July 10, 2012 by Roseanne
In our hyper-connected, technology dependent culture, there are few places that are free of cell phones. Yoga classes, in general, tend to be one of those places. Unless you’re talking about yoga classes at Facebook headquarters.
According to SFGate.com, yoga teacher Alice Van Ness was fired after shooting a disapproving glance at a Facebook employee who had disregarded her request to turn off cell phones before classes. Apparently, “saying no to Facebook employees is a no-no.”
“I’m sure my face said it all,” [Van Ness] later said in a blog post. “Really? Your e-mail is more important than understanding your body? It’s more important than taking time for you? It’s more important than everyone else here?”
The student left class for a few minutes to complete her phone business. She later complained to the fitness center’s managers, and two weeks later, Van Ness’ boss called her into the office and fired her.
Van Ness protested at first, but later decided she would be happier elsewhere. Working at tech companies, she routinely found herself dealing with students who came in late, left early, and fidgeted during short meditations. [via SFGate.com]
Do you find it hard to disconnect yourself from your smartphone for the length of a yoga class? For all the yoga teachers out there: have you tried to enforce a similar policy in your yoga classes? How did the students react?