A hidden gem of an Ashtanga resource

At some point during the week, the Facebook feed for Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop posted a link to its “What is Mysore?” explanation.

It got shared, as these things, do, and for good reason.

But there was something more, something deeper that was the real find: the page’s full Mysore FAQ.

Here’s how you find it, if you haven’t seen it.

Under the main page’s “Schedule” link is another link, “About Mysore.” It starts with the usual “Boy, am I sore” joke, but the real hidden and buried gems are when you expand  the “More Mysore FAQ” bar. Get ready to spend some time reading.

Maybe during the Super Bowl today?

Because injuries have been a topic here recently, to give you a sense of what you’ll encounter, just one of the FAQs:

i’ve heard assists in mysore class can be extreme. is this true and what if i have an injury, will i get injured through an assist?

Assists in yoga are intended to help educate the practitioner about correct alignment and form so they may embody the more subtle internal aspects of the practice. Sometimes assists can be aimed at giving the student a physical experience of what a posture might feel like or how to work towards being able to do the posture. Verbal assists give the student a more clear understanding of the form or the benefits of the pose. Some assists might seem extreme while others are very subtle. Teachers at the Yoga Workshop always work with students where they’re at and we do not push people beyond their limit. Self practice is a way for student and teacher to work in concert together, but ultimately in self practice, it is your practice. So please, if you have an injury, be certain to tell the teacher. Poses and assists can always be modified to accommodate an injury and to facilitate healing.

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One thought on “A hidden gem of an Ashtanga resource”

  1. Thanks for pointing this out. I just had a nice little session reading all of it. Off to do the awesome self practice right now!

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