Practice Information

• Bring and take care of your own mat. We do keep a few on hand in case you forget your own or need to borrow one as you get started. No charge.
• Wear comfortable clothing you can move in and expect to practice without shoes and socks. A shower the night before or the morning of practice keeps the space fresh for everyone.
• It is fine to bring water to practice but best to keep it out of the practice space—the teacher can trip on the bottle and you don’t want to cool the heat you are creating in your practice. As a regular practitioner, it is important to stay hydrated during the day so that you won’t need water during practice. Nourish yourself.
• As a new Mysore student, you can walk in at any time that we are open during the week. There is no set start time like in a led class. Beginners are welcome–don’t be shy!
• Hours posted are opening and closing times for the shala space. Please leave yourself enough time to complete your practice before we close. If your day requires some adjustment, this is your responsibility, not the shala. Backbend by 8:45, finish closing postures and rest by 9. We are observing current Covid rules to leave 30 minutes between classes to air and clean the spaces.
• If you find one morning that you have less time for practice, come in anyway! It is better to get on the mat to do a little practice than to do nothing or, worse, rush to get everything in. Practice for as long as you can and leave time for rest. This is how a life-long practice is sustained. Do what you can, move on with your day.
• You might hear people use the term Lady’s “Holiday” from practice. This refers to the days during a woman’s menstruation. It is recommended to take days off from practice during the first days as you see fit. Some women find the days before the period to be most intense, others even during ovulation. With time, you will be able to feel the energy change and decide for yourself what works best.
• This is a 5-6 day a week practice depending on how the moon days fall. We observe Sundays at this shala and the new and full moon days as rest days. We are closed on these days. The benefits of this method come from regular attendance on your mat. The postures were not designed to be done occasionally, and you’ll benefit from regular practice. However, rest is also important. The discipline to take rest is sometimes as difficult as the discipline to practice. Respect our days off! If you are practicing consistently, you will want to take rest.
• If you are sick with a fever, do not practice and bring more heat to the body. If you are contagious with a cold or flu, do not practice in the shala. Take home practice. During these times it is especially important to stay home with any symptoms.
• Avoid eating at least 2 hours before practice. If possible, morning practice is best done on an empty stomach.
• Let the teacher know of any relevant injuries or issues.
• Turn off cell phones and mobile devices.