Ashtanga Yoga Bangkok


Mysore Class Guidelines, Rules and Etiquette

Question : Guruji, what makes 
a good student?

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois : Obedience

All students should be aware of the following :

It is your responsibility to ALWAYS notify the teacher of any injury you may have prior to the start of every class.
Physical adjustments are an accepted part of the practice by Ashtanga Yoga students and teachers. If you do not wish to receive them you must inform the teacher before commencing your practice. Students MUST notify the teacher IMMEDIATELY if an adjustment causes them discomfort or pain.

Avoid eating a snack 1-2 hours prior to class start time. Avoid eating a heavy meal 3-4 hours prior to class start time.

Before practice empty the bladder and ideally the bowels.

Please do not bring water into the room to consume during your yoga practice.  Drinking water during your practice cools the body down, and the internal heat created by the breath and the bandhas to burn the toxins will be diminished.  However, drink plenty of water no later than 1/2 an hour before you start your practice and immediately after, in order to keep the body well hydrated.
Students are required to shower before the start of class. Please do not wear perfume and perfumed deodorants.
Please practice towards the front of the room. If you practice at the rear of the room, it may be assumed that you do not want any attention, assistance or adjustments. If there is adequate space, please take yourself to the back of the room after backbends/dropbacks, for finishing and relaxation. 
Students are requested to enter and leave a class with minimal noise and disruption. 

If you arrive when others are already practicing, please roll your mat out slowly as flapping mats create draft on a sweaty body next to you, which can be very distracting and unpleasant.
Stay within your space physically and energetically. We are very vulnerable during practice, and students next to you might feel invaded by overly noisy breathing or movements. 
Do not step on another students mat.
No talking! Students are not permitted to have conversations during class unless it is with the teacher.
Refrain from assisting other practitioners in any way, and refuse any help or guidance offered by another student.
Please respect and follow the traditional Ashtanga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Please do not add, skip or in other ways deviate from the traditional Ashtanga sequence of yoga asanas unless acknowledged or requested by your teacher.
Please do not take any new asanas unless agreed upon with your teacher.
New asanas will not be given on Tuesdays, due to the aggressive nature of the planet Mars which exerts a strong influence on Tuesdays.
Do not watch another students practice during your practice. It is not helpful for you, or for them. Everyone in the room should feel comfortable and unselfconscious.
Yoga is non-competitive. Do not compare your practice to that of another. Do not compare your rate of progress with that of another. Respect the teacher’s judgment regarding your level of practice.
Regular practitioners should not practice on Saturdays, or on Full or New Moondays.
If a student is practicing beyond primary series, the last practice of the week should be the Primary Series only. If the Moonday falls on a Friday, then the Thursday practice should be Primary only. 
If you need to leave early, let the teacher know in advance. Finish your practice 10 mins before you need to leave, take some time for relaxation, it is crucial that you rest at the end of your practice.

Ladies. Please take 2 - 4 days rest (“Ladies Holiday”) during menstruation. Please see Authorized Ashtanga Teacher Kimberley Flynn’s informative short video for more information.

For more general information please see Ashtanga Yoga: Ann Arbour’s excellent booklet : House Recommendations 2013.


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