Toadette Posted March 1, 2006 Report Share Posted March 1, 2006 I've recently been taking a class called 'stretch' at a popular studio (not where I dance ballet). It seems to be yoga mainly, mixed with other things, although I've never taken yoga so I wouldn't know. The idea was to improve my flexibility for ballet, and it also provides an upper-body workout which was an unexpected benefit. I really enjoy the class, but when I mentioned it to my ballet teacher she was a bit concerned. I think this was mainly because she knew the teachers and didn't really trust their knowledge of the body. She was particularly unhappy with one of them (though he's not the regular teacher). My partner also says he knew a physiotherapist who said a lot of her patients were injured from the local yoga class (not my class, this was in a different country). I said I wouldn't go back to the guy she had the biggest problem with, but I don't want to cut stretch out altogether. I don't know if my teacher's concerns come mainly because she has unrealistically high standards - I mean, we'd all love to have the best teacher in the world sometimes that's not practical. Can anyone else share experiences of stretch classes/yoga...have you had good experiences, or injuries? Do ballet teachers generally have concerns about yoga teachers? Quote Link to comment
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