It may be because they love telling stories, or making oodles of verbal adjustments or hearing themselves speak yogic poetry, but some yoga teachers just don’t know when to shut up! At least that’s what Oregon Sports News contributor Lauren Maslen thinks and she isn’t shy to share it:
Yoga is my quiet time. Rather than laying comatose in bed with a package of Oreos and the complete series of 30 Rock on Netflix, I attend yoga class to decompress. My practice is a time for me to feel good about myself, my abilities, and to push my physical body just past the limit I usually think possible.
As both an English teacher and a devoted yoga practitioner, I find it easy to get caught up in language. My meditative asana time isn’t really set aside for me to hear your personal opinions about my ego or how I should let go of judgment, dear yoga teacher; it’s finally a time during my day when I don’t have to lend a friendly listening ear, so please, just shut up.
The writer/yogi spent time living abroad in South Korea and is trying to readjust to her mother-lovin’ chatterbox of a country.
Korean Yoga Teacher: “It is cold today.”
Me: Yes, yes it is.
American Yoga Teacher: “I was watching squirrels play this morning. Be like the squirrel! Play! Smile!”
Me: It’s hot as Hell in here and I’m sweating my face off, dude. Don’t tell me to play like a squirrel.
Are they talking too much, or just doing too much crazy talk? Surely, though, she’s not alone in this. So we thought we’d put it a poll.
Maslen also added that she may need a little “me time” when a certain song in the playlist comes on, which brings up a whole other boatload of discussions around playlists and the good, bad and ugly of music during yoga class that has been played out like a broken record, and yet is still very relevant.
So when a song comes on during class that reminds me of an ex-boyfriend, I may need to stifle the urge to punch the teacher in the face.
American yoga teachers, are you talking over the best parts of the songs?? Tsk tsk.
Guy yoga teachers this goes for you, too. And you both should seriously consider taking off your shoes.
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