Clumps of hair, soiled tissues and bloody band aids

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Clumps of hair, soiled tissues and bloody band aids

We always say at our yoga studio that the first posture is getting there.

It’s not a joke. Ask anyone who’s ever had to take public transit through two feet of snow to arrive on time for the sunrise class. Showing up is practically fifty percent of the work.

But there’s another invisible posture that students often forget, myself included. We’re obligated to perform it when class is finished.

And that’s cleaning up after ourselves. Clearing the space. Wiping up the delightful sweat angel we left behind and leaving the yoga campsite better than we found it.

It’s an easy thing to forget, especially if you’re trying to get to work on time.

But as a work study volunteer (best decision I’ve made in seven years, contact us if you want to join our volunteers and get free yoga!), I have cleaned up everything from clumps of hair to soiled tissues to bloody bandaids. It’s disgusting. People treat yoga studios like cheap hotel rooms. Myself included sometimes.

And so, we once posted a sign outside the door of our studio. It reads:

The twenty seventh posture.

It asks people to be respectful of their space and clean up after themselves and wipe down their rental mat before they leave. You know, basic adult stuff.

It takes less than a minute, and saves the studio tons of time and frustration.

Proving, that if the first yoga posture is getting to the studio, the last one is leaving it better than we found it.

After all, the word posture not only means the position of the limbs and the carriage of our body, but also our mental or spiritual attitude.

Which invisible postures are part of your practice?

Scott Ginsberg is the author of 40 books, a TEDx speaker, the world record holder of wearing nametags, and the author A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat. Scott is a Community Leader at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn, where he is a daily practitioner and the Managing Editor of their award winning blog. Learn more at

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