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Introducing The Yogacist: How’s YOUR Yoga Etiquette?

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yogacist-logoDoes this sound familiar?

You’re late for yoga, the teacher’s already shut the door and denies your entry. Drat! You paid for class. Should you enter anyway?

Or maybe…

Sweaty McSteamybod has removed his shirt and is dripping all over your mat during class. Do you confront his royal perspireness?

If situations like this have you scratching your third eye or shaking a mighty mudra to the sky in frustration worry no more! Ask The Yogacist!

Introducing the YogaDork’s answer to the world’s most popular syndicated column Dear Abby crossed with a dash of the New York Times’ The Ethicist. While we’re not quite at 110 million readers and haven’t won any Emmys, we’re pretty confident we can assist in the sattva-fication of your daily yoga dilemmas (or at the very least make you smile).

Whether you’re a student, a teacher, a concerned relative, we’ll answer your deepest darkest questions like ‘what’s the proper protocol for asking out the cute yogi who keeps eyeing my bakasana?’

The Yogacist will be a recurring weekly column featured every Tuesday on YogaDork.com – to entertain, to educate, to let you know you’re not alone!

Now taking your questions, queries, and quandaries! Just email us at –  yogacist@yogadork.com

Ground rules

Well there really aren’t any rules per se, just keep it yoga related! And be aware we have the right to dismiss any questions crossing the line of abusive or overly offensive. So, ah, ask away!

12 comments… add one
  • What a great idea!

    First question. At the Yoga Conference in Lake Geneva, a famous Yoga teacher kept trying to push my limbs beyond where they could go. It was actually hurting me.

    How should I have handled this?

    Bob Weisenberg

  • Do people actually sweat all over other people’s mats? Ewww. Then, that’s what you get for going to Bikram, never mind the fact you’re lining the already well lined pockets of the man himself!

    But yeah, cool idea for a column…

  • Dear Yogacist,

    Sounds like a great idea for a column! I look forward to reading.

    I just wanted to take a moment to reply to Svasti’s comment. I agree that sweating on other people is gross, but it happens, get over it.

    Never mind the “fact” that you have no idea what you’re talking about. When a student pays for a Bikram class, the money goes directly to the studio. Bikram does not see a penny.

  • Hey Steve,

    Maybe you should read more Yoga Dork posts, where we learn that Bikram does indeed profit from any school teaching Bikram yoga. Its kinda fact, like reported fact and all. And not just here on YD.

    So, seems I might actually have some idea what I’m talking about.

    And mebbe perhaps you can do a little ‘getting over it’ yourself?


  • Dear Svasti,

    I was at a meeting with Bikram last week where I learned with 100% certainty that Bikram DOES NOT make money from studios that use his name. It’s kinda fact? But not actually fact.

    If you’re getting your facts online and not the man himself, perhaps you should think about your sources before you start typing.

  • Dear Yogacist,

    Why can’t all the yogis get along?


  • oh, honey….this just SCREAMS for MY yoga advice column!!!!

  • Dear Yogacist:

    Since taking Dahn yoga classes I have been experiences messages from Ilchi Lee coming from the filings in my teeth. Is this normal for yoga or should I see a dentist?

    Please Turn It Off

  • i love this idea! if it’s even half as fun as this comment thread, we’re going to be in for an interesting ride…

  • Dear YogaDork.

    I entered a question two days ago and as yet have no reply. What if this had been something life-threatening?

    When do we get our answers?

    Bob Weisenberg

  • Rock My Soles

    Bob take two aspirin and call me next week.
    I think I’ll hold back for a while on my deep burning questions for Yogadork about pigeon and long shorts.

  • I insist on hearing directly from Abby. I could be dying here!


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