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Every so often, a person will call out a question about a specific posture during class. It’s almost always a good, relevant question, and if it can be answered in a sentence or two or with a quick visual, the teacher is happy to answer.

But the 90-minute class is designed to perfectly contain the postures, breathing exercises, and savasanas that we do every day. In addition, it’s designed to be meditative, with students quietly listening and focusing on their yoga and the teacher leading the way. Consistent questions or conversations between students and teachers can feel disruptive.

But asking questions is a fantastic way to learn, so what’s a curious student to do?

  • Ask questions before or after class. We teachers all love to talk about yoga (and Pilates too!) and your questions are genuinely interesting to us. If we have answers and ideas, we’ll share them, and if not, your questions are great learning opportunities for us, and we’ll get back to you once we’ve had the chance to check in with other teachers. Also, when you ask a question, we’re likely to weave the answer into our class in a way that will hopefully help you understand even better.
  • If you have a question about your personal alignment during a posture, when you sign in, ask the teacher to give you a little extra attention during class. It’s not always possible to zero in on a particular student, but if we can, we will!
  • Take advantage of opportunities to attend workshops, “posture clinics,” and other events at the studio. Terri has a whole range of events planned for this year! Make sure you have our app downloaded on your phone and that we have your correct email address so that you hear about all the extra yoga fun!
  • Sign up for competition training. Yes, I’m serious! Although the competition training sessions are structured, the format is very different from a regular 90-minute class. We’ll be diving deep into some of the most common competition postures, including Standing Bow Pose, Floor Bow, Rabbit, and Spine Twist. We’ll do exercises as a group, and everyone will get individual pointers and feedback. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion along the way. Even if you still feel a little squeamish about actually competing, you’re invited to join the training process and learn more about this amazing, healing yoga.

Informational meeting this Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 pm – see you there!


–Ellen Olson-Brown, The Hot Yoga Factory Chelmsford



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