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What to do When Your Yoga Teacher Is a Monster…

We’ve all had it happen, you walk into class excited, and the second the teacher opens her mouth – it all comes crashing to the ground. There’s something about them that just rubs you the wrong way. Is it their voice? The way they cue you into postures? Maybe you can’t put your finger on it, but it is fully destroying your yoga class.

Well you can’t just sit around…

The first and most obvious solution is to let it get to you; truly let your irritation show. Grumble under your breath, look angry and start to clench your muscles. We all know that the best thing to do in yoga class is to fixate on the little things, right? The rest of the students might be blissfully breathing in downward dog, but you are clenching your jaw and rolling your eyes aggressively with every new instruction. That’s it!

Get competitive!

If there’s one thing that has always worked for me, it’s the art of being competitive with other students to take my mind off of something. Who can do the best warrior 3? You bet it’s you! Look around when everyone is in balancing poses and push past that pesky voice in your head cautioning for moderation. You want to win – and yoga is a competitive solo sport.

The Nuclear Option (Part One): Do Your Own Thing

If this teacher just gets you angrier and angrier, just tune them out. Maybe practice some Zumba, dance a little tune on your map – anything that distracts you from that teacher. You paid to be there, right? Small concern: other students… (but hey, if you’re so fixated on this one issue – the other people don’t matter either)

The Actual Nuclear Option: Leaving Class

Okay okay, let’s bring things back to a somewhat reasonable frame of mind. Let’s say you enter this yoga class and everything you’re doing is making you mad, leave. Sometimes we’re simply not in the zone and that’s totally okay. There’s another day, another class, and ultimately another teacher.

What do you think yogis? Have you ever experienced a teacher that distracts you from the practice? Have you ever done anything exceptionally dramatic? 


  1. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    October 6, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    While there have definitely been yoga teachers I haven’t enjoyed being in class with, I’ve never left a class, and I wouldn’t encourage anyone to do so (unless, of course, they’re sick or hurt, or the teacher is perhaps consistently asking them to do dangerous things or is a bully or something). I think there’s a lot to be gained by staying through that one class (I even wrote an article about it here on Bad Yogi!), even when we’re irritated or we’re not getting the type of practice we wanted. It’s interesting to explore WHY a teacher is having that effect on you. Does she remind you of someone you know? Does he remind you of YOURSELF? 🙂 Can you find a state of calm amidst that irritation? Are you really mad/frustrated/irritated about something else in your life and you’re projecting it onto the teacher? Or are the yoga poses bringing up feelings and you don’t know what to make of them, so you’re assuming they’re a reaction to the teacher? Each teacher has something to teach, and maybe it’s not always yoga. I suppose if someone were absolutely furious about it all, then yes, leave….but I would hope that person would take some time for serious reflection away from the studio. 🙂 Thanks for writing this!

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    November 29, 2018 at 6:00 am

    If a teacher starts off a beginner’s Vinyasa-flow class with super deep hatha stretches, or simply make you feel a bad kind of hurt, not warming you up, you should leave. I had this experience today- very angry teacher, attacking me, yelling at me. “I come all this way for YOU” “I drove in the RAIN!”. Why do these people even teach.

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    April 14, 2019 at 5:01 am

    the thing is bulley is not stopping. my yoga class instructor call my name. She said that is the worst posture. Everytimr say negative coments. I asked her stop it. and she isolated me and sneaky way dont give me yoga tool and makes me wait and she is 40s. this shit head yoga instructor doesnt know yoga ia relax class. She like to controlling tne class. It is not that I make her happy class. Just dont talk alot. I like softly quietly peacefully gentlly helping talking yogie is the best.I paid money for 3months and no refund. How can I handle this situation? How to let it go?

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      Erin Motz

      April 15, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      This is so awful to hear and I am so sorry. Is there anyone above the instructor that you can talk to ?

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    December 8, 2019 at 4:07 am

    I was doing yoga for around 6 months and today my yoga instructor decided to pick on me in front of the entire class of 50 people in the most condescending and mocking tone:

    “Oh you definitely must be new to yoga”

    “You have a lot of work to do don’t you”

    “You are not doing that right you are basically like rolling over”

    “You are not in tune with your body”

    Mind you I suffer from severe social anxiety. Yoga has helped me tremendously with my depression and anxiety and I’m not there to impress anyone. I’m there to enjoy it. All I could focus on was how embarrassed i was. I had to choke back tears in my class and all I could think of was that I must be such a horrible yogi. I have not returned to a yoga class since. I just do yoga in the privacy of my home alone.

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