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    I was the teacher...
    I just wish she told me why she was correcting me. How can I change something if I don't know what to change. She sort of put her hands on me and flattened my back, but in actuality, I was giving myself a momentary stretch up. I can hold a plank for a minute, bt I was so sore from other stuff, I may have been taking a little teeny break. I think it comes down to the fact that I don't like being touched by strangers, and a verbal cue would probably work much better. Or, a verbal warning, followed by the hands on correction. Obviously, I am not looking around during class, and when she touched me, it scared the sh!t out of me, as I didn't even know she was near me! Perhaps there is a difference in the way yoga instrucors are taught, compared to group exercise instructors. When you think about it, touching someone in this situation could be very upsetting to some. I just don't like it. This doesn't mean I won't go back or anything, and I generally am a stickler for form in anything I do, but it felt off-putting. She also had that "yoga voice." It kind of bugs me, which I know is immature, but really, why do all instructors have to sound the same? That's the kind of stuff that keeps people away. I use several pre-recorded meditations or visualizations with my clients, and I always joke about the therapist voice. It's about the same as the yoga voice. When I guide them through these things, I am speaking more quietly than usual, but I work hard to still sound like myself.
    This might seem silly, but stuff like this really seems to affect me.
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    I've been working out with my personal trainer for 18 years, we've gone to happy hours and concerts together and the first long bike ride I did was with him, and he still doesn't touch me to correct something without saying something first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollgirl View Post
    Our instructors never ask before they correct or add to a pose, and I am always welcome to them doing it. To me it is not "being corrected", it is enhancing and furthering the pose.

    Emily don't look at it as a negative thing. When you were a teacher, did you help your students? Of course you did.
    I've never been a teacher (well, maybe a couple of lunch-n-learns at work, and some mentoring and training, and the principle is the same), but I totally agree...I should not even think of my yoga instructor's hands-on as being correction but an enhancement. I do try to think that way, but this is something we perfectionists struggle with...we think we should be perfect. LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by emily_in_nc View Post
    I've never been a teacher (well, maybe a couple of lunch-n-learns at work, and some mentoring and training, and the principle is the same), but I totally agree...I should not even think of my yoga instructor's hands-on as being correction but an enhancement. I do try to think that way, but this is something we perfectionists struggle with...we think we should be perfect. LOL!
    Now why did I think you were a teacher? hmmm...

    I get why people would be uncomfortable with it. I HATE strangers touching me. I guess my teachers do not fall into that category. Normally if there is someone new in class our instructors have a private chat with them before we start, so maybe they get it sorted out then? Sometimes we partner up and spot each other in class too, so I guess most of us are ok with it?

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    I am not sure why some of these things bother me. I love the physical and emotional parts of yoga and the way I feel after class, but some of the yoga vibe, i.e. the voice, the affectations about calling the floor the "earth," just seem annoying. For some reason, I am very highly attuned to stuff like this. I try to shut it out, and mostly I do. This was the first teacher that made me feel this way, since I rejoined the club. Overall, the classes are much better than they were 6 years ago, and there is a noticeable emphasis on yoga at the club. And the touching part, well, I am also highly attuned to teaching practices, something that is kind of ingrained after 30+ years as an educator and 10 years teaching fitness classes. The private chat before, for a new person, really should happen all of the time.
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    Went to class today, with the instructor who did the yoga and weights class I went to. I like her. I started sweating in the middle of class... it regularly happens at the same time point each class, even with different instructors. I really made an effort to focus only on the poses. In fact, I ditched a rescheduled group ride to go and was happy I did.
    When I got home, I still wanted to be outside, so I suited up and went for a nice 11 mile ride, just to be in nature.
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    I will be heading back to the yoga studio tomorrow morning for the first time since Nov. 30th, since we've been traveling. I am looking forward to it but am sure I am going to be sore since I haven't done anything but lots of walking (and wielding my backpack that I travel with) for a week now). I always get a little nervous when I take a break since the practices are so hard, but I'm sure I'll survive. I hope!

    Glad you're sticking with it, Crankin. Not sure if I know the 'yoga voice' you mention, as all my instructors have sounded different, but I'm just lucky to understand them at all since I'm taking classes taught in Spanish now.
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    I give you a lot of credit, Emily. I know enough Spanish that I would understand "get on the floor," or stand up, but since I don't even understand the yoga names for a lot of poses, I would most certainly be looking at the instructor or others for cues!
    I am very sore from the sub we had in circuit training yesterday and I really need to go to yoga this morning. However, I have to go to a meeting for one of my clients at her school. Normally, I don't work on Fridays, but I really need to be there. Might do some home practice before I go and do a slow ride this afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    I give you a lot of credit, Emily. I know enough Spanish that I would understand "get on the floor," or stand up, but since I don't even understand the yoga names for a lot of poses, I would most certainly be looking at the instructor or others for cues!
    Oh, I do! I also studied up before I went and in between classes for the first few weeks. Found some sites online with yoga terms in Spanish and memorized a few basic body parts (arms, legs, hands, feet, neck, spine, head, etc.) Over time I got so used to the phrasing the normal instructor uses, I can almost always follow what he's doing, but sometimes he tries something different and I have to watch him very closely, or others in the class if he starts walking around. It's much more challenging when a guest instructor comes in, as they can have different phrasing, and I have to watch them and other students more closely. But I have picked up a lot!

    Also, he uses mostly the Sanscrit names for poses, so those are the same as a class in English (and I still only know a few of them no matter how long I take; they just don't stick with me). He will throw in a few of the "common" names for poses (like gato, for instance), but not all the time.

    For me, the scariest thing was just getting up my nerve to go that very first time or two, with my limited Spanish. I was intimidated as all get out, but I was kind of proud of myself for doing it and sticking with it.

    The most frustrating part of it is the socializing after class, when people start talking fast in Spanish -- I can only pick up a word here or there. Fortunately, during the instruction phase, the speaking is slower (maybe part of that "yoga voice" you mention), so I can catch more. And so much of it is context.

    I didn't do too badly today, considering, and it has been cooler, so that helped. We'll see how sore I am tomorrow, though! At least I have until Monday to recover.
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    Went to yoga today, and DH came with me.
    I am so glad I went, as all of the horrible soreness I had from the sub for circuit training on Thursday is now gone. I did a recovery home practice on Friday, but my hamstrings and groin were hurting so much, I could barely move when I went to bed. I rode 32 miles Saturday, and it was OK, but I felt really stiff and still some pain/soreness. Everything is perfectly fine now! I can't figure out what hurt me so much; I can understand the upper body soreness, but I don't remember doing any exercises that would have stressed my hamstrings so much.
    DH did fine, although he is always one step behind the instructor. I made myself not look, which wasn't too hard, despite the fact he was right next to me.
    Hopefully, I'll get to class more this week.
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