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The Most Annoying People in Yoga Class

Omm My! 5 Annoying People You'll Find in Yoga Class

Yoga is about self-acceptance and embracing little quirks in others, but let's face it — we've probably all found someone in our yoga class annoying. You may smile at them and even throw out a polite "namaste," but on the inside, you're rolling your third eye.

1. The Show-Off
Oh, you can do a handstand? Wow. Oh, you can do Scorpion Handstand with your feet on your head. Impressive. Wait, now you're folding into Lotus, lowering your knees onto your arms, and coming into some crazy Crow variation?! We get it. You're strong, flexible, and amazing. But do you need to show off all your Cirque du Soleil tricks when the rest of us are doing the humble Tree pose? Come on!

2. The Om-ing Exhaler
Every yoga class has some degree of group om-ing, chanting, and deep breathing, but it's the spontaneous and abnormally loud om-ing exhales, the huge sighs, and other random noises that really annoy. We get it, you're releasing and relaxing, but keep the feel-good noises that border on sex sounds to a minimum.

Keep reading to hear about three more annoying people in your yoga class.

3. The Stink
Wash your clothes much? How about that towel? Ever heard of deodorant? I'm all for sweating buckets on your mat, but don't do it at the expense of others. Sweating in an enclosed small room with someone that has a bad case of BO is torturous. With all that deep breathing going on, they must notice the pungent smell, right? Pardon me if I pass out or lose my lunch.

4. The Helper
Whether you're a beginner or well-seasoned yogi, we can all benefit from a little assistance and extra knowledge. That is, when it comes from someone you trust and at an appropriate time. Who is this know-it-all Joe Shmoe you've never seen before, rattling off the Sanskrit names to poses, and springing off his mat to assist some young yogi with her Down Dog? It's not only distracting to everyone else, but I'm sure the teacher isn't too psyched either. This person borderlines on being called "The Know-It-All" or "The Flirt."

5. The Chitchat
Whether she's gigglng away to her neighbor, chatting it up with the instructor, or — gasp — answering her cell phone, she's doing more yammering than yoga-ing. In case you didn't get the text or voice mail message, I'll spell it out loud for you: stop talking and start breathing. You probably don't realize it, but we're all here to listen to our breath and the occasional gentle instruction from the teacher. If I wanted to hear chitchat, I'd unroll my mat in the middle of the food court.

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kellan kellan 3 years
I've totally experienced all these scenarios  - hilarious!
CPierson CPierson 3 years
what about people who won't stop farting?
Guest44989 Guest44989 3 years
I find yoga generally annoying 
Beaner Beaner 3 years
I teach and practice as well, and have been for over 12 years, and I agree with Jessie L. Although yoga is about acceptance and being non-judgemental, there have been certain situations where I've noticed certain people annoying or distracting the fellow students in my class. One guy used to practice handstands and loudly fall over again and again while everyone was trying to relax in Savasana. He was unaware how clearly inconsiderate it was, and I finally had to say something to him. There are things people do that make others uncomfortable, and I have definitely had one of each of these 5 people in my class at one time or another. 
Marclemac Marclemac 3 years
Maybe you can put yourself on #6.
dstoner dstoner 3 years
As a practicing and teaching yogi, I found this list pretty funny. Yoga is about non-judgement and acceptance but I'm not perfect. And people do annoy me sometimes, even in yoga.
Jessie-L Jessie-L 3 years
I thought yoga was about non judements. Here is a great blog that explains that http://thatprettyfitchick.com/the-gym-a-judgement-free-zone
Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 3 years
Just want to add that his post is meant to be humorous, and not meant to offend. We've all been in class with people like these, and it can be very distracting/annoying to others in the class. Sometimes it's nice to acknowledge that. I seriously had to stop going to a class because a fellow student had such a bad case of B.O. It's good to practice inner-awareness and the art of tuning out distractions, but when every breath you take leaves you feeling nauseous, that can be impossible!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 3 years
I've had classes ruined because of some of these people. Ideally, you should be able to tune others out, but some people (especially he very, very loud grunters and breathers) are incredibly distracting. Same with a mildew-reeking mat.   I think all of there are talking about extreme scenarios. if you push yourself to do a more advanced posture, great. If it's the middle of savasana and you're grunting and head standing that's distracting.
lizj54 lizj54 3 years
This is a really disturbing and negative post to find on FitSugar. Usually I turn to you guys daily for some pep and positivity with regards to health and fitness...I think posting articles like this is a part of the "problem" that you describe. Practicing Yoga is an internal meditation on your body, mind, and soul, taking the focus away from that with articles like this only fuels the negative fire. At the risk of sounding cheesy, why not post something more positive instead or rather something along the lines of "how to politely handle a disruptive yoga classmate" which would shift the discussion away from complaining and towards resolution.
downdogandcats downdogandcats 3 years
I had three of these in one class yesterday.  First off, I thought I was doing down dog next to a living ash tray.  My asthma and allergies flared up like crazy.  The smell of smoke was so intense you could swear a campfire was on a mat right next to you.  Then the cell phone rang.  The person got up went into the other room and TOOK THE CALL..  Two strikes.  Later in class the same cell phone rang again.   Yoga is about tolerance but that does not equate to tolerating rude behavior.  I agree the breathing aspect of this list is inconsistent with what is yoga but the rest of the list is spot on.  One last thing I'd add is wearing proper attire.  Meaning wear a freaking bra and don't wear pants that show one's personal half moon.
downdogandcats downdogandcats 3 years
I had three of these in one class yesterday.  First off, I thought I was doing down dog next to a living ash tray.  My asthma and allergies flared up like crazy.  The smell of smoke was so intense you could swear a campfire was on a mat right next to you.  Then the cell phone rang.  The person got up went into the other room and TOOK THE CALL..  Two strikes.  Later in class the same cell phone rang again.   Yoga is about tolerance but that does not equate to tolerating rude behavior.  I agree the breathing aspect of this list is inconsistent with what is yoga but the rest of the list is spot on.  One last thing I'd add is wearing proper attire.  Meaning a bra or pants that show one's personal half moon.
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