No Student Left Behind

Recently, I attended a restorative yoga class. It was my misfortune to have my first class (only my second yoga class ever) be with a substitute practitioner who waltzed in, last minute and immediately began Om-ing. 

I truly didn’t know what to expect or how to modify the postures for my particular overuse injuries and needs. I received no direction during class except to, “Smile, it’s only yoga”. I soldiered on barely in form let alone breathing properly, in short, it was an excruciating experience I hope I have never subjected a student to. As the day progressed, I experienced both physical and emotional pain. The latter nearly pre-empting the physical, as I felt decrepit, old, used up, depressed. I guess I should have been pushier, interrupted the onset of practice to let the instructor know I was new.    

Here are a few things to do to avoid my experience whenever you’re a fitness class first-timer:

  • Research the facility and its instructor’s credentials, if they don’t measure up, move on.
  • If it/they pass muster, arrive early. Check in at reception. Complete any required paperwork.
  • If you’re not approached, let the teacher know you’re new.
  • You should be asked, about any physical challenges or limitations, requiring modification(s).
  • During this conversation, listen carefully to how your needs are addressed. If they’re not, participate at your own risk.

Be a savvy consumer! With so many fine fitness choices available, you’re sure to find the right “fit”.

About Terese Miller

Group Exercise Leader, 1983 ACE Gold Certified Exercise Leader, 1986 MELT Hand and Foot Instructor, 2015 IDEA Member ACSM Member Fitness Writer Home Cook

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2 Responses to No Student Left Behind

  1. Cassandra Tondro March 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    What great advice, Terese! I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but thanks so much for passing on the lessons learned from it.

  2. Terese Miller March 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Thank you and you’re welcome, Cassie! Being the student in this situation will make me a better teacher.

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