One of the best things about having family around during the holidays is that I get to have live in babysitters for a month. So I took advantage and was able to go take other teacher’s classes. It’s rare that I go to classes because not only am I a needy yogini who often feels unsatisfied from other teacher’s classes, but many teachers teach at the same time I do, or my schedule simply doesn’t allow for me to take class. Almost two weeks into taking other classes, I’m ready to come back to my home practice and reflect on how I am as a teacher.
Some annoying things yoga teachers do:
1. Wear perfume or some other scent.
2. Stay on their mat the whole class and get their own practice in.
3. Do #2 and continue to say “beautiful” every other pose. How did you see me do a beautiful pose when you are on your mat with your eyes closed?
4. Chew gum.
5. End class late… meaning more than 5 minutes past.
6. Bad sequencing. Did you really practice to your planned sequence? I doubt it felt good in your body. In fact, throw your plan out the door cause if you were paying attention, you’d notice that it wasn’t working to begin with.
7. Speaking of #6, how many times do you practice? Teaching so many classes is not an excuse to not practice. In fact, you should practice at the very minimum the same number of classes you teach if not more. If not, don’t preach to students.
8. Don’t be afraid to give another teacher an assist. In fact, give a fellow teacher a yummy assist… we all know it feels good. Assists should not be reserved for those who are completely out of alignment or just for your favorite students.
9. Continue to say “do what feels right/good for you” without giving me any options to begin with. I don’t know how to do this yoga thing and I came to class to get your guidance. Give me some options so I can decide what feels good.
10. Speak in a horrible “yoga teacher voice.” You know what this is… that sexy, zen like, trying to be calm voice. I’d rather hear finger nails on a chalk board.
I am not listing these things out to poke fun at other teachers or criticize how they choose to present themselves, but it got me thinking about my own teaching style… or rather my way of being. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we do (whether that’s teaching yoga or performing any other task) that we don’t see how we affect others around us. Heck! I’ve been guilty of some of these so this was a gentle reminder for me to reflect on how I communicate (verbal and non verbal) with others thru my teaching. I think we could all take a long stare into a full length mirror every now and then.
What annoying things does your yoga teacher say or do? P.S. I need to know so I don’t do it LOL