Practice in empty stomach

Come to  yoga class at least  3 hours after your last meal

  • Leave footwear outside

Yoga is done on a mat on the floor.  You may come in contact with bare floor during many  poses. Hence it is important to keep the floor dirt and contaminant free.

  • Bodily Functions

Yoga practice involves internal organs as well as external. Do not be embarrassed in case you or your fellow practioners fart or queef . It is natural and normal.

  • No jewelry

Avoid wearing heavy  neck chains, bangles, bracelets, watches, belts  to yoga class. These may interfere with the yoga practice.

  • Mind Personal Hygiene

Yoga classes will be in close setting. Make sure you wear fresh and clean clothes, brush your teeth, use mouth wash, tie up your hair. Bring a clean towel to wipe your sweat. Also make sure your feet is clean.

  • Respect each other’s space

Please leave shoulder length distance around you when you settle in a place in the class

  • Minimum talking

Please keep the talking minimum when you are in class. Yoga needs concentration and needs inward looking. It will be a tranquil environment and talking will disturb the scene.

  • Turn off gadgets

Electronic gadgets have no place in yoga classes.  Try to leave them at home or in your vehicle or lockers. In case you  have to necessarily carry them to class, please keep them in silent mode.

  • Comfortable  clothes

Wear clothes which are comfortable. It  should give you freedom to move your hands and legs and stretch your body. Not too tight or not too loose.  Make sure clothes are comfortable around your waist. Avoid wearing revealing clothes to class. Peeping thongs and underwear bands are not an interesting sight. Avoid deep  necked tops  and low waist bottoms.

  • No kids

Leave kids at home however well behaved they are.

  • Less deodorant  or perfume

Avoid strong deodorant and perfumes. Smells are purely subjective.  Yoga involves deep breathing and heavy breathing.  Strong odors can cause problems to some.

  • Clean up

Wipe your sweat from the  yoga mat and the floor after practice. Clean the mat and dry each time after class. Rolled mats  which are not cleaned will carry heavy, stale and moldy  odor  when you open the next day.

  • Pay on time

Do not make teacher  keep reminding you about payments.

  • Got a cold, stay at home

If you are sick, avoid the  yoga class. Body needs rest and allow it to heal.

  • Do not stare at fellow students

May be you are just appreciating their flexibility or ability to do hard poses with ease. Whatever may be your reason, avoid staring at others in the yoga class.  It may be rude to do that and embarrass them too.