For the first time in about a month, due to illness and sleep inertia, I got myself out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and onto the mat at 6 a.m.
Ugh. It was kind of awful. Certainly nothing I’d ever recommend.
It also was the first time in those weeks when I’d practiced all alone, and I realized that having even one person in a room with you creates a very different experience: there’s a certain amount of external motivation; there’s the other person’s breath to act as a touchstone; there’s the opportunity for some levity (always important); there’s also more chance for distraction.
It’s the good and bad, I suppose, of the Mysore practice.
Probably also because in less than a month we’ll be at Ashtanga Yoga New York, I’m also cognizant of the rules and regulations of a Mysore room.
So I thought I’d go looking for different sets of those rules. Here they are. If I’ve missed any good ones, feel free to let me know:
There’s a bit from AYNY at this link; I figure given the above, it’s the place to start.
Richard Freeman’s “studio etiquette.”
And etiquette from Ashtanga Yoga Victoria.
The Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto’s “What is Mysore?”
Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC’s guidelines.
Our own beginner’s guide.
The FAQ from Ashtanga Yoga Peru.
From Flow Yoga Center.
And finally, from Edinburgh.