With breakfast in hand this morning, I started surfing a few web sites. One was for the yoga studio I attended on Tuesday. They have an Etiquette page listing all the Dos and Do Nots of attending sessions. One of the Dos struck me as funny... not to mention, odd.
"DO bring your own mat and a towel if you sweat a lot, and arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others. "
What do you see here?
Because of the bolded words at the head of the line, which were a graphic enhancement on the page, I read it as,
"DO bring your own mat and a towel - if you sweat a lot, and arrive clean and free of scents, that might distract or offend others."
"We encourage you to bring your own mat and towel. This will annoy your neighbour, and we think that is good." OR "By arriving clean and free of scents, that will distract others because normally everyone smells."
Perhaps this might be better:
"DO bring your own mat and a towel if you sweat a lot. Arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others."
This minor oversight could not, however detract from the final Do Not on the Etiquette page:
DO NOT push your practice. Instead of trying to go as deeply or completely into a pose as others might be able to do, do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. You'll go farther faster if you take a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.
Words to live by, not only at the yoga studio.