Mysore Practice Tips and Guidlines

Come to class with an open mind, ready to focus and learn, practicing Saucha (purity/preparedness), the first of the Niyamas on the Eight-Limbed path to yoga:

  • Bring a towel or 2 for practice.  One for you and one for the teacher to use for adjustments
  • Do not drink water during practice.  Keep your water bottle outside the practice space
  • Do your best to get a good night’s sleep and proper nutrition the day before practice
  • Practice on an empty stomach.  A light snack 2 hours before is fine.
  • Wear clothing that you can move in comfortably, but not too bulky or warm.  Prepare to sweat.
  • Showering before practice helps warm the muscles - especially for early morning practice - and ensures no offensive body odor.
  • Do not wear heavy perfume or cologne for practice out of respect for other students.
  • Clean your mat and practice towels regularly
  • Minimize talking in the practice space
  • Leave cell phones outside of practice space, or at least ensure that they are in silent mode
  • Bring a small notebook to takes notes AFTER practice.  Leave this and practice sheets outside the practice space if at all possible.
  • Inform the teacher of any injuries or medical conditions before you begin practice
  • Upon arrival, set up your mat and begin practice.  The teacher will ask everyone to come to Samasthitih for chanting, and then you may resume your practice where you left off.  
  • If you arrive after the chant, you may chant on your own, or take a few moments to settle your thoughts and prepare your mind for practice.
  • Do your practice up to the last pose/asana that you have been given and stop.  Do not ask for the next pose - the teacher will give it to you when you are ready
  • If you need help, come to samasthitih and wait for the teacher to come and assist you.

Practice schedule:

It is traditional to practice Sunday-Friday (six days a week) and take off Saturdays, and Moon Days (Full Moon and New Moon).  Ladies are advised to take off the first 2-3 days of their monthly cycle.

This practice is best done consistently (whether 6 days a week or fewer), with patience, dedication, and no attachment to the results of your practice (abhyasa and vairagya).  

“Practice, and all is coming!” ~Sri K Pattabhi Jois