Photo by Monica Felix @ www.monicafelix.com

How do you respond to people when they fall out of posture?

Photo by Monica Felix @ www.monicafelix.com

Photo by Monica Felix @ www.monicafelix.com

The first time I took hot yoga, I slipped on my mat and nearly fell on my butt.

But instead of embarrassing me in front of the class, my instructor gently remarked, “Thank you for listening to your body.”

I felt better immediately. She wasn’t critical, she was appraising. She wasn’t harsh; she was constructive. She wasn’t frustrated; she was fascinated. And she wasn’t judgmental; she was thankful.

It was an act of spirit in a moment of struggle.

How do you respond to people when they fall out of posture?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.