One of the first things you learn when practicing yoga is to let go of every noise happening in your head. It’s vital to be completely open as this ancient discipline requires mental, physical, and spiritual focus. Still, it’s hard to just let go. We have been programmed to always be on. Whether it’s commuting with the hustle and bustle of traffic, staying connected to the world through our mobiles and laptops, and making sure all of our work, as well as social life is always full. Being able to breath in deeply and truly open your body and mind requires time. Once you achieve this zen, yogis promise you will achieve a level of body and mind enlightenment. Nonetheless, there are distractions that can make the most discipline person lose their concentration. Some are easier to avoid than others. Nonetheless, there are certain diversions that cannot be avoided, regardless of how hard you try.It can be quite tempting to simply stop and pull of the piece of toenail or even hanging skin.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. The individual has contorted the body into an unnatural pose that you can’t help but stop and stare at such great accomplishment.
It’s bad enough bringing a mobile into class and charging it, but to actually answer a call is just plain rude.
This may not have been done on purpose, but getting kicked in the head by a fellow yogi during a down-dog split is never fun.
It’s hot and sweaty in there and hair just seems to find its way on you.
Sweating it out in class is completely natural and expected. It’s when your neighbour’s mat is so sweaty and wet that it begins to move slowly on to your own mat.
Sometimes the music played in yoga studios feels like it’s going to put you to sleep. Finding the right music and volume setting is a science.
It’s hard enough getting into the zone, having someone slamming the door or knocking on the window doesn’t help anyone find their happy place.
Everyone gets sweaty and smells after class. But if you show up smelling like you haven’t showered or other odours like smoke, strong perfume or worse food, it throws the whole class off.
Some participants stare so much it gets uncomfortable very quickly for the yogi, teacher, and the rest of the class.
Savasana is the final pose in a yoga class. It may seem odd to lie back and hear the yogi teacher talk about letting go of any inhibition, toxic behaviour, and wish you many blessings. This is part of yoga and it’s not a joke, ever.
Yoga is about letting any inhibition and self doubt go. But some yogis are so loud that it easily breaks others concentration.
If you are waiting for an important call, email, or text it’s best to just skip class that day or book it for a later time. It shows complete and total thoughtlessness and lack of consideration for others.