Mysore FAQs from around the world

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.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

One thought on “Mysore FAQs from around the world”

  1. I always respect shala rules, especially when I’m a visitor. They were made for a reason eh. Anyway, I was recently turned away from practicing at a local shala because I already have committed myself to a main teacher, whose shala happened to be closed because of the holiday. I was politely told to go home and do self-practice. In retrospect, it makes sense because you don’t want contradictory direction from two different teachers. Also, shala hopping breaks the parampara tradition. Still, I felt left disappointed and a little embarassed due to the awkward conversation. I’m not sharing this to complain (well just a little bit), but more so to pass along another (unstated?) tenet of our practice — when you find a teacher, no shala hopping allowed!

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