How to Deal with a Too-Touchy Yoga Instructor


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Q: How do you handle an overly touchy yoga teacher? —Lisa, Sacramento, CA

A: Hands-on adjustments are actually quite common in yoga and, when given appropriately, can benefit practitioners at every level (by ensuring proper body alignment, safely allowing you to go deeper into a pose). That said, you know your body best. If you ever feel unsure or violated, ask the teacher to stop or even express that you’d prefer not to be adjusted at all. If you receive a defensive reaction, then this is not the teacher for you. —Kathryn Budig, yoga instructor and author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. Follow her at

For more answers to your biggest questions, check out our Ask Anything column in the March 2015 issue of Women’s Health, on sale now.

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