Alice Van Ness, 35, has been teaching yoga since 2006. As a courtesy, as class begins she says she politely asks students to turn off their phones. But while teaching at the Facebook Fitness Center last month, the northern California native said one student -- who she says had been texting at the beginning of class – began using her phone while she was demonstrating the difficult half moon pose.
"When she picked up her phone, I was surprised," Van Ness told ABC News. "I didn't know what to say. I just looked at her with this look of utter disbelief. Like, 'Really? You're going to do that right now?'"
That look of disapproval cost Van Ness her job with Plus One Health Management, the company that operates the gym out of Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., offices. Two weeks after the incident, Van Ness was dismissed by the company
- I can't believe that anyone would answer their phone or text during what is supposed to be a meditative practice.
- If you can't turn your phone off for a few minutes, you have no business even taking yoga.
- What a whigny, self-absorbed thing it is to complain about being humiliated when your own bad behaviour led to a surprised, disapproving look and a pause in class--the class your phone interrupted.
- I hope this instructor finds students who appreciate the value of yoga.
- If the student was really that embarrassed, she should have taken it up with the instructor rather than running to the company.
- I really wish I could sic YKWIA on the student. She needs to learn what humiliation really is.