These Are 10 Things Your Teacher Wants You To Know Before Your Next Yoga Class
1) It doesn’t matter to us whether you can do a split or barely touch your toes- we just want you showing up! Flexibility is not a prerequisite for attending yoga class. In fact, it is simply a byproduct of a regular practice. So, please don’t let a few fancy photos on Instagram fool you. Yoga is for every body.
2) With that said, you don’t have to practice everyday to be a “good” yoga student. If getting into a class once a week or once a month is all you can manage, then, by all means, do what you can. The yoga will always be there when you need it.
3) Despite what you may think, we’re not chanting “Om (AUM)” just to make you feel uncomfortable. In fact, there’s actually an important reason behind why we do it. As described by writer Yelena Moroz Alpert for Yoga Journal, “As we exhale the A-U-M, its vibration links us to the original source of creation. When done properly, the sound reverberates from the pelvic floor upward through the crown of the head, filling the body with pulsating energy that simultaneously empowers and radiates tranquility.” If chanting isn’t quite your thing, no worries. Simply listening to the vibration of Om (AUM) can leave you with all the same benefits as chanting.
4) There’s a strong chance that at least one if not many of the teachers you have met came to yoga for the same reasons as you. Whether it’s panic, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia or recovery from injury, we are all students moving through the human experience together, and believe me when I tell you, we all have our shit. So please, don’t be ashamed of yours.
5) Yes we know life can be busy, but please please do not leave before Savasana. If you are of the opinion that corpse pose is wasted moments from your day, let me explain. Aside from providing your body with the time it needs to truly absorb the benefits of your physical practice, Savasana also gives you the opportunity to let go of whatever is happening in your life and to melt back into yourself, even if only for a few minutes. Sure it may feel strange at first, but I urge you to hang in anyway. After all, if you really want to revisit those pesky thoughts, worries and stressors, they will be there after it’s over.
6) If I am not giving you the Sanskirt name of a pose, there’s a chance that I have forgotten how to say it -Sorry, I’m human!
7) Adjusting your alignment does not mean your teacher is hitting on you, or that they think you “don’t know what you’re doing.” It simply means they are trying to help you get the most out of the pose.
8) Certain poses are not for everyone. You know your body, if something doesn’t feel right, heed that warning mindfully, and of course, let us know. We’d much rather give you a different variation than compromise your health.
9) With that said, if something simply feels “different” or outside of your comfort zone, please give us a chance to expand your experience. Change often leads to growth, and that’s a really positive thing.
10) Yoga allows us to show up for ourselves no matter where we are in our journey. Be proud of the fact that you’re doing the work, and if only for a breath, smile a cheesy ass smile like no one is watching.
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