Student Guide

The practice of yoga is essentially priceless, your greatest health insurance. With all respect to the mission of our Shala, we invite you as a new practitioner for a commitment of one month.

Welcome to Ashtanga

Beginning a Mysore practice?
We look forward to meeting you and celebrating new beginnings on and off the mat on your first day.

Day 1

Your first day will be Observing a Mysore class:  arrive between 530am- 6:00 am Monday thru Friday when Mysore practice is scheduled.
All business matter are taken care of before your arrival. If you need to order a yoga mat, please let me know. I order mats per case of 6.   Yoga mat is $100.00 no shipping, delivery or tax. I can email or text you the color if you have a preference in color. We highly recommend investing in your own practice mat that is sturdy, slip free, long lasting and durable, also its eco preventing you from many germs and infections.
Please enter the shala studio Quietly, introduce yourself to teacher , and then observe for 30 minutes to become familiar with the Mysore practice.

Day 2

Your next day when you return , if you are a beginner with no experience to Ashtanga mysore practice arrive at the studio between 530am to 6:00 am ready to practice for a full 45 minutes to one hour until informed your ready to confidently and independently flow what you can remember. But don’t stress, we are there to help you when you forget. Be joyful, relax at your practice. If you have an established or previous experience and refreshing back to your practice please arrive between 5:30 am – 6:00am to allow a full practice before closing. We will assess your practice and needs and begin there.


Our Shala practices the traditional teachings therefore when Christina is away, our teacher assistant, Apolo, will guide, assists, adjust, modify practice where it is safely needed. There are occasions, teacher apprenticeship will be at the shala for their hands on practicum hours, please know all that all assists, adjusts given at the shala are only from experienced and qualified readiness from our apprentices.


All practitioners new and established are to respect the teachings of the teacher and teacher assistant and apprentices at the Shala.
Arrive on an empty stomach, free from food and drinks. A nice shower if you need to wake yourself up. Wear comfortable clothing as You will individually be instructed the beginning of the Primary Series on the Mat. The room will be cozy for our bones, joints to move at 75 to 85 degrees. Prepare to produce sweat as this is important for purification and cleansing of toxins from our bodies. At the end of your practice, you will be sent home with resource sheets to study and go over for review.
We will review each practice with the same sequence until proficient to your mind and body.


All practitioners are asked to devote to their practice. Minimum one month , no drops in , commitment minimum 2-3 days consistent regular weekly practice at the shala.  Traditionally yoga is practiced daily, 5-6 days a week except moon days. We offer practice Sunday thru Friday, you can set your own realistic schedule between 5:30 am 600 am to arrive and take practice. There is a half series on Tues/Thurs 745am if you choose to arrive later.

Led Practice

Tuesday 600am, Sunday 645am we all practice together,Led Full Primary series, please be prompt, this is a guided practice by the teacher, where everyone moves postures and breath called out and led by the teacher.  Each consecutive day of instruction will build on the previous day with a focus on deepening and perfecting the point of focus (drishti) and the breath that is part of each pose (asana). Individual guidance and modifications from teacher and assistant creates a sangha, community, a growing relationship between student, teacher and the practice.

Tuesday 745am, Thursday 745am Led Half Series, please be prompt. 

Thursday  600am Led Intermediate Series, not for beginners.



  • What to bring: Bring your yoga mat, a sweat towel, open mind, and joyful excited heart
  • Try to hydrate the night before, empty your bowel if needed.
  • Rest well the night before.
  • Once your practice is well-established and you feel comfortable enough to practice Mysore as early as 5:30 am you will feel energized and add more to your day.
  • Daily practice 5-6 days a week required.

Rest and Moon Days

On the days of full or new moons and we are closed each Saturday. See the Moon Days calendar online or sheet given to you on your first visit.

Questions Contact and Policy

Additional questions about Mysore? Contact Christina or Apolo at Register online with Mind Body online : studio name: Shala Santosha Yoga

  • Venmo:
    All dues are due monthly on the 1st of each month . If you are on vacation, please remind yourself to process either online with mind body or venmo. If you are terminating your commitment before the month, All dues are also non refundable,non exchangeable, non transferable this is to honor you to commit and take care of yourself first without placing distractions,interruptions and gaps and barriers to your health and wellness . If you are terminating your practice from the shala, please email and notify 14 days to one month notice. We much Appreciate the time remaining we can spend preparing you for your next journey with another teacher or relocation. One of the greatest health insurance investment to yourself is a longevity of healthy mind and body. This is our Good faith relationship to motivate, encourage and support your journey consistently as an advocate and role model for your health and wellness.

Thank You

Om Shanti
Christina Martini
Founder, Owner, Director Ashtanga Shala Santosha Yoga San Francisco
714 488 0623