10 Things Your Yoga Teacher Kinda Hates


Since I am yoga teacher, I think I am technically allowed to make this list. Just don’t tell my students ;)


1. Showing up late- Throwing your mat down during meditation like you are trying to kill something is not exactly awesome sauce.



2. Loud, exaggerated exhales- Your ujjayi breath is impressive…but not everyone appreciates your uncanny abilities. 



3. Your mat hasn’t been washed in 3 years- It’s starting to look (and smell) like a self sustaining ecosystem. 



4. Stepping on someone’s mat- Not that your feet aren’t awesome. But they just aren’t…THAT awesome. Gotta give space!



5. Too much perfume/cologne- Gah! Can’t breathe! 



6. Wearing Speedos to class- It’s like a train wreck: you just can’t…look…away…



7. Texting during class- That soft blue light emanating from your hand is probably not your holy aura. 



8. Your feet look like you just walked in from Wanderlust- Come on, wash those bad boys!



9. Talking during class- Not everyone likes to hear about your escapades…


10. Leaving during savasana- …right when everything gets settled…and you’ve just been read a quote that took hours to find. If you have to do it, stay by the door. 

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Matt Caron
Matt is an enthusiastic Yoga teacher and life voyager. He enjoys reading, writing, practicing and meditating. He is the owner and editor in chief of theyogablog.com, a site created with the thought process of bringing together the Yoga community in a collaborative way. Matt strives to inspire conscious living and conscious dialogue; not only for others, but for himself.


  • yogini

    shame on you! 3, 4,5 and 8, like anyone can do anything about that. No one farts in class on purpose. Would you prefer that ever one wax or shave or shower before class. Toe Jam — really! If these things bother you, perhaps you should reread the sutras and reacquaint yourself with the purpose of yoga.

  • Diana

    Several of these are ridiculous. I can understand being frustrated by texting, showing up late and leaving early but passing judgement on peoples bodies and the sounds they make is just too much. Congratulations, you have now made some readers even more self conscious and probably less likely to want to go to a yoga class. God forbid their body hair offends the teacher.

  • arlet

    since I am a yoga teacher too– I think I can say that I agree with all these points!!! #1, #7 and #10 being high on my list!! http://extendyoga.com