Top Eleven Things Not To Do In A Yoga Teacher Training Class

After the top ten must-do list for yoga teacher training class. Now there are top eleven things not to do in a yoga teacher training class in yoga institute. Yoga is a journey (and that letting go is too!). I hope you enjoy these and possibly even see a reflection of some of your own behaviors. None of these things are really going to add to your yoga class – so do your very best to avoid them!


  1. DON’T gasp or hold your breath or breathe through your mouth. If you hear a sudden “haaaaaaa” as you finish a pose, it probably means you’ve been holding your breath!


And mouth-breathing under stress (for example: hard yoga pose!) tends to trigger paradoxical breathing, which mimics anxiety. Always breathe through the nose, except when directed otherwise (eg kapalbhati).


  1. DON’T wear loose clothing or fleecy track-suit pants. We’ve probably all done it – or at least seen someone turn up to their first yoga class wearing classic yoga gear – long baggy pants and a loose t-shirt.


Unfortunately it traps the hot air and soaks up the sweat, making your clothes heavy, hot and clingy – and more importantly, it’s harder to lower your core temperature efficiently. Not a good recipe for hot yoga!


  1. DON’T gulp too much water. You’ll end up feeling sick and downright uncomfortable in some of the belly-down poses. Trust me … I’ve been there!


  1. DON’T talk to others in class. It is tempting (especially when a tough pose is held for a long time) to turn to your friend in class and discuss what is going on.


I’ve even heard inane conversations about “relationship issues” going on during class. Leave your gossip outside the yoga room please!


  1. DON’T ignore the instructor or anticipate poses or deliberately procrastinate. It simply means you are not “present” and you will not get the best out of your class.


  1. DON’T make up your own poses or do a pose modification without first consulting your instructor. It could be dangerous and you may not be approaching it in the right way.


  1. DON’T wipe the sweat away (unless it’s stinging your eyes). Your sweat is there to cool you down. It is counter-intuitive, but wiping it away WILL make you hotter.

So don’t refer this article again-

  1. DON’T push past pain (“no pain, no gain” is NOT yoga!). Work to your own edge – that’s all you need to do. You don’t need to do ‘better’ than yesterday at a pose. You need only to be a better version of you (and that means listening more to yourself).
  2. DON’T eat a large meal 2-3 hours before class. I won’t describe what is likely to happen!


  1. DON’T come to class after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, no matter how “brave” you feel.


(Yes, I have taught classes where someone had had a few shots before coming. He admitted it to me after class – and had spent most of the class on the floor. He said that he’d never do it again – it was that unpleasant!).


Actually it’s unfair to your teacher. They are supposed to take care of you and be responsible for everyone in the class.

  1. DON’T compare YOUR practice to that of anyone else – including your own! Who cares what you could or couldn’t do yesterday – it has no bearing on your regular enjoyment of the benefits.

Our bodies can work in mysterious ways, so just let the yoga work for you. A yoga teacher training class actually has a ton of information about how to correct common mistakes that are some students still make after years (and even decades) of practice.

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Reference Gabrielle


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