What to do when a student gets yoga rage in your class
We’ve all been there. YOGA RAGE, it’s a thing. When you’re in a class and you’re not enjoying yourself, getting frustrated and not feeling zen at all. I’ve had it and I know a lot of yogis who have had it.
But what happens when YOU’RE on the receiving end of yoga rage?
I recently taught a cover class at a studio and I could feel the yoga rage from one student, she looked bored and frustrated, kept doing her own thing on the mat, looking round the room and even checked her phone- TWICE! I’m not going to lie, I was a bit upset, it did put me off and I was suddenly doubting my teaching capabilities, even though I’ve taught a million classes all with great feedback and happy students! One unhappy student was enough to bring my confidence down within seconds!
I then spoke to several other teacher friends who have had the same thing happen and I thought I'd write down 3 tips for when something like this happens, it really helped me.
1. Don’t take it personally
Obviously easier said than done, but you don’t know that person’s story, what they did in their day or what’s happening in their lives. Their yoga rage may not have anything to do with you at all!In addition, know that you are NOT alone, so many teachers have experienced the same thing, and it hasn’t got anything to do with your competence or abilities as a teacher, so many experienced and incredible teachers have had something similar happen in their classes so its not just you.
2. Focus on the positive
If only 1 person out of 20 people enjoyed your class, that’s good enough. If you got some smiles and chuckles, job done. You’ve brought space and balance to a student, you've accomplished your role as a yoga teacher. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, yoga is a very personal thing. I’ve been taught by several ‘celebrity yoga teachers’ at the height of their careers at top yoga studios and didn’t enjoy their classes so it’s okay if someone doesn’t like yours!
3. Keep Teaching
Teaching is all practice. After that class, I dreaded my next classes as I was worried the same thing would happen. It didn’t. Don’t let one bad experience put you off.
Just in case no one told you today, you’re doing great. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
And remember: “You can’t please everyone you’re not an avocado.”
This goes not just for yoga classes, but in life.