Should I ask? I’m just not sure.

A student thanked me this morning for creating space during class for questions.

While I haven’t had a lot of studio practice experience (my practice has been primarily at home) there have been times when the instructor provided cues that didn’t necessarily jive with my anatomy or maybe I was a bit confused and I just blurted out my confusion on the spot.

I don’t know. Maybe because I’ve always guided my own practice it just seems natural that if I’m unsure about something, I should be able to ask a question of the person guiding me.

What a powerful reminder for me to affirm that when YOU are practicing at The Hive, it is still YOUR practice. I might choose the focus and choreography of the flows, but only to provide all you Yogis with an opportunity to check in with yourself and see/feel what’s happening. An opportunity to observe and reflect, not just do what you’re told.

It’s tricky business. I’ve often felt that I have too many questions and in the past have found myself apologizing even before I ask the question.

Geesh.

What’s that about? I mean really? (over-apologizing is the subject of a whole different post)

Why isn’t ok to not know and then to ask about it?

If you are practicing with me, ASK AWAY! For real.

You know your body better than I do. Asking questions about what’s happening while on the mat allows you to familiarize yourself with the intricacies of your body in a whole new way. It also helps me become a better guide. It’s a win—win.

How do you feel about asking questions during a practice at a studio?

For answering my question ☺ your name will be entered to win a drawing for a $13 gift certificate at The Hive! $13 will cover the price of a drop-in class or you can apply it towards any of our class passes or unlimited yoga memberships. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, June 4th!! (Can you believe it’s going to be June already?)

Bzzzzzz—Mel

9 Responses to Should I ask? I’m just not sure.

  1. Carrie Masters says:

    I’ve always been taught that the only way to really learn and absorb something is to ask questions, so in my case I have no problem just asking them. Your classes are very laid back and I’ve felt comfortable to just blurt out and ask you! Keep up the great vibe:)

    • Melissa Lopez says:

      This made me giggle: “…I’ve felt comfortable to just blurt out and ask you!” Excited I might get to see you twice in one week!

  2. evelyn otis says:

    I feel like you are very approachable and since The Hive is the only place I have ever done Yoga, then I have no other experience to compare it to. If I ever had something that I was not comfortable bringing up with others around, I know we can chat for a minute after class. <3

  3. John McKenna says:

    I try to limit asking questions as I am afraid it will interrupt other peoples concentration.

    • Melissa Lopez says:

      I totally get what you’re saying AND think it’s a good opportunity to practice staying centered when there’s distractions in the room. Thanks for being considerate of your fellow practitioners!

    • Kell Kidder says:

      I feel the same way. I have sooo many questions, and am such a newbie, I feel like I’m asking trivial questions or things that have already been asked. Not intimidated by the teacher, just don’t want to hold up class!

  4. Liz Oesterman says:

    I love the fact that we can ask questions anytime during belly dancing. i am so thankful that you are teaching us the basics and keeping us safe as well. Long live The Hive and her Queen Bee!

    • Melissa Lopez says:

      This makes me smile! (I just realized that I can reply to your posts-that’s why it’s taken so long!)

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