I love a good debate. A lot of people bring their heart into debates. Some ego often finds its way too along with anger and sorrow, pick me up moments and laughter.
We live in a era where good conversation not only happens among friends at a coffee shop or dog park but online in some type of forum. These days the most common place is Facebook.—[I have been posting in this blog for almost ten years now. I know when I started, Facebook was not the place it is today and I know it will not be the same in the future but for now I have adapted and found the good in it.]
Here is the question posted in a Yoga Teacher Facebook Page I belong to:
How many of you have encountered the “it’s too hot!” student in your class? I think I have several at both of the places I teach. They are all middle-older aged women. They will literally yell out during class “it’s hot” or as I’m teaching start aggressively waving their hands in their face and making eye contact with me so that I acknowledge they are feeling warm. Has anyone been asked “can you turn on the air?”. I’m trying to find more creative ways to tell them no I will not turn on the air when it’s only 75 in the studio and everyone else is fine. I think this behavior is difficult for me to understand because I would never do something like that as a student. I’ve had some women tell me they are going through menopause and have hot flashes and in that case I will them to take a break when needed, or exhale out of their mouth…etc. I even have a student with MS who brings in a small quiet personal fan and I am totally fine with that. But why do they feel the need to announce it to the whole class and how can I try to nip this behavior in the bud in a kind and loving way? Haha 🙂
I was quick to react to the comments about “Maybe they are in the wrong class?” “People are so rude” “our studio has a lot of women like that too” “Lots of people r just plain rude… I teach yoga and have hot flashes too … for years actually and basically I just deal with it quietly. ”
Luckily, I only reacted in my mind. I slowed down, reread question and saw most replies were very helpful. I still felt compelled to respond, adding my part to the debate.