Certainly cell phones have no place in the classroom. For many of us, our yoga asana class is the only time of day when we get to be truly unplugged. ... So how as teachers do we enforce this policy and protect the ability for our students to unplug?
One of the most common things I hear on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis in my office at Back Bay Yoga Studio is “I was going to come to your class, but I just need to move today”. Upon hearing this usually just shrug it off, but there must be a split second where the person “needing to move” must catch the truly confused look on my face. To this day I don’t really know what people mean by this, but I have a few ideas.
A few weeks ago a student came into the office with an urgent question. She had overheard me explaining to another teacher why I don’t tend to give manual assists in class. Being a new teacher herself, she wanted some further clarification on this point. Quite honestly, she is not the first person to approach me regarding this topic, and I have grappled with this for quite a while. I will also wholeheartedly admit that I am never fully satisfied with my answer to this query because while I have been the recipient of truly fantastic, sensitive and even healing manual assists; I have also endured assists that have been incredibly injurious, careless, and harmful. The worst of these incidences was a full chiropractic facet adjustment on my cervical spine in the middle of a yoga class, which a few days later left me with severely limited range of motion in my neck.