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Yoga Teacher Tips: How to Discuss Yoga With People Who Have Had a Negative Yoga Experience

Yoga Teacher Tips: How to Discuss Yoga With People Who Have Had a Negative Yoga Experience
My daughter is a college student.  She has been in and out of yoga classes her entire life, not only mine but also other instructors who taught at my studio.  She has attended yoga classes with me at other studios and she understands very well that yoga teachers and their offerings vary greatly.

Last night, she called me to tell me that she and a few friends went to take a "gentle flow" class on campus.  When the class began, the instructor casually asked if anyone had anything specific they wanted to work on.  Nobody commented and the instructor took them through fifteen sun salutations and peaked with an arm balance.  While my daughter did not mind the vigorous flow, it was her friend's first yoga class.  Her friend left feeling disappointed, discouraged and insufficient.



As a yoga teacher, this is not the way we want people to feel when they leave our yoga class.  The experienc…

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