The Official Ashtanga Excuse Book. ~ Shareen Woodford

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on May 7, 2013
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I skipped practice today because…

Page 1.             My studio got the moon day wrong. It’s actually today.

Page 2.             My tattoo’s still healing.

Page 3.             Today is my 1 percent theory day so…

Page 4.             I’m doing a juice cleanse and I have no energy. I’d probably pass out!

Page 5.             I set my alarm for p.m. instead of a.m. by mistake, it’s too late now.

Page 6.             I don’t like the assistant today, they can’t even get me into Supta Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose).

Page 7.             All of my Mysore rugs are in the wash.

Page 8.             I ate too many chapatis last night.

Page 9.             I’m out of coffee: No coffee, no prana.

Page 10.           I’m not sure if Ashtanga is the one for me. I’ll take a day off to see if I miss it.

Page 11.           It’s raining.

Page 12.           Lady’s Holiday (even if you’re a guy).

Page 13.           I have to teach an early yoga class today.

Page 14.           I’ll do it on my own later today (yeah right).

Page 15.           I’m jet lagged.

Page 16.           I have a big workshop coming up and I don’t want to get hurt.

Page 17.           I’m going to a hot power hour lunch time Vinyasa flow class today instead.

Page 18.           Mental health day.

Page 19.           My cats needed me to stay in bed with them this morning.

Page 20.           I don’t have time.

Page 21.           I think my teacher hates me!

Lets be honest:  Which ones haven’t you used?! Feel free to add more Ashtanga Excuse Pages in the comments section!


Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 10.29.49 PMShareen Woodford is a Toronto based yoga teacher and Ashtanga yogini. Check her out at




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8 Responses to “The Official Ashtanga Excuse Book. ~ Shareen Woodford”

  1. shareen woodford says:

    pg 22. I think I had some bad komucha last night. My tummy hurts!

    pg 23. I have to teach too many classes today to do my own practice. (badlady!)

  2. shareen woodford says:

    pg 24. I'm constipated this morning. I can't practice on a full colon.

  3. Mary says:

    pg. 25. I have a paper due, it's finals week and I haven't moved in 9 hours.

  4. Stella says:

    pg 26. I didn't feel 100% a day ago, so I probably won't feel good tomorrow morning.

  5. mariavlong says:

    Wow youo even added 24. I think you got everything! Excellent.

  6. Kim says:

    pg 27: sports medicine says repetition is bad for you so… maybe Yin class today? Vinyasa? Anusara? Kundalini?

  7. Danielle says:

    The coming moon is totally throwing me off.

  8. dave says:

    She just gave me THAT look…