Teaching yoga is one of my greatest passions. I am grateful for the energy shared between students and teacher, humbled to be able to help others, and blessed that I get to do what I love every day.
But sometimes, I see some things in my classes that make me need a yoga class. No matter how many deep, cleansing breaths your teacher takes, here’s my top 5 list of things that make your teacher crazy.
1. The buzzing cell phone. Take my word for it; I get it. Sometimes, we all forget to turn off our phones or silence them completely. Perhaps I, as a teacher, can take some blame for this one for not reminding you to double-check your cell phone. But to that extent, I, as a student, turn my phone completely off before I even open the door.
And, by the way, “vibrate” is not the same as “silent.” #nuffsaid
When you come to the mat, you give yourself an opportunity to be present and not let the mind and the thoughts become affected by something that may be going on elsewhere. When you take a peek at your phone, you disturb your own healing and disturb your own energy level. If these reasons aren’t important to you, imagine how the others in the room feel. Your fellow students who have come to unplug and detach are now distracted and disturbed, be it from your typing or from the mere light shining from your screen, while your teacher feels greatly disrespected.
breath is getting short and choppy, find a better position for you. If something is causing you pain, release the pose. If you feel like you need to laugh, cry, or just take a break, go for it. Come to the mat for you.
Respect your teacher, share positivity with members of your community, and honor yourself! Is there something I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!