(Closed) anyone else not into Yoga?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t do yoga because of the religious aspect of the “excercise”.

Post # 4
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it’s a combo of that particular instructor and your personality.  I’ve had both good and “useless” instructors that don’t really guide beginners… and I still don’t like yoga.  It’s boring to me.  I’m much happier when I get to move around.

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Everyone has different things that they like.  This woman sounds like the wrong kind of instructor for you, and I wouldn’t like her either.  I’ve started taking hatha yoga recently and really like it.  It gives me a good stretch and can be modified to make it easier or harder if you want.  Maybe try another class but if you don’t like it, it’s okay.  I wouldn’t like Zumba or dance because I’m super uncoordinated.

Post # 6
2316 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

It sounds like you just have a really bad class. In fact, I’ve had almost the opposite experience with (hatha) yoga – because you are supposed to focus on your breathing and concentrate on your intent, you don’t even notice the people around you. Forcing people to do it “right” is totally counter to the spiritual side of yoga.

Post # 7
9686 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Bummer!  It’s definitely your instructor.  I’m a certified fitness instructor, although not in yoga (which I adore) I would NEVER yell at or criticize a student, that’s completely wrong.  IMO, you should report her to whomever she works for, unless she’s independent.  The entire premise of yoga is about calmness of body and mind.  And an instructor’s job is just that – to instruct and guide, not make someone feel bad.  Please don’t let this one negative instructor turn you off, yoga can be very relaxing and a beautiful experience.  It’s not that you are doing anything wrong, and it’s not your fault!   All new fitness things take a little time to learn.  Maybe try hatha yoga or maybe yoga just isn’t for you, it’s not for everyone.  But your instructor is causing you to have a bad experience and that’s wrong on her part. 

Post # 8
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have not encountered the instructor pushing a “religious experience” on me during class as RoxanneV mentioned.

I personally love yoga and have noticed great changes in my shape since starting. I only go once weekly but look forward to the break from the more traditional cardio and strength classes I go too. Finding a good instructor can make or break any group fitness experience. I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but I would recommend yoga in a heartbeat.

Post # 9
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I take a yoga class because I needed a half credit to graduate, so yoga it is!

I definitely think that there are different styles of yoga teachers. My teacher says the class is meant to improve flexibility and to teach us how to calm and relax ourselves. She always says that yoga is “non competitive and non-judgmental”, so we aren’t supposed to force ourselves into a place where we are uncomfortable. My yoga class isn’t religious at all either, it’s more spiritual in that we learn to calm our minds and bodies and stay in the moment.

I’m sorry you don’t like your yoga class! Are there other instructors you could try?

Post # 10
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@happyface:  huh?  Can you explain a bit more?  I know that there are hindu beliefs there, but I’ve never had a yoga instructor bring that part of it to my class. 


First and foremost, I think the key to exercising consistently is to only do something that makes you feel good afterwards.  Keep going to the cardio class!  

I LOVE yoga and it’s changed my life and my body, but in my 3.5 years of doing it, I’ve had plenty of instructors that I couldn’t stand- I’d give them two classes worth of my time and then move on if I still didn’t like it.  If the style or the instructor is not making you feel peaceful and powerful, switch classes or styles.  If you do this and still don’t like yoga, that’s ok.  I spent 3 months in Jazzercise classes once and wanted to go all office space on my step-block- it’s just not for me 🙂

ETA: If you like cardio classes, maybe look for a hatha flow or power flow class.  There’s always movement in those and it seems to keep my mind occupied on the task at hand more than something more gentle and slow-going. 

Post # 11
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Sounds like a bad instructor to me! I’ve never done yoga, but I can’t imagine being happy with any class where the instructor yells at you and calls you lazy.

Post # 12
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not a big fan of yoga either. I like the poses where you are just relaxing and stretching, but ones like down dog where your body is inverted give me a killer headache. However, even the relax-y, stretch-y poses would be stressful to me if I had someone yelling at me for doing it wrong. Sounds like you have a bad instructor there. Is there another instructor that offers class at a different time that you could go to instead?

Side story: I took yoga during college as a 1-credit-hour class. The instructor had one of those peace-inducing, calming voices – unless someone dared show up late to class or to talk during class. Then she’d flip some sort of switch and turn her voice into a snarl while she criticized them. Then she’d go right back to her calm, peaceful voice. It made me feel like she was full of crap and kind of scary, which is not at all what you want for yoga!

Post # 13
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@happyface:  I’ve never been to a yoga class with a “religious” aspect. Ever.

To the OP, sounds like a bad yoga instructor to me. An yoga instructor should help you along your journey to flexibility and centeredness. He/she should not force anything and should not expect anything of you other than honest effort. I’d find another class. Also, there are so many different styles, so you might want to explore other types of yoga, too. I get bored easily in slow classes, so I prefer more active flow yoga and even classes that incorporate yoga into a program a little more diverse (I have Bodyflow/Bodybalance in mind, particularly, but there are other such classes).

Post # 14
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Maybe you should try a home video to see if you like that better. That way, you can avoid the scary, mean teacher and get a better idea of how you feel about the actual exercise. Yoga is an important component to overall fitness, so it’d be such a shame if you have to miss out because of a terrible instructor.  

And religious aspect? What, what? 

Post # 15
18 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Your instructor sounds scary!

I cant do yoga because I have no coordination!  I prefer running or aerobic exercise, I dont feel like I have had a work out unless I am out of breath!

Post # 16
9686 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Bubu82:  That’s so freaky, the voice changing thing. 

With my students I always remember what it was like to be on the other side – to be the student.  Because to become a certified instructor you have to take a ton of classes.  So I never forget what it feels like to be the one just starting out.  I was so lucky to have wonderful and compassionate instructors, I think it makes all the difference.  These instructors being described sound scary and unpleasant as hell, lol.  Maybe they should go into a different field of work if they don’t like their students.  I also, in my career, hire fitness instructors to work for me – from yoga to pilates to aerobics to dance, for all ages from preschool to adult.  If one of the instructors who works for me ever yelled at a student they’d be in deep dog doo-doo with me.  If they did it again after being reprimanded they’d be replaced – I would never stand for any of the students being treated so disrespectfully.

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