I would be leaving that studio quickly and telling people not to go there! Moreover, I can't imagine locking your knees is good, whether you be practicing yoga, running, or any sport. I know in every class I go to, instructors regularly remind me to not lock my knees.
And as a good yogi, he should be helping you do the poses correctly.
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364 4/29/13 5:38 P
My best friend is a yoga instructor. She does all other kinds of sports and fitness as well, cycling, kayaking, skiing, hiking and so I think maybe your instructor was having a bad day. It wouldn't hurt to talk to him, if you feel comfortable doing that, because he can't really read your mind and may be unaware of his behavior (just saying), but ultimately you are paying for a class to meet your needs, and despite his yoga expertise it doesn't sound like it is meeting your needs. Yoga instructors should be pretty flexible--both literally and metaphorically.
Bikram yoga in and of itself is pretty rigid... considering that yoga's supposed to be a fluid and spiritualistic practice.
I'm not saying all Bikram yoga instructors are expected to behave this way, but when I read about a program that is ever and always the exact same thing every single time, it doesn't sound like it promotes an atmosphere of flexibility (and I'm not talking about physical flexibility).
Long and short of it, however, if you feel uncomfortable, then you can choose to go elsewhere. There are many people who probably really enjoy that kind of control, but it doesn't sound like it's a good fit for you.
I personally wouldn't care to attend a class where I feel continually judged and am being told by the instructor "Don't say you learned from me because you'll make me look bad!" That's pretty poor manners.
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4/29/13 2:32 P
I've seen instructors who think "their" activity is the be all and end all, and pffft to them. I am a runner, I don't do any other activities besides running and weights, but I try VERY hard not to come across to my clients that they are the only activities worth doing because that's what I do...you do what works for you. I might not enjoy other activities, but I would never discourage others from doing them unless they were dangerous in some way.
I would be looking for a new studio fast, and I bet you won't be the only one leaving. His attitude sounds so toxic and negative, and it doesn't make sense that he apparently wants people to only do yoga and then sit around until the next yoga class.
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4/29/13 1:58 P
This guy sounds like the exact opposite of every yoga teacher I have come across. I'd avoid his class like the plague if it were me.
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4/29/13 1:55 P
My yoga instructor would never say anything like that. This guy does seem to have some "control" issues. I've taken a variety of classes with different instructors and most if not all, were very supportive/helpful. They never said,"you're doing it wrong". They would show you how to modify a pose if you had difficulty with a particular pose. They never criticized.
I'd say you should look for a different studio.
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74 4/29/13 1:37 P
The dude is having some mental issues, who knows what. Credibility goes to zero when I encounter people like that.
4/29/13 1:32 P
Has anyone had a yoga instructor that bad mouths other activities? Or is well... just negative...
I was in a class yesterday at a studio I have attended for almost 2 years. The teacher made a statement he didn't want students telling others they practice at his studio. He went on to say, you guys aren't doing the technique right and I don't want to known for what you are doing wrong. You guys are doing other things like running and hiking and it is making so you can't lock your knees or do other things right.
These comments really hit a nerve for me because I run, hike, lift weights, etc... I practice yoga so I can do these other activities injury & pain free. I used to have to wear a leg brace and on top of that, at least 5 years ago I was told I would be in a wheel chair. Guess what - I am not! I credit the yoga with keeping me out of a wheel chair and with the ability to run. Every day I can run or drive myself to a yoga class - is a great day. I would think a yoga instructor would be more positive motivating people. It was a great disappointment. I never have told the yoga instructors there my background because I didn't to be limited - don't do this or that - it will hurt you. I know my body enough to know when to sit something out.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences. Btw... this was a Bikram studio if that matters.