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Live from Mysore – Bloggers

Eat, breathe, do yoga



Patrick Nolan Yoga



The Yoga Way






A fire within


New Ashtanga Flick: Mysore Magic Film

MYSORE MAGIC:  Yoga at the Source
Summary: Magic happens at the source of Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India. Thousands from across the planet journey here to deepen their practice. Hear what they say, and enjoy an insider’s view into the Mysore experience.

*A portion of the proceeds from this film go to the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Charitable Fund.
22 minutes.
$4.99 stream rental.  $9.99 download purchase.


Ashtanga online, on the shelves, and on your iblank

Vote Ashtanga at the Yoga Journal Talent Search and practice along with the New York Jois Yoga attendees at the April 2011 tour streaming “live”.










Sharath in New York and Encinitas

{UPDATED 2/5/11}

2011 Ashtanga Yoga Calendar

The gift that keeps on giving.

More info here

2011 Ashtanga Yoga Calendar from the Ashtanga Yoga Center.  Photos by Michelle Haymoz.

Proceeds benefit an AYC teacher pay for medical and living expenses

How to order
$18 cash or check to Rich McGowan (see above link)
Discount for bulk orders


Beginner’s Guide to Mysore

Signifying Nothing’s tips on how to attract women in Mysore class.




Obligatory moment of contrition:

This indefensibly misguided post was written after five shots of whiskey compounded by the nettling thought that I’ve now done yoga for over three years without getting one date from a yoga class.  This despite an average 10:1 female:male ratio suggests that….

A.) Yoga class is the worst possible place to pick up women.

(By contrast: Signifying Nothing‘s top 5 easiest places to pick up women:
5. School
4. Amsterdam, three a.m., most major holidays save Easter
3. the Zoo
2. Small meteor hurtling towards Earth containing me and a woman
(Like, really small.)
1. Prison

B.) It is time I start on the first of the eight limbs of yoga, Yama (universal morality).

I’ll start tomorrow.

(I was lying about the whiskey. I think of this stuff sober. Sorry mom. Lies: one more moral issue to tackle tomorrow..)

Beginner’s Guide to Mysore Yoga, Part 4:

Nymph: def. (from the Merriam-Webster dictionary), any of the minor divinities of nature in classical mythology represented as beautiful maidens dwelling in the mountains, forests, trees, and waters.

Yoga nymph: def. (from Signifying Nothing), any of the minor divinities of nature in modern urban settings represented as beautiful maidens dwelling in yoga studios.   Synonyms: yogini, Tinkerbell.

Tips on getting the yoga nymphs to alight near you:

1.  Shower before class.  Essential, but by no means the most important tip.  Ask Carl.

2.  Brush your teeth, and avoid using Listerine.  Listerine is easily detected on the breath, and it smells weird.  The Tinkerbells will immediately pick it up and wonder what you were trying to wash away, their first assumption being that you just came from a late night skuzzy porn shoot in your mom’s garage.  As exhilarating as that may sound to you, they won’t be into it, especially at 6:30am while trying to locate God.

3.  Don’t lose your balance and fall on her.  Yoga nymphs startle easily.

4.  Keep your focus on yourself.  No wandering eyes, no matter how amazing their bodies are or the insanely hot pose they are doing.  No one is here to get picked up, except for you, and that is just too bad.  The Tinkerbells don’t give a sneeze of pixie dust about you, how hard you think the pose is you are doing, or what your practice looks like, so long as you stay reasonably on your mat and don’t make a lot of noise or flail about.

5.  Don’t flail about.  Some poses will hurt; others are incredibly awkward; still others may seem pleasant and easy until you discover what you were doing wrong (in the form of an aggressive adjustment by your teacher).  Do your best, with the best intentions; breathe into discomfort; and don’t bring attention to yourself by wincing, grunting, snorting, rolling your eyes, laughing, or screaming.  Lying on your back crying softly to yourself is acceptable.  Or seems to be.  No one has said anything yet.

6.  Be humble.  You suck at yoga, and she doesn’t care.  What does this mean for you?  There is no way in hell you are taking her home.  If you signed up for monthly unlimited classes in hopes of it being a clever dating forum in which to show off your handsome shoulders and shapely chest, you are wasting a lot of money.  The best you can ever hope for is that the nymph practicing next to you touches your hand every so often with some impossible part of her body as she flies through a Tinkerbell pose.


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New Mysore Blog

Bloggers currently blogging from Mysore, India:

Martina 2011

Yoga by Emma

Jill Manning

Dorion Davis

Jen Goes to India
David Robson:  Toronto Body Mind

Miss Stan

The Unruly Ascetic

Kino MacGregor

Puro Yoga

Open Your Feet

We Blog the World

Inside Owl

David Garrigues

Jenny in India

My Yoga Journey

Realizing Mysore

Ashtanga Journal

India Outside my Window

Bite Size Yoga

Unfold Your Own Myth

LI Ash Goes to Mysore

Skippetty Street

Earth Yogi

Peace Love Yoga

From the Heart of Me

Tanja Bungardt

Lou Lou Loves Books

Cranky Goes to Mysore


New KPJAYI Website

The KPJAYI website has a new look, updates, and new online registration.  Check it out!


While you’re at it, Sharath’s 2011 Euro Tour has been announced and students made into the Mysore news.

Sharath 2011 European Dates via Facebook


Sunday, September 4, 2011 – Sunday, September 11, 2011 (via facebook)
Ashtanga Yoga Copengahgen


August/September dates tba (via homepage)
Ashtanga Yoga School Helsinki


August/September dates tba (via Helsinki/Copenhagen)
Ashtanga Yoga London


Sunday, September 11 – Friday, September 16
(via Milano Ashtanga Yoga)

More Yoga TV

Mark and Joanne Darby on DK news.

click to view at politiken.dk

Ashtanga Trivia: what was Darby before yoga/India?
-A Catholic
-A Professional Dancer
-A Kindergarden Teacher