Is the student suing yoga teacher Hilaria Baldwin, Alec Baldwin’s wife, one of those obnoxious and dogged handstand guys who just have to kick up even when the teacher tells him not to? Possibly, and yes it sounds like it, according to a witness.
As an update to the well-debated ‘student claims yoga teacher’s negligence then sues teacher for “emotional upset”‘ case involving Hilaria Baldwin, Alec Baldwin’s wife (and by association a tabloid target) a witness’s account via the NY Daily News:
Wolff smashed his leg through a window and cut it because he was trying to execute a full handstand after Thomas warned him to be more careful, witness Melissa Petitto said Monday.
“She called him out,” said Petitto, 31. “She said, ‘Spencer, just take little hops, little hops.’ ” “He didn’t listen,” Petitto recalled. “He just went all the way up . . . The next thing I heard was the window crashing.”
Wolff also blames his injuries on Jan. 15 at Yoga Vida on overcrowding, but a source said there were only 40 people in the class, and the studio holds 70.
Alec Baldwin’s tweets from February 17th seem to back this up.
So if this witness, and Alec Baldwin, are being truthful (come on yogis, for satya’s sake), then Spencer Wolff just had to kick up into handstand because he always does and why does he have to listen to this teacher anyway, she doesn’t even know his practice? If this is true, the studio wasn’t as overcrowded as we were led to believe, and Hilaria had actually asked Spence to not kick up. He does anyway and smashes into a window.
Maybe we should just enact a new yoga studio rule. Padded walls all around. No windows. No, even better, ant-gravity yoga. Not the kind with the silks hanging down like Cirque du Soleil, like actual no gravity capsules a la NASA. No, even better, plasma yoga! Yoga in a tank of plasma-ish gel that surrounds and cushions like Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts for your whole body. Maybe they can team up with Michelin for the ultimate yoga suit. Add vegan marshmallows and you got yourself a deal.
Humor and clearly brilliant product development idea aside, this is perhaps a perfect question for all the yoga teachers out there. If a student is “acting out” as it were and doing their own thing, what do you do?
By the way, it sounds like old Spencer’s case doesn’t really (hand)stand a chance. Lawyers and legal gurus feel free to chime in.
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