Yoga Chickie runs into a Bikram Yoga Teacher who refuses to let her leave the hot yoga practise room which brought back memories.
“Go back to your mat RIGHT NOW. There is no leaving the room during my class.”
- Scary-Ass Bikram Teacher to Yoga Chickie
“Sorry, but I don’t want to die in your class.”
- Yoga Chickie to Scary-Ass Bikram Teacher
I have had a teacher (Loressa) at the local Bellevue Hot Bikram Yoga who in my opinion has been equally juvenile to the point that I skip classes when she is taking. Here are a few examples.
-She does not want you to wipe sweat from your face or body. This in a room where the typical temparature is 110 F. Reasoning being it will come back.
-I do wipe as I do not want to risk eye damage with sweat. Last time, she physically took away my towel and throws it to the other side of the mat. I am just short of asking her, “what is the matter with you?”
-To make matters worse, she has stories to tell on acceptance and patience.
-And after this, I am not much peaceful anymore.
I found this to be rude, it reminds me of some old martial arts movie (36th chamber of shaolin comes to mind) and so against the typical Yoga approach of giving space and presenting a path. But then she has age on her side(22 or so, I would guess) and might learn someday. Someday I might like to handle such incidents with grace.
A fair disclaimer: I love Hot Yoga (See Introduction to Hot Bikram Yoga and Review of Bellevue Hot Bikram Yoga) and go there once a week. There are many great teachers at the Bellevue, WA Bikram Hot Yoga Center. Tracy who takes classes on Wed evenings and Elliot on Thu & Fri evenings. They will just mention the water breaks, but you can have water as you need with no comments, they will verbally show how to go deeper, but back off if you just suggest so and overall exude good energy.
Note: Bellevue Hot Yoga website schedule does not show teachers, so it is a challenge to know when the good teachers have their classes, just ask when you are there and the current teacher will tell you.
But I agree with Yoga Chickie’s emotions, instead of 90 minutes of exercise and being aware of one’s body, one gets to deal with immature people’s idea of what one can and cannot do in ‘their’ Yoga class and the distraction typically stays beyond the class.
Here’s to appreciating good teachers and remembering how rare they are!