There is a plethora of articles on what makes a good yoga teacher but the reality is it’s not just the instructor that can be bad. YOU could be a yoga teacher’s worst nightmare.
You come in late. You noisily roll out your mat. Your audible sigh practically echoes in the room. You showboat during class. You don’t listen to any coaching and worse yet you stoically stare at the teacher the entire session without cracking a smile.
So let’s talk about it… HOW TO BE A GOOD STUDENT:
- Lay off the perfume but definitely layer on the deodorant.
- Walk in with an open mind that is ready to focus and work.
- Do I really need to tell you to silence your phone? Okay, well, SILENCE YOUR PHONE!
- Let the teacher know if you are new to the class, injured or recovering from an injury.
- Do your best to follow instructions and ask questions, if appropriate.
- Try not to move ahead of the teacher. Poses are held for a reason and no one likes a show-off.
- If the teacher says something funny, go ahead and laugh. It’s okay.
- Respect your fellow students – don’t lay your mat too closely to someone or block her view of the teacher.
- If you’re late to class or have to leave early, be as quiet as possible so as not to disrupt others.
- Provide feedback. (Really! We’d love to know how we could improve!)
Teachers are fueled by the energy from students. So any positive energy you can share not only improves your experience but helps the class as a whole. Remember, we are still human beings who want to make sure you’re also enjoying yourself so give us a break and smile back. It won’t kill you.
Your teacher is giving you everything he’s got. Are you giving back?