Why You Should Never Skip the End of Yoga Class

As a yoga teacher, I see a lot of shit. Most of the time, I’m okay with how people choose to practice. After all, it’s theirs. They own it and they know better than I do what is good for their bodies and whole selves. Most of the time this is true. But...not all of the time. I mean, I wouldn’t be leading if I didn’t have a bit of expertise, eh? So what’s my damage then? People leaving at the not-quite-end of class!

My biggest pet peeve is the predictable exit of one or two lone wolves right before the literal, most important part of a practice. Savasana. You know the part where you get to take a kinda nap? Yeah, that part. The part that feels oh so amazing because you finally get five damn minutes of reprieve from a neck-breathing boss or demanding kids who are somehow always starving.

As tempted as you may be to pack up your belongings and take your happy ass out the door. Please, I beg you, stay. Yeah, it is hard to take the next few minutes to do what feels like absolutely nothing. Yeah, you may want to avoid traffic. But whether you realize it or not, the whole point of yoga is to gain the ability to be comfortable in silence and stillness. The asanas, the ability to bend your body looks cool on Instagram, but to me, it ain’t yoga. Heresy. I know. And I get it. When you lie down, you’re vulnerable. You are now inviting all those thoughts, anxieties, and angry opinions from a certain frenemy (do people still say that?) in. You are waving your brightly colored “welcome sign” to them all. That’s hard. It is. But it’s the key. You must welcome them in so that you can strip them of any power. The only time all this can occur is during that time, after you’ve gotten bendy and your body requests to chill the eff out. If you leave, you are doing a disservice to yourself. And to the other students and the teacher, but that’s neither here nor there. What I am saying, though, is...don’t leave.

The next time you don your leggings, walk into the class with the intention to stay. If it is as difficult for you to do this as it is for certain sitting president to tell the truth...ask the teacher for help. Let them know that staying and relaxing is a challenge for you, so that they can guide you. That’s why the teacher is there. And by the way, yoga teachers love to help. Seriously. They just don’t love when you leave early!