We thought the height of the yoga boom happened when yoga made it to the cover of Time Magazine on April 23, 2001.
Well, here we are in 2007 and Business Week has published an article, not just on yoga, but on Ashtanga and Mysore! The article is listed under, of all things, a section of the magazine called Executive Life.
Published in the January 29, 2007 issue, Business Week‘s Pilgrimage to the Heart of Yoga describes practicing at AYRI, mentions some of the famous Ashtangis who’ve visited and gives recommendations for hotels, restaurants and attractions. Plus, the article quotes non-celebrity (yet?) Ashtangis, Russell of mysore musings…
Russell Smith, a New York entertainment lawyer, says part of the attraction of Ashtanga yoga is the physical rigor. When he first took classes in New York, “I couldn’t do any of the poses, and I felt awful,” he recalls. “Even so, I was on a cloud. The class really opened me upâ€”the combination of movement and breathing was amazing. I’m hooked.” Since 2004, Smith has spent at least three months a year studying in Mysore.
…and local Ashtangi, Marcus Fontoura. (Thanks for the tip, Marcus.)
Classes start at 5 a.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m., after which many students adjourn to nearby cafÃ©s. Whatever they order must be vegetarian. Alcohol, too, is off-limits. The strict regimen doesn’t seem to be a problem for the students, according to Marcus Fontoura, a senior research scientist at Yahoo! Research in Sunnyvale, Calif., who is on his first pilgrimage to Mysore. â€œI practice at 5 a.m. in California, too. I’m used to it. Everyone is.â€
The best part is the slide show with some great photos and information.
The best times to visit are winter, fall, andâ€”if you don’t mind the monsoonsâ€”summer. The Institute is closed in April and May because it’s just too hot, even for those who seek to transcend the physical.
So, what now, corporate retreats at AYRI?
today a tv crew came and filmed mysore class. they will show an 8 minute segment saturday night about yoga for businessmen-the early morning wake up.