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My Top 9 Yoga Class Pet Peeves

In my 6 years of being a yogi I have practiced various kinds of yoga at numerous studios, but no matter where I go the same things always seem to get under my skin. Now, as a “yogi” I don’t mean for this post to come off as rude, but yogis have pet peeves too. Bad yogis, can you relate to any of these yoga pet peeves?

1. Inappropriate clothing

I’m all for self-expression BUT, guys, if you are in down dog and your junk is hanging out of your shorts, that is NOT cool. And ladies, the last thing anyone wants to see is a nip slip mid forward fold. Also, wear underwear, because your leggings may be more see through than you think. Yes, you are supposed to be focusing on yourself, but some people’s clothing(or lack thereof) can be totally distracting. And it may not be inappropriate, but please DO NOT wear socks. I can’t.

2. Phones in the studio/on your mat

Even as a millennial who loves her phone, never will I EVER have my phone with me during yoga. Nothing is worse than when you are lying in savasana listening to the teacher and you hear a phone vibrate, or RING. I cannot think of anything more disrespectful than disrupting other students by having your phone go off during class. The only exceptions I can understand are if you have a job where you are on call or maybe if you have children, but honestly, phones should nama’stay out of the studio.

3. Talking during class

I’m a chatty gal, I love to talk to people before and after class, but during class it makes my blood boil. Once during class a woman tried to engage me in a full blown conversation, I was HORRIFIED. Nothing can ruin the mood of a class more than people talking over the teacher or in class in general. I get a remark or two when a teacher is demonstrating a pose, which is fine, but know where to draw the line. It’s rude to the other students in the room and the teacher if you continuously talk during a class.

4. Moaning

Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than when someone’s Ujjayi breath turns into sexual noises. No one should ever sound like they are orgasming in a yoga class. A grunt here and there, a noise of frustration, breathing techniques, but moaning just makes everyone feel awkward.

5. Leaving during savasana

You were in this class for 70 minutes…and you can’t spare 5 more? You’re lying there, letting go with peaceful music playing, and then THAT person gets up and tries to make a “quiet” exit but actually knocks over your water, dropping a block, and slams the door shut. If you don’t have the time to dedicate to the WHOLE class please spare everyone the annoyance of you “sneaking” out early.

6. Watching other students

Yoga is a personal practice, and yes sometimes we all sneak a glance at that person doing a cool handstand variation, but ogling distracts you from your own practice. There have been so many times where I am struggling with a pose or holding a difficult pose and I can feel or see the person next to me watching me intently. Unless you’re watching a teacher demo, keep your eyes on your own mat for the benefit for everyone’s practice.

7. Freestylers

Doing poses that are completely different than what the teacher is cueing is distracting, rude, and can also be potentially harmful. A teacher creates a certain sequence for a reason and unless you are modifying, enhancing or coming into a quick koundinyasana on your way to plank, stick to what the teacher is saying.

8. People who breathe on me

I know I know, breath is a key component of yoga and I am all about it until I feel the person behind me breathing on my neck. Classes build up enough sweat without feeling someone else’s warm breath. Personal space, people.

9. Strange scents

Leave any strong perfumes, deodorants, essential oils, etc, at home. One time I was in class and a person next to me WREAKED of marijuana, as if they had just smoked before entering class. It should go without saying that first shouldn’t be doing yoga high, and second no one wants to smell that for the entirety of a class. Throw on some deodorant (please) because B.O isn’t pleasant, but leave all other smells at home out of courtesy for everyone.

Just because we are yogis, doesn’t mean things in the studio can’t grind our gears! So yogis, if you do any of these things, please, stop. And if you’re like me and have been secretly holding all of these pet peeves in, know you aren’t alone! What bugs you when you’re just trying to enjoy your damn warrior 2? Let us know in the comments!

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8 Comments

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    Bu

    May 19, 2017 at 1:23 am

    You can pry my socks from my cold, dead toes. After 10 years of doing yoga it still drives me crazy when people try to bully and side-eye me into removing my socks. Trust me — I know the pros and cons, and if I’m keeping them on, it’s because I need them. Whether it’s to STOP me from slipping and sliding (hello, contact sweat) or to keep me from getting the debilitating cramps that run in my family (my moans of agony will be more annoying to you than even my socks, I promise) it’s an informed decision.

    On the whole, I agree though — I could do with a lot more undies (ideally not neon pink thongs under sheer black leggings, but better than nothing, I guess) and a lot less orgasmic moaning and panting (preferred mating call of the random sketchy dude who’s there to ogle classmates?).

    I will say, though — if I’m watching someone else in class, it’s often because I have no other way to tell what the teacher is doing, I’m hoping they’ve got a better view and I’m trying to keep up by copying them. Or they’re awesome and totally inspiring to watch for their engagement, flexibility, or strength!

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    Dwayne

    May 23, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Hmmm…I don’t really find #s 1 through 7 to be problems, provided I’m concentrating properly (I’m pretty good at focusing and tuning things out). Agreed that #8 (“people breathing on me”) would be bothersome, but I’ve never experienced such, and it seems almost inconceivable (maybe in crowded urban classes?). And I suppose #9 (“strange scents”) might be a problem, but can’t personally recall any incidents.

    1. Olivia Beaton

      Olivia Beaton

      May 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Lucky you that you haven’t encountered most of these! I take classes in urban settings and sadly people are close enough to breathe on me! Bravo for being able to tune out distractions!

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        Dwayne

        May 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        It may be gender/age-related. As a 59 y.o. male practitioner, I’m immune to the creep-show behavior that younger distaff yoga students might occasionally encounter. 🙂

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    Alex Edwards

    May 23, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    #6 drives. me. nuts. Like, I know I just paid $15 to go to a studio class with a bunch of other people, but I at least want to pretend like I have a little bit of privacy :p

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    KJ

    May 30, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I agree with many of the items on your list. One that I would like to add: when the yoga teacher makes people “partner up.” Maybe some people enjoy getting up close and personal with sweaty strangers. I do not.

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    TB

    June 10, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I am new to yoga as of Feb of this year, after breaking a bone in my hand and unable to exercise in my usual manner (kettlebells/weights/bodyweight stuff)….modified yoga at first LOL! Now that my cast is off and my hand and wrist is at full capacity again I am full steam ahead with the yoga and loving it.

    I follow youtube videos and sites like this, exclusively. I cannot stand the thought of going to a class for ALL of these reasons, especially the gawking….for me yoga is spiritual and meditative and private for me….I cannot even stand it if my hubby has crawled into bed and I want to do a bedtime routine and I will move my mat out of the bedroom then. No less the time and money a class would cost me.

  6. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    June 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    As I teacher, I agree with these…particularly the leaving during savasana. If you’ve really got to go, as in, you have a meeting and you need those extra five minutes, I’d rather have you in class than have you miss it, but tell me in advance you’re going to skip out, and it had better be a rare occasion. 🙂 Freestyling is also a big one for me. You’re exactly right: I’m choosing poses and sequences intentionally. I always tell people to listen to their bodies and back off if they need to, but I rarely encourage ramping it up. Some people who come to yoga are driven and competitive, athletic and looking to improve their fitness, and it might be tempting for them to make the class as physically challenging as possible…but sometimes the real challenge (and growth) is in slowing down and seeing what else a pose might have for you aside from an opportunity to grow physically stronger.

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