Mysore Room Etiquette


Mysore etiquette is essential for creating a peaceful and respectful environment in a Mysore-style yoga class. The Mysore system is a traditional and self-paced form of Ashtanga yoga where students practice independently within a group setting under the guidance of a teacher. Here are some common etiquette guidelines:

  1. Arrive with enough time to complete your practice before the allotted class time ends. If you don’t have enough time or prana (energy) to do your full practice, check in with your teacher about how to modify.
  2. When you enter the room, set up your mat closest to the front when and where possible.
  3. Practice saucha (cleanliness). This includes clean clothes, mat, towels and body hygiene to ensure a pleasant practice experience for everyone.
  4. Remove your shoes before entering the yoga room. Our studio has designated areas for shoes outside the practice space.
  5. No phone zone! We ask that you please turn off or silence your mobile phone and leave devices in change room.
  6. In Mysore method, teachers may provide physical adjustments to help students. If you do not want adjustments, it’s acceptable to politely decline or inform the teacher beforehand. There are consent cards located in the caddy outside of the change room for students to use.
  7. After your practice, bring your mat outside of the yoga room and into the lobby to clean – this helps to keep distractions to other students at a minimum.
  8. Please refrain from requesting asanas (postures) from our teachers. Your teachers know where you’re at and want to see you succeed! Trust that they know when to move you along the Mysore sequence.

Remember that Mysore is a practice of self-discipline and self-awareness. By following these etiquette guidelines, you contribute to a harmonious and focused atmosphere that benefits both you and your fellow practitioners.

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