Guidelines

Instructions for a good practice

  • Practice on an empty stomach. Do not eat at least two hours, or drink fifteen minutes before practicing.
  • It is a good habit to take a shower before practice.
  • Always wear clean clothes and wash your mat every now and then. Clothing should be flexible and comfortable but not baggy. Astanga yoga is practiced barefoot.
  • Prepare to sweat.
  • Inform your teacher of any injury or medical condition.
  • Avoid strong perfume. Some people are sensitive and allergic to strong odors.
  • Traditionally, the practice is done six mornings a week, with Saturday as the day of rest. Rest days are also taken on full and new moon days.
  • For women, it is traditionally not advised to practice during the first three days of menstruation, nor during the first trimester of pregnancy and first three months postpartum. If you become pregnant ask your teacher for guidance!
  • Learn to pay attention and discover what works for you and what doesn’t, not just during certain days (‘ladies holidays’, moon days or pregnancy) but every day!
  • Benefits only come with regular practice, but it’s important to exercise healthy moderation, balance and common sense. We are not meant to perform the postures in exactly the same way everyday.
  • You will experience pleasant soreness, but any kind of sharp and/or continuous pain is always a signal of going beyond one’s limits. Avoid using force in the postures and respect pain signals.
  • Resist the urge to compare yourself to others, as everyone benefits from this system of yoga in his or her own way. You will progress at your own level and in your own time.
  • Astanga yoga is not intended for children under the age of twelve, although it is perfectly safe and quite beneficial for them to learn about yoga practice playfully. There is no limit as to how old one can be and still maintain a practice.
  • The practice should not be done while sick with a fever or flu, or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or strong medicine. After an illness has passed, it is recommended to take at least one day of rest before beginning gently again.
  • Study the order of postures, the breathing and the movement system (vinyasa), and the names of the poses. This will clarify the practice, improve your concentration, and make it easier to communicate with teacher.
  • Follow the Astanga sequence and what the teacher has taught you. Please do not adjust other people or do what they are doing if it’s not part of your own personal practice.
  • Yoga should be a source of support and strength for your everyday life, and should improve the quality of your life in all levels. It is not the goal of yoga for you to forget the outside world and develop obsessive focus on the inner world of your mind and body. Avoid the appeal of fanaticism.
  • Often, the more you advance the less you obsess with the need to achieve. Patience is cultivated. With the right attitude, yoga is a genuine path towards meeting your true self, where you are happy and already content with the present moment, as it is.
  • Enjoy the practice.

At Mysore Yoga CPH

  • Remove your shoes. We have a place for them outside the front door.
  • Before, during and after practice, it is important that everybody contributes to the pleasant and focused environment, free from interruption or disturbance. Make sure your mobile phone is turned off or on silent mode. Refrain from conversations that might be disruptive to others who are practicing.
  • Please do not leave any valuables in the changing room during practice. We are not responsible for any lost items.
  • We do have mats available to borrow, but the recommendation is to purchase your own mat. We have a basic mat selection in our store.
  • If you practice at least three times a week you can store your mat at Mysore Yoga CPH.
  • Our kitchen is your kitchen. You’re welcome to use the blender, water kettle, cups and plates. Please keep in mind that Mysore Yoga CPH is a vegetarian yoga space.
  • Saver water, save energy!
  • Help us to keep the space tidy.

All these considerations are an excellent way to practice the first two limbs of Astanga Yoga (Yama and Niyama). They are the codes and ethics on how we relate to ourselves and the external world, in this instance also the teachers and fellow practitioners at MYC.

”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

”Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you're right.” ― Henry Ford

"There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois

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