13 Things Yoga Teachers Are Secretly Thinking

It's not just all heavy breathing and namaste.

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I don’t have all the answers, about yoga or anything else

I don’t have all the answers, about yoga or anything elseiStock/Dean-Mitchell
And I get irritated when I witness other yoga teachers putting themselves out there as gurus, therapists, or doctors.

Clean your mat

Clean your matiStock/Tatomm
When you sweat on it and then roll it up and then sweat on it again, it becomes a petri dish. Don't be that annoying sick person at the gym.

I love teaching yoga ...

I love teaching yoga ...iStock/mediaphotos
But teaching is torture if I haven’t been able to do my own practice in a while.

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Yoga is not a magic bullet or a pill you can take to solve your bad attitude

Yoga is not a magic bullet or a pill you can take to solve your bad attitudeiStock/PeopleImages
You have to be prepared to put in the work yourself.

Please wear deodorant

Please wear deodorantiStock/andresrimaging
Look up the Sanskrit word "saucha." It means "cleanliness." No one wants to smell you. Consider these home remedies for foot odor before you step in the studio.

I may be smiling at you ...

I may be smiling at you ...iStock/Jacob-Ammentorp-Lund
When you walk in late and loudly slam your mat on the floor next to your meditating classmates but that doesn’t mean I approve. We all have busy lives but if you arrive late please try to be respectful of me and your fellow students. Start thinking yoga before you come in.

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I am not doing this for the money

I am not doing this for the moneyiStock/doug4537
I could barely make a living teaching you this class, as I receive little financial reward for the effort I am putting into this. So please respect that.

I don't love every pose

I don't love every poseDragonImages
I have poses I dread and avoid practicing and teaching.

Here's the truth:

Here's the truth:iStock/Mikolette
I hate yoga sometimes.

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I question your designer outfit

I question your designer outfitiStock/vasantytf
When people have matchy-matchy yoga outfits and every single prop, designer yoga mat, and accessory on the market, I question what their practice is really about. People, seriously, all you need is a heartbeat, willingness, and a little space.

Follow class instructions

Follow class instructionsiStock/Thomas_EyeDesign
It’s one thing to modify a posture if you’re having trouble with it. But don’t just ignore the teacher and freestyle your way through class. That’s rude.

I am not a doctor

I am not a doctoriStock/PeopleImages
I ask you about your injuries because they affect your practice. But I am not a qualified cardiologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, or podiatrist. So don’t expect me to be able to solve your heart murmur, figure out the source of your mysterious neck pain, or provide counseling between down dog and savasana. You need a doctor.

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Yoga is HARD

Yoga is HARD iStock/da-kuk
It’s meant to be. Didn’t you get the memo?!

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