The BIG reason people are scared of doing yoga?
Sometimes it can take a little persuading to try something new. Expectations, fear of the unknown or fear of failure can all come into play when venturing into unknown territory.
However, there’s one big reason people are scared of doing yoga. And it’s probably not what you think…
Not being familiar with class structure, falling our of a posture or standing at the front of the class; these are all possible options for avoiding class, but they’re not the one we’re talking about.
The main reason people avoid yoga is… a fear of farting in class.
We hope you haven’t just choked on your oat milk latte, but it’s true: it’s been said that 1 in 3 people fear breaking wind in class. This begs the question, is silent but violent worse than an echoing eruption for all to hear?
Better in than out
It’s well known that there are postures specifically to support digestion.
Bridge pose will stimulate your abdominal organs. This mild inversion helps your blood flow, making you feel more energised. Spinal twists will massage and tone your abdomen—great therapy for gas, bloating, and constipation. As your nervous system relaxes, so will your body and digestion.
Wind Removing Pose
The mother of all digestion postures. Knees hugged to chest or “Apanasana”. How to do it: lie down, relax and inhale, placing your hands on your knees. Exhale, and hug your knees to your chest. Rock your knees from side to side to maximise the stretch. Stay for five to ten breaths, and release your knees. Repeat this move a few more times.
How to handle farting in class?
You’re deep in a happy baby stretch and there’s gentle yin-type music playing. Everyone has worked hard. And then… rip! You’ve broken wind at a silent moment. It’s the fear.
What do you do now? Really, you don’t have to do anything. If it happens then so what? Nine times out of ten, nobody cares and if they do, then they are paying far too much attention to your practice and not enough on their own.
What can I do about it?
If it becomes a bigger issue, then take a look at your diet and think about skipping those beans at lunch time. You’re always welcome to leave the room, if you feel a stomach gurgle coming on.
Overall, whilst we encourage focus in class, we’re not set on everyone being deadly serious. A little wind never hurt anyone. After all, one of our Fierce Grace Brixton phrases is “Laugh Trying”. We’d rather you faced the farting fear than missed out on all the Hot Yoga joy going on!
See you on that mat!
Did you know we have a class specifically for beginners? It’s called SOB and you’ll find it every Sunday at 12:45.