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.
• Keep unneeded items off the practice room floor. This will keep the space tidy for all practitioners. It is fine to bring water to practice but best to keep it in your bag for before and after practice—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.
• As a new Mysore student, you can walk in at any time that we are open during the week, 6:00-9:00, as long as you finish by 9:00. This is not a 3 hour class. Your first visit might be 40 minutes or so if you are new to the sequence and will lengthen with time. 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 9. Backbend by 8:45, finish the closing postures and take rest by 9. We need to air out and clean the space for the next class.
• 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. At the shala, we observe Sundays 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 actively sick, coughing or sneezing, do not come in for practice. Take home practice if you feel the movement benefits you but coming into the space with symptoms is not respectful of other students. If you are sick with a fever, do not practice, as it brings more heat to the body.
• 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, watches, and mobile devices.