I left my yoga class because [I perceived that] a rude woman judged me for not looking like a yogini and for using a foam mat to protect my injured knee, rather than the typical sticky mat. I thought she was a substitute for my teacher and that she would not allow me to use the more cushioned mat. I realized as I was on my way out the door at high speed that she was not a teacher but a “butt-insky.” Yet I was too proud and stubborn to go back and tell her to mind her own business so I could enjoy the class. [Or to just ignore her.] Instead, I missed the rare lunchtime opportunity to ground and re-center my day. I mostly disagree with how I handled the situation, especially since I will probably never see Miss Nosy Pants again.
- I wanted to go to the class to re-energize.
- I thought it would get me back on track in an otherwise low-energy day.
- I expected to come back relaxed and peaceful.
- I dislike people who think they are better than me merely because they have the right clothes, equipment,and look.
- I want to be respected for who I am and what I can do, not whether I look like I can do it.
- I hate cliques, judgment, prejudice, snobbery, and the hypocrites who think they are peaceful simply because they go to yoga class.
- I am annoyed by know-it-alls, although I recognize their need for attention.
- I want to be left alone in the gym unless I am doing something that might cause harm to myself or someone else.
Ideally, I would go to class and do what I need to do to take care of myself without anyone interrupting me. I know my body better than anyone, and unless a certified instructor or other acceptable expert has a tip, I will make my own decisions. I will come out of class renewed, revived and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
I will go to my classes, get my exercise, stretch my aching muscles, and allow good energy to flow in and through me–regardless of who attends the class with me. I will not take it personally that someone else in the class feels competitive or otherwise attempts to steal my energy. I will remember that her issues have nothing to do with me, even if they are manifesting themselves in front of or around me.