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2/8/10 11:15 A

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I agree that asking if it's ok is a good idea beforehand, but I think I can completely understand the feeling. I don't have a Yoga teacher, but I know Yoga is a very spiritual and emotional practice and I can definitely understand having that kind of connection with someone instructing you. I'm also a hug-type-of- person, so that might have something to do with it too : )


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2/7/10 8:45 P

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My advice is don't hug, but do tell your instructor how much you liked the class and why.

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2/6/10 1:08 P

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Hi 4evrclover,
not bad advice, necessarily... but some of us have a bit of a body-language-reading-impairment... even those of us who normally are pretty good at reading body language can get overwhelmed by our own enthusiasm and forget to pay attention... I have known people who are reluctant to 'ward off' hugs with stiff body language or upraised "stay away" arms -- who accept hugs when they are given -- but who really don't enjoy them at all and given the opportunity would say no to one. People have different tolerances for physical contact, and I believe it is *always* wise to check in verbally before a 'first hug'. A simple "may I give you a hug?" while still just at the edge of the "personal space zone" gives a person the opportunity to say, "I'd rather not" or "No, I have a cold and I don't want to give you my germs" or, "Of course, I love hugs".
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2/6/10 12:11 P

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I have been a Yoga Instructor for many years and personally love when people express to me their appreciation with hugs or verbally. I think you just need to read the instructor (body Language etc) and get a sense that way if they would be accepting of your physical contact.

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2/5/10 8:46 P

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Do you see other people hugging the instructor? That might help you decide. If you don't, just ask. I think it's totally normal to feel that way.

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2/4/10 5:14 P

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Good to ask, of course, but I bet a hug would be much appreciated. As a yoga teacher I get and give hugs all the time. They are some of the highlights of my days! I say hugs all around!

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1/27/10 7:52 A

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emoticon I would go with your feeling!

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1/26/10 3:38 P

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Follow your heart! Always a good idea to ask before hugging, imho, since different people have different hug tolerance. Wonderful that you are connecting that way!


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1/26/10 3:00 P

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Oh I agree. It's always a good idea to ask before you hug anybody, unless you already know them really well.

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1/26/10 2:47 P

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I might ask first. One of my instructors is happy to hug; another asks us to tell her if we prefer not to be touched when she's checking our form, and so we know that we probably shouldn't hug her. Oddly enough, I feel closer to the second in my head.

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1/26/10 1:21 P

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Sounds pretty normal to me. I've hugged several of my teachers, especially after a particularly helpful class. My advise; if it feels right, go for it.

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1/26/10 1:17 P

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I just started yoga classes and after class I get the strong urge to hug the instructor. Is this normal? Can I ask her if it is ok to hug her?

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