I want to remind each and every one of you to please beware of EGO driven yoga teachers. As with every profession, when someone gets very good at something, it tends to put the EGO in the driver’s seat and the person stops acting from pure intention and begins living to feed his or her EGO.
Earlier this week I visited a yoga studio and while the yoga practice was a good one, the teacher never asked anyone in the class if they had injuries, nor did the teacher offer any modifications for any of the poses. I have been living with a painful injury in my hip and I had to modify for most of the class. Fortunately, I know how to modify yoga poses, and I was even finding myself in pain at times in the class, just trying to do what the teacher was instructing. I worry about people who are living with injuries- coming to a yoga class like this one– and getting injured further.
Please remember that your body is your guide. At All times in yoga class you should default to what your body is telling you, and not to what the yoga teacher is suggesting, instructing, or at some instances BARKING at you.
I’ve gone to yoga classes before where a teacher constantly corrected me on my arm position in downward dog. When I told the teacher (a nationally recognized yoga teacher) that it pinched my shoulders to do it her way, she said, “well, there is something wrong with your shoulders then”. Um, yeah, there is something wrong with my shoulders… they don’t want to be pinched in downward dog.
I’ve been adjusted by yoga teachers who don’t even listen to the student’s breath as they are doing the adjusting… someone twisted my arms in downward dog (man I must have a terrible downward dog!) and I was hurt for 6 months from a blown out shoulder– just from one oblivious yoga teacher who cared more about how they are conducting the class, than how the student is feeling.
After going to this yoga studio the other day, it left a bad taste in my mouth and made me realize that as with everything, we must let our intuition and our common sense be our guide. It is easy sometimes to let our own Ego get in the way and try to do something in yoga class that we know our bodies are not ready to do. But please don’t ever feel like the Yoga Teacher has the last word. They should be there to guide you and protect you and help you Practice Yoga, and if they aren’t doing that– find another yoga studio.