By now, you’ve probably heard about the time a yoga instructor told a class that a student was too heavy.
In a video of the incident, which has since gone viral, the teacher tells students to bend over.
“You can’t bend over like that.
You need to bend down,” the teacher says.
“I want you to bend.”
She then says, “Now bend over.”
Students in the class, who are wearing shorts, don’t immediately comply.
They begin to look like they’re trying to lift the teacher up from the floor, but eventually fall back to the floor.
The teacher then explains that the students are actually too heavy, and that they need to lower their shoulders to lift their bodies up.
“So, we’re going lower the shoulders,” she says, before pointing to the back of the students.
The class falls silent.
But then, the instructor says, as if to signal to everyone else in the room that they are going to lower the hips to lift up, “And if you need to lift your head, do it, you’re too heavy.”
And with that, she puts the class back to its regular position.
According to the Washington Post, the class was in the building at the time, and the instructor was not reprimanded.
But the students were upset and wanted her fired.
“When you see that, it just makes you angry,” said student Kip.
“We’re a group of kids and you have to respect each other, especially when you’re teaching.
We’re students too, you have no right to judge us.”
In the days after the incident was caught on video, several other teachers were caught on camera using the same argument.
The Washington Post reported that a school district in Texas was recently caught using similar arguments to try and get back at a teacher for being too heavy in a class.
The district’s superintendent said that the arguments were taken out of context and were in fact meant to “make students feel better about themselves.”
But the teacher in the video has not been disciplined.
According the Associated Press, she told the class that it was a “mistake.”
“You are the problem,” she said.
“Don’t be a burden.”