Mysore a top yoga school in India plus eight places to make an asana of yourself

A couple of lighter things to get your through the weekend.

First up, KPJAYI makes this list of the top five yoga schools in India:

Ashtanga Institute is located in Mysore and is run by the descendants of Guru Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who has been teaching yoga since the 1930’s. The yoga institute offers intensiveAshtanga yoga classes throughout the year. The institute emphasises on vinyasa as the central component of Ashtanga yoga. Vinyasa is breathing and moving while performing the asanas. One needs to apply at least two months in advance as this is a much sought after yoga institute. The institute does not provide any accommodation although there are many nearby.

But I actually like a line from its description of an (the?) Iyengar school in Pune: “The renowned yoga centre attracts several students from all over the world, but it could be difficult to get a place in the institute as it is always full.” Wow, several students! Sounds crowded.

The second piece is from the LA Times: Eight “cool” places to do yoga. For instance:

OK, forget all the names of yoga poses you’ve learned. At the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe in the heart of the French capital, guests receive a deck of cards with yoga poses based on Parisian landmarks.

The downward dog becomes the pyramids of the Louvre; the cobra pose, the gargoyles of Notre Dame. And of course the Eiffel Tower is the tree pose. You can do the self-guided workout anywhere in the city or in your room.

But there’s also this:

The Montage Laguna Beach adds a spiritual and healing component to its 2015 Mind and Body offerings. On Sept. 19-20, participants may take a two-hour yoga class and then receive 60-minute spa treatment and lunch at the Spa Montage.

As part of the series, Diana Christinson leads what’s called the Manomaya kosha (one of five koshas of yoga). The session costs $329 per person (not including hotel room).

An Ashtanga teacher gets in the mix.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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