Saturday, July 01, 2006


“Put inside.”
Your mat bag belongs in the changing room, not next to your mat.

“Take your toe.”
You must grab your big toe in triangle pose, regardless of alignment.

“Don’t dance.”
The student should not lose their balance and jump around in Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana (a standing one-leg balance).

“Don’t break window.”
The student should not lose their balance and put their hand or foot through the window in Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana.

"Don't leave your leg."

A. Your hand should not let go of the foot that's on the thigh in Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana (a standing half-lotus balance) until the final exhale.

B. You should not let the leg drop to the floor in Supta Padangustasana (hard to explain) until the final exhale.

“Don’t change your leg.”
You should not widen your stance when moving from Warrior I (forward lunge) to Warrior II (side lunge).

“Don’t touch”
Your knees should not touch your elbows when moving from Utkatasana (standing zigzag pose) to Caturanga Dandasana (pushup pose) – ie, don’t do Bakasana but, rather, a half-handstand.

“Loose your feet”
Your feet should be together (ie, closed) in poses such as Pachimottanasana (sitting forward bend) and Karna Pidasana (ear squeeze pose).

Pull the legs through the arms and directly back into Caturanga Dandasana (pushup pose), without touching the floor..

“Don’t let knees touch.”
The knees should stay off the floor when moving from Chakrasana (a backwards somersault) to Caturanga Dandasana (pushup pose).

“Don’t move your head.”
The head should remain static when going from Matsyasana (a lotus backbend) to Uttana Paddasana (same pose with straight arms and legs).

"You have insurance?"
We're not responsible for any injury that may befall nearby students when Caca tries to stand up from backbend.

"Take back your hands."
Drop back from standing into backbend.

"Move back! Move back!"
Move foward on your mat so we can cover your sweaty body and give you a foward bend adjustment.

“Take up!”
If you come down early from backbend or headstand or the final interminable lotus arm balance, you must act like you’re trying to lift up or the count will slow down and the rest of the class will suffer (and no one will talk to you at breakfast).

“Thankyouverymuch. You go home take rest.”
Savasana is over. Give your respects to Guruji and get out of here.


  1. A money counting machine!

    The horror!

  2. Bikram Choudhury BUSTED.

    L.A. yoga guru accused of running illegal studio.

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors charged "hot yoga" guru Bikram Choudhury with operating a yoga studio without a permit and other violations that could land the controversial instructor in jail.

    Choudhury, his landlord American Sunroof Corp. and company president Christian Prechter were each charged on Thursday with 10 criminal counts including operating without a certificate, overcrowding the yoga studio and not maintaining emergency exits. Each faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail for each count, and/or a $1,000 fine.

    The yoga master's attorney, Victor Sherman, called the charges little more than a publicity stunt.

    "Who holds a press conference to announce fire code violations? It is just because of his name. If there is a violation we will take care of it," he said.

    Choudhury, dubbed "Yoga's Bad Boy" in industry media, is known to teach yoga in sweltering, 105-degree Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) heat. He believes the practice results in better health.

    The yoga instructor, known for his brash style and aggressive business tactics, told CBS News in a past interview that his clientele included Michael Jackson, Madonna, Brooke Shields and even the late president Richard Nixon.

    Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo claims Bikram's Yoga College of India in Los Angeles has never been issued an operating permit. The building and owner also have been cited several times for fire and building code violations.

    The studio was locked down in April after city fire officials inspected it and found it overcrowded, violating safety codes and lacking emergency facilities.

    A disgruntled Choudhury told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that he had "had it" with Los Angeles and was moving his headquarters to Honolulu. Choudhury, 60, was born in Calcutta, India, and came to the United States in 1971.

    In hoping to stop others from teaching his methods with his authorization, the yoga master argued in federal court last year that the sequence of 26 postures, breathing techniques and dialogues he taught was unique and he claimed copyright over it. The lawsuit was dismissed when the parties reached an agreement.

  3. You forgot;
    "no spying" The student should not break dristi

    "leave your leg" (follows quite logically from "dont' leave your leg") meaning the student should now allow the leg to descend to the floor in either UHP or SP

    and something in garba p that I can't remember

    home now.. :( :)
    Mysore.... I remember it well