Retro Throwback: Things I Hear in Class

On Sundays, please enjoy the Retro Throwback where I share my favorite posts from some time ago.

A week or so ago I was taking a morning Bikram class.  We were doing the third part of awkward series. I had pushed my knees/thighs together and lowered down. The instructor gave some additional directions – without naming names. I don’t recall what she said. All I know is I did a quick scan in the mirror and determined what she said applied to me, and I made the adjustment.

When the posture was over I got some praise for doing this. Apparently she was speaking directly to me and was about to say my name when I just made the correction. She said it is important for us to always be listening and thinking about the dialogue/directions and how they apply to us even when we are not being named. Well, I appreciate the praise. I would also like to offer up some examples of how I approach listening in a typical Bikram class.  I’ll give examples of things instructors typically say, and I’ll show you the secret to what I do. It’s so easy, and it makes class so much more enjoyable!

What Instructors Say  & What I Hear

Leigh, you need to raise your arms up higher  = Leigh, you need to raise your arms up higher

Lock your knee  = Lock your knee, Leigh

Beautiful posture =Beautiful posture, Leigh

Excellent triangle Jennifer = Excellent triangle, Leigh

Beautiful standing bow John = Beautiful standing bow, Leigh

Why is everyone sitting down? = Only Leigh has worked hard enough to take a break

Everyone, that was amazing work.  = That was amazing work everyone, but mostly Leigh.

See how that works? I just assume everything applies to me times a thousand. Ok – I got a little silly but the idea is really true. If an instructor is talking I assume it’s meant for me. Sometimes it blantantly is not meant for me, but those instances seem to be rare. I accept all criticism, and I accept all praise. What that means for me is my postures get better (because I accept all criticism), and I am happy (because I send all praise through a special filter that makes it apply only to me).

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 07:35:59

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  2. @yoga8kris
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 07:52:54

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    Jul 25, 2014 @ 16:03:01

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  4. @thehotyogigirl
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 07:59:05

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    Jul 30, 2014 @ 21:06:00

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  7. @thehotyogiguy
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  9. Ethel (@thehotyogivan)
    Aug 03, 2014 @ 15:22:02

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  11. @thehotyogiguy
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  12. The Hot Yogi Guy (@thehotyogiguy)
    Aug 16, 2014 @ 10:02:10

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  13. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 11:41:44

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  14. The Hot Yogi Girl (@thehotyogigirl)
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 09:02:08

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  15. The Hot Yogi Shop (@thehotyogishop)
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 11:03:15

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    Oct 09, 2014 @ 12:36:03

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  17. @bostonyogis
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 17:53:11

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  18. Atlantic Yoga (@atlanticyoga)
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 17:58:49

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  19. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Feb 02, 2015 @ 03:34:15

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  20. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 15:28:07

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