How Not To Behave At Yoga

So one of my favorite girls (Katie from Your Daily Dose of Awesome) recently posted a blog on yoga etiquette. I found this completely brilliant because now that every gym has yoga classes, tons of insensitive people are now regularly “doing yoga”, although ask 80% of them why and they’ll never mention the awesome emotional and spiritual benefits that actually practicing yoga will bring you. Since rejoining el Globo Gym Amanda and I have dropped in to a bunch of different classes, determined to get our money’s worth (Ask me about our Saturday dance class! Hilarious.) and last night we went to a pretty freakin awesome yoga session. Of course, a great yoga class must be balanced with a huge amount of idiocy. So tonight we’re in the middle of some floor poses a full thirty minutes into the one hour class and the door opens. WTF? Sure enough, this girl walks in pretty much in street clothes and kind of mills around by the door, stepping loudly until pretty much everyone in the room is looking at her, at which point her mom? Friend? Or someone waves at her from the middle of the front row. Really?? So Giggly Annoying Girl (heretofore known as “GAG”) giggles and rushes to the prop wall, grabs a mat, runs to the middle of the room and plops the mat down between her mom and her neighbor, and then giggles some more. Really?? You suck! So whatever, everybody seems to recover from the distraction and eventually we’re all back on track. UNTIL: Inversions!! One of my fave things to do (Thanks to a good friend of mine who is the most awesome yoga teacher I’ve EVER had!) and something I really want to get better at. Anyway, the instructor demonstrates how to do a shoulder stand, then moves on to how to do a headstand, stressing that you should only do this if you feel comfortable. So the instructor’s in a headstand and she can see GAG from where she is and GAG is prepping for a headstand and this is what happened:
INSTRUCTOR: Ok, I’m really worried about this student (meaning GAG).
GAG: No response.
INSTRUCTOR: I don’t think you’re quite ready for this. I mean – I’m not trying to be mean or anything at all but I don’t think you’re ready.
GAG: No response, and now is trying to figure out how to position herself so she won’t break her neck but she’s totally about to break her neck.
INSTRUCTOR: I really really strongly advise against you doing this one, please don’t try it, I’m not trying to be mean I’m just trying to look out for you.
GAG: Still no response, ignores Instructor, has to have the biggest headache by now because she’s pretty much repeatedly slamming her head on the floor trying to kick up into a headstand gymnastics-style.
INSTRUCTOR: (Now appealing to GAG’s mom/whatever) I don’t want her to do this, I’m not trying to be mean but I don’t think she’s ready. I’m not saying this to hurt her feelings. She’s just not ready for this one.
GAG’S MOM: (Looks at GAG, looks back at Instructor, finally kind of taps GAG and GAG kind of rolls her eyes and just sits there huffily)

Yeah, that just happened. I couldn’t freaking believe that! It might be a class at a gym that YOU pay for but the poor instructor was just trying to keep this girl safe! Good Lord. AND the class was totally disrupted again because we were all a little distracted and worried about this chick who seemed determined to F her own stuff up. People, freakin please.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lora
    Feb 12, 2009 @ 18:02:00

    oh my GOSH. Exactly why I practice yoga at a studio and not a gym. It’s bad enough when people come into the studio and “act a fool” as we say in TN :0)

    Anyway. I enjoy your blog! Thanks for visiting mine.

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