I went to a class... and... WOW. I'm conflicted.


So, last Sunday I went to a class in Solihull (on my way back from the NEC and a car show with my day job).

As a teacher, my own practice time is now even more precious. Every hour on my mat practicing on my own, or in a class is like gold dust. My classes run at times when my favourite other teachers are teaching, if I'm not teaching, I'm planning classes and so on. So every opportunity to go to a class and be a student is so so appreciated.

I noticed there was a 90 minute Hot Yoga Fusion class at said studio and I was like "awesome, I can actually still get my practice in!"

Hot class - Tick

90 mins - Tick

Fusion class - Tick

I booked in, paid my £12 and looked forward to it massively.

After that class... all I can say is WOW. I didn't realise bad teachers were a thing until I attended that class. This was hand on heart the worst class I have ever been to. Ever. And I was so gutted.

Of course, I know not every teacher is for everyone. I know I am not for everyone and that is okay. As an experienced teacher, you know when you go to someone's class and it's not your vibe. And you also know when something isn't right.

The heating was turned off part way through class. This is a huge no no, because hot classes are designed to build heat and cool the body in a particular way via the sequence and turning the heat off early can actually make people feel incredibly sick, especially when backbending is still to come.

The teacher didn't teach. He said the pose name. And counted. In Sanskrit. Literally "Marichyasana A. eka.... dvi... tri... catur" etc, for the entire 90 minute class. That is not teaching. He mumbled, you could barely hear him. He put on an accent.

There was zero guidance on alignment, deepening, safe practice. None. There were quite a few cues that weren't right, and a couple that were actually a bit dangerous.

For example, I have extra bone in my left knee which has the appearance that when my leg is my straight there is a slight bend (bump on the front of my knee). If you look at the back of my knee you can see the leg is anatomically straight.

As a hypermobile person too, to extend to what appears to be full straight on the front is actually bending backwards in my body - contraindicated and dangerous. I was told to overextend my knee in that class. I flat refused.