Good luck to any other yoga studio that you turn up at, Tessa. What most of the rest of the students remember about what happened that day was the very loud argument you were having with your boyfriend in Tesco and then outside our front door before you came in. Do you think that may have had a bearing on your state of mind for your class?
To explain some points to anyone else reading this "review"
1) Some emergency work needed to be done before I taught class, and so I had another teacher take pranayama at the start of class. Having two teachers involved in teaching a class is a very unusual scenario. (Not quite sure how I could have been involved in a "constant dialogue" "for the first 15 min" though because I wasn't actually there.)
2) We know all our students here and we will give you corrections using your name. However, we do not do a whole lot of barking.
3) Students sometimes need to sit down in class to recover, and that is something that we explain is perfectly fine to do when you need to. You can remain focused and calm and still play your part in the class around you. Very rarely do students need to lie down. So if a student lies down in class, we'll check in with them and tell them it's best to sit first. It's quite obvious to an experienced teacher if a student needs to lie down because they have become faint.
4) If a student really does not feel well then managing that within the room is far safer than having someone leave unsupervised and faint onto a hard surface, and so we encourage students to stay in the room where they can be safe and there are techniques that can be used to help them recover.
5) Tessa's boyfriend, James, came back for a second class two days later.
p.s. Tessa, the female teacher who was giving you corrections won the UK Yoga Asana Championship the following week, so she knows what she's talking about. In fact, the studio took four out of the top six places in the men's and women's events which suggests that we are doing something right.