1. I mean what I say.
Sometimes during the balancing section of my classes, we'll go from tree pose to toe stand. Toe stand is a pretty advanced pose, so before moving from tree to toe stand, I'll say, "Stay in tree pose if you like, or come into toe stand- do whatever works for you." I mean that last part. I truly just want you to do what works best for your practice and your body. If you don't like toe stand, or it's not in your practice yet or you simply don't feel like doing it today, that is fine!
2. I'm not a doctor.
I ask about your injuries because it may affect your practice and I want to be sure that I know to give you other options or modifications. I have a basic understanding of anatomy as it applies to yoga, but I don't know that much more so I probably won't be able to answer what is causing your lifelong shoulder pain. You're welcome to ask, but don't be put off if I refer you to your primary care provider.
3. There's no need for excuses- especially the ones that bash yourself.
Nearly every class will probably have a pose that you don't like or aren't able to do in its full expression. That's ok! If you're not able to do a certain pose, I don't need an explanation. I've had some students exclaim, "Ugh! I'm too fat!" or "Argh! I don't have any upper body strength." STOP IT! It's not that I don't care, it's just that it's not about that. It's about the journey of gaining the strength, mental endurance, and peace.
4. It's not me, it's you.
This class isn't about me. It's about you. It's for you. Therefore, you don't have to apologize if you fell asleep in savasana, or if you went into child's pose for half the class. Whatever you need to do to have a good class is okay by me.
5. You don't have to make that noise.
Even if a pose is difficult, the loud grunting and audible frustrated sigh is not going to help you. The noises tell me that you're having an inner dialogue. Stop. Deep breath. Stay present. Intend for a clear, quiet mind. Let the thoughts go as soon as they come. Push them out with your even, powerful breath. The extra energy spent making loud noises would be better placed in your breathing.
6. There are no stupid questions.
What is the purpose of spreading your toes? What does an internal rotation in the forearms mean? What does namaste mean? There are no stupid questions, and I'm happy to clarify what I can- feel free to ask me questions before or after class.
7. I'm still a student.
I don't know everything there is to know about yoga. I have a lot to share and offer in my classes, but there is so much for me to learn, too.
8. You matter.
I appreciate you coming to my class. I appreciate your feedback. I appreciate you.