Fun article in the New York Times today (that also quotes the fabulous and funny Yoga Dork) on pet peeves in the yoga studios. [An article in FitSugar is also cited in the NYT but not linked, so if you’re interested, here’s the direct link.]
The article poses the question: is there such a thing as yoga studio etiquette? What are the common mishaps and pet peeves that yank both students and teachers right out of their flow?
Because I can’t resist adding fuel to this particular fire, here are my:
TOP FIVE PET PEEVES ABOUT YOGA
1) Late arrivals
Nothing is more distracting or more off-putting than late arrivals. I’m not talking a few minutes late, but those annoying people who come into class 10 – 15 minutes after the warm up! Not only is it distracting to the teacher and the students, but it’s just downright unsafe.
Roll out your mat softly. This isn’t a high school boys locker room.
3) Gross feet
You don’t need to spend big bucks at a salon getting a weekly pedicure, but for the love of all that is clean and holy PLEASE wash your feet, cut your toenails, and if you have yucky dry callus, buff ’em off. A pedicure stone can be bought at any drug store for a couple bucks.
4) Poor/Boring Sequencing
This one’s specifically from a student perspective but boring or disjointed sequencing is a big pet peeve. It shows lack of creativity on the teachers part as well as being a sure-fire way to kill any positive energy built up inside or in the studio. [This is also the reason I don’t do Bikram yoga. Only 26 poses? All the same? All the time? No thanks!]
This one is more teacher-specific, but it really gets to me when I see students pushing themselves way beyond their limits. The struggling, grunting, panting and straight up UNSAFE places they go are distracting to me as a teacher. There’s a place in yoga for challenge, but not listening to the physical cues I’m giving or listening to the modifications, or even continuing the unsafe posture after I come over and physically assist/show a safer way is just plain stupid.
OK students and teachers? What are YOUR biggest pet peeves? And yes, this is all in the spirit of letting go of attachment and coming into a place of non-judgment ::wink::