You are welcome at the Ashtanga Yoga Center Odessa. Please respect the student-teacher relationship and follow any request from your teacher.

On your first day of practice at AYCO please practice the primary series.

Please respect and follow the traditional Ashtanga method as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and AYCO. 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. If you do not know the sequence or if following the traditional method is not possible for you, talk to your teacher.

Please stay on your own mat and refrain from assisting other practitioners.

Please turn off your mobile phone.

Respect your limits. Acknowledge that your body and mind will feel different every day; listen to what your body tells you and practice in your own time following your own breath.

Practice with care and consideration towards yourself and others.

Please refrain from unnecessary talking.

Refrain from eating at least 2 hours prior to and 30 minutes after your practice. Drink plenty of water after your practice.

Please do not wear any perfume, cologne, after shave, essential oils, or scented antiperspirant, shampoos, or conditioners. Just like natural body odors, these artificial odors will be intensified by the heat of the practice. Some students who come to the studio are very sensitive to chemicals. Please help them:) This includes all “natural” or “organic” scents as well.

Make sure that your body, your clothes and your mat are clean and odor free. It is traditional to bathe before and after class.

Roll out your mat in line with the others in the room, and square to the room shape. This not only looks neater, it will help you and those around you stay balanced as you practice.

If someone else is looking for space for their mat, and you have some, offer it. People are shy about asking. And if you must walk about during class, please do not step on other people’s mats.