A Good Class
This past Sunday, I took a yoga class at a yoga studio for the first time in months. I usually practice yoga at home for free. For a few weeks now I’d been craving a guided yoga flow with a community of people breathing and moving together so I indulged in a $25 class. Let’s just say that I wish I could have a refund.
The studio felt like a commercial gym not a yoga studio. I had been to this “yoga gym” a few times before but wanted to give it another chance. Boy, did I regret it. Instead of complaining about the class even more, I decided to give you guys my list of 10 things you should expect from your group class instructor.
I’ll admit that I set the bar pretty high and expect a lot out of my classes. Its especially true because part of my normal job is hiring and evaluating instructors.
10 Things you should expect from your group class instructors:
- 1. Class should start and end on time.
- 2. Instructor should ask the class if anyone has any injuries or if its their first time in the class and introduce themselves.
- 3. Play appropriate music at appropriate levels.
- 4. Offer variations of moves, asanas, etc.
- 5. Never make a participant feel bad about not doing something or put pressure on them to do something that is outside their limits.
- 6. Explain each move with verbal cues that will improve the participant’s form or help them to utilize the correct muscle groups.
- 7. Don’t assume everyone knows what your talking about when you say “salabhasana” or “burpee.”
- 8. Don’t give participants false information. I once had a yoga instructor tell me that I couldn’t stretch my hamstring if my knee was bent.
- 9. Thank the class for coming.
- 10. The class should not be the instructors workout!!!
What specific things turn you off from returning to a group class?