Can my Yoga Teacher hear My Thoughts in the Classroom? ~ Samantha King

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on Jun 23, 2011
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Can the teacher hear my thoughts in yoga class?

Short answer: yes.

Most likely, the teacher can’t hear your specific thoughts, per say, but rest assured they can pick up when you are thinking versus when you are completely absorbed in your breath and body awareness.

Can the teacher tell when you are having impure thoughts?




But how? Do yoga teachers have special super powers?

Uh, no. Or, at least not this one. It is simple really. In a good yoga class, the attention is inwards. The energy of the room shifts from let’s call it, the normal mental and visual level to a more inward and intuitive energy.

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A good teacher knows inside and out the feeling of deep, one-pointed, non-judgmental, conscious awareness. Or more simply put, pure consciousness. While teaching, the teacher has feelers out and is receptive to what is going on in their classroom.

The teacher can feel when students are emitting that pure conscious energy. They can tell who is in their zone and who is not.

Whenever a student is not reaching this potential a different sort of energy, a tainted or impure energy is emitted. Aggression and ego have a certain energy. Lust and envy have another energy. Distracted thoughts of past or future emit a sort of lower static or scattered-type of energy.

The other day, I had a couple of new students in my class who were in the front row, barely two feet away from my mat.

Try as I might to lead them to a quieter place within themselves, I could not over-ride their loud thoughts hurdling at me like poison darts as we moved through a variation of sun salutes.

“What the hell is this? What the hell is that? Not this again! Why are we going so damn slow…” the thoughts kept hurdling.

After a while, the fresh prana starts to kick in. Their thoughts start to slow. My energetic shield lowers.

I find that any impure thought in a yoga class environment is amplified, even if the student is just thinking a mild, “what the hell”? The thought still has a direction (at the teacher, at themselves, or a fellow student) and is still received as a poison dart. I bring this up to illustrate how powerful and harmful our thoughts are to our selves and others.

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Impure thoughts are like poison darts. Poison darts, people!

So remember this while practicing yoga: Stop hurting others and yourself by launching poison dart thoughts. Become aware when you are out of your zone and take a deep breath. Refocus.

Even better: Remember your thoughts are powerful on and off the mat. Before you start launching your darts, take a breath. Find your heart center, think: Cupid.

There is nothing sweeter than students emanating Cupid bliss arrows. They are not hurting anyone. They are melting the impurities and knots within, planting new seeds of pure-loving kindness in their bodies.

They move from the heart and their light seems to fill up the room. They may even be helping to purify the energy of the classroom to help you back in your zone.


Samantha King, known in the blog world as The Domestic Yogi (, is a chanting, vibrating, vinyasa-practicing, yogi-Buddhist-mom. She has happily (in an unattached way) found herself sitting in zazen with the Zen Buddhists, enduring 10-day long silent vipassana meditation retreats, powering through some crazy pretzel asanas avec bandhas and breath. Under the guidance of her lama, she has dove full force into the tantric practices of vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism. But that was all before kids. Now she supports her husband at the Lakota Sundance and their other ceremonies, wipes up spit and tries to teach her two kids to value peace, the earth and respect for all things living. Samantha teaches ashtanga-vinyasa yoga, and has found a new love in teaching children and teens yoga.


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14 Responses to “Can my Yoga Teacher hear My Thoughts in the Classroom? ~ Samantha King”

  1. tanya lee markul says:

    Hi Samantha. This was GREAT. I teach one-to-one classes and I feel it's even easier to tap into my students energy. Your article is also a nice remind of Ahisma and these little poisonous darts qualify!! 🙂

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  2. linda buzogany says:

    Poison darts for sure…a real thing. Thanks for bringing it to attention.

  3. I’d like to introduce a way of thinking about those energies in terms of the parts of our personalities they represent… when we are present and embodied in our Self, we feel the purity of that place of awareness and calm… as thoughts arise, as emotions arise, as parts of us are triggered, we can notice a shift in the quality of the energy, and see that Self can become covered, partially or completely. The practice of Yoga is instrumentally helpful in helping us attune to these shifts in our energies and these ways that parts of us become triggered and overlay the innate wisdom of our Self…it is always a practice in awareness and shifting energies and how we mindfully and compassionately deal with those shifts with in ourselves…I fear that just directing ourselves to stop it… will not achieve the required depth of understanding we need…

  4. yogijulian says:

    yea i'd be careful with this one. the metaphor is sweet, the literal interpretation is a little scary and borderline paranoid/idealizing fantasy.

  5. yogijulian says:

    "impure thoughts" save me jesus! oops i mean krishna… 😛

  6. Yogini5 says:

    I'm almost paranoid enough to believe you.

    So, I choose my class formats carefully.

  7. timful says:

    Yeah, she is almost as bad as me: sometimes I fantasize that I can put ideas into people's heads by flapping my tongue to wiggle the hair in their ears!

  8. Ali says:

    I actually can read my students thoughts.

  9. Ali says:

    {{ students' }}

  10. dana marie says:

    pardon my french, but she sounds like a christian.

  11. Linda-Sama says:

    reading energies, absolutely.

    I'm an intuitive. no, not just intuitive. AN intuitive.

    I teach privately and if I sense that someone's energy is "off", I might say "did X happen today with X?" and mention a specific action, not a general one. they usually say "how did you know?!?" or else just look all wide-eyed.

    "it" just oozes off of them…..;)

  12. Carrisa says:

    Ha! You hit the nail on the head!! 😀 lol