Help! I’m Caught in a Bad Yoga Class & I Can’t Get Out!

Apparently, Bad Yoga Class Can Happen

How About You…Ever Been Caught in Bad Yoga Class?

You know the feeling if you’ve ever attended any event where you have an irresistible urge to bolt out the door. You’re not in danger, per se. It is just you simply do not gel with the people, place or atmosphere.

All you want to do is leave but for one reason or another, you don’t, hoping it will get better… or maybe you would feel too guilty if you just got up and walked out. While tempting, doing so would not be demonstrating social diplomacy, which is important when you live in community.

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So you force yourself to stay, trying not to look bored, annoyed or miserable. Once it is over, you get the heck out fast as you can, promising yourself you will do everything in your power to not have to sit through another class, seminar, or conference that just is not up your alley.

That was me two days ago. It all began with me getting back on track with my yoga routine. I discovered a new yoga studio in town, and just one day earlier, had enjoyed a fantastic Hot Vinyasa I yoga class. It was so awesome, I returned to the studio to try out another (different) yoga class the very next day.

“Happy 🙂 Anticipation” Leads to…

I love yoga. If I had a religion, yoga would be it. It is as my antidote to a the stresses that can build up in life. For every new town I visit, “yoga studios near me” is the first thing I look up on my Google Maps app after the place I’m sleeping that night.

I am not afraid to try out a new class or style of yoga. Geographically, classes attended include Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Alaska & Hawaii. Styles I’ve practiced include Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Restorative, Yin, Acro-yoga, Iyengar and what I like to call “hodge podge”, where the teacher mixes it up and does their own thing.

Blessed to have been taught at a young age by my god-mother, my appreciation for the experience, Art & Science of Yoga is profound. For years I have been blessed to never be in a yoga class I didn’t like.

All day at work I looked forward to yoga class. I just knew it was going to be great… I even sang a little happy song to myself as I left work and drove to the studio, never anticipating I was going to experience a bad yoga class instead.

Sad Disappointment ;'(

I know, that subhead looks melodramatic. I apologize. However, those were my feelings as I quickly gathered my yoga mat, water bottle and towel and walked out, head down, at the end of what could (should?) have been an awesome class. Needless to say, ‘should’ had become the operative word. PHOOEY!

“REALLY…What was that? And how do I prevent myself from taking another unsatisfactory yoga class again?” I asked myself as I swiftly met the exit. During class as I half-attempted to “go through the motions”, I made best use of class time by taking mental notes about all the factors I felt were determining my level of satisfaction.

By this point you might be thinking one of two things:

a.) Yes, so what are the factors, please do tell! And provide in list format if can.
b.) Geez lady, what kind of OCD high maintenancediva picky perfectionist / fill in blank person are you anyway? (Note:We won’t go there right now)

Well, if you’re an “A” type, keep reading, list is just below. If you’re “b” type… well, you’re probably already gone anyway.

So, without further ado, I present to you my list of factors to consider (hint:ask!) before taking a new/unknown yoga class… if you are not in an adventurous mood.

How to Avoid Getting Stuck in a Bad Yoga Class Ever Again

List of Yoga Class Factors that Significantly Influence Ambiance

  1. Music or no music. If there is music, what is the genre?
  2. Essential oil diffuser / scents or no scent
  3. Coed or Gender Specific
  4. Hot yoga or Room temperature
  5. What branch of yoga practiced in class
  6. Talking / instruction or follow silently
  7. Qualifications / credentials of yoga instructor
  8. How many years teaching
  9. Loud noises, e.g. sighs, groans and moans, encouraged?
  10. Handling of sick, coughing or otherwise noisy participants
  11. Mindful of body alignment in positions (e.g. asanas)
  12. “Hodge podge” sequence or true to a specific school of yoga?
  13. Room air – aired out occasionally, or locked in (what if someone rips one)?
  14. Class demographic…

And if you’re paying attention, the last item might raise your eyebrows. I don’t have time to go into it now, so perhaps I will expand upon that further in a future post.

Did I miss anything? If I did, please share in a comment below so we can all benefit!

Mahalo nui,

Yours Truly