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saturdaysun2010-07-04 12:00:41 +0000 #1
Have you had this happen, occasionally I get the urge to fart during my yoga class & I have to hold it in until I'm walking home...then Braaap...

this is kinda embarrassing as sooner or later its just going to bust out
xela2010-07-04 12:05:43 +0000 #2
It's very normal. You might find a bit more peace during your practice if you get up and excuse yourself to umm...take care of business in the restroom. Then you can go back and enjoy the class without having to hold anything in.
David2010-07-04 12:44:17 +0000 #3
It's too bad that such a natural, healthy bodily action has become a negative in our culture.

As we begin to let go of the false self, we start to stop minding how other people judge us and do what feels right. A good yoga teacher can also create that safety in a class.

If someone farts when I'm teaching, I'll say something along the lines of, "It's a sign of an advanced yogi to rest when you need to, fart when you need to, release emotion when you need to, and be fully here". That will usually deflate any sense of embarrassment.
Whoa Oh2010-07-04 13:06:06 +0000 #4
Yeah there are a lot of poses that release gas ..

I think its part of the pose and stretch and don't really care what others think. No shame!
justwannabe2010-07-04 13:21:32 +0000 #5
I have been in classes where farting has been cheered, it is kind of funny when that happens

Some also call farting in class an ego erradicator. Next time the urge arrises, let it rip.

we are one in the same

brother neil
Alix2010-07-04 12:34:35 +0000 #6
saturdaysun, might I suggest a very light meal of fruit or soup about 2 hours before yoga class? It might relieve that bubble you need to control.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 14:41:50 +0000 #7
I'm absolutely relieved that someone mentioned diet in their reply. Thank you Alix.

It is not that flatulence is wrong or inappropriate. It is, of course a bodily reaction. However it is a bodily reaction to a method of eating, chewing, digesting, or combining. It should not be confused with a bodily function like respiration and evacuation which you can not survive without.

Furthermore I'd question whether we, in our zeal to make it "ok" should really be referencing it as "farting" since that lends a certain juvenile air to the discussion.

Just as a student who is always late might examine their habits and behaviors leading up to such a thing, so too would a gaseous student look at the causes and habits leading to that. Of course if you have to, you have to and there should be no fear of reproach upon so doing.
David2010-07-04 15:29:59 +0000 #8
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It is not that flatulence is wrong or inappropriate. It is, of course a bodily reaction. However it is a bodily reaction to a method of eating, chewing, digesting, or combining. It should not be confused with a bodily function like respiration and evacuation which you can not survive without.

As you know, flatulence is a natural mechanism that is affected, in part, by diet. However, holding it in can lead to pathological distension of the bowel which isn't very good.

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Furthermore I'd question whether we, in our zeal to make it "ok" should really be referencing it as "farting" since that lends a certain juvenile air to the discussion.

While "farting" is an english vulgarism, who cares?



We don't need to promote excessive seriousness on this forum (as long as the lighter air doesn't lead to misinformation) as there is plenty of that in "real" life.

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Just as a student who is always late might examine their habits and behaviors leading up to such a thing, so too would a gaseous student look at the causes and habits leading to that.

Very good point and one I hadn't really pondered much in the past. Thank you.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 15:07:56 +0000 #9
Okay I'll go another round with you David just to see your cards

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As you know, flatulence is a natural mechanism that is affected, in part, by diet. However, holding it in can lead to pathological distension of the bowel which isn't very good.

Diarrhea and vomiting are also "natural mechanisms" are they not? And as you can read from my last line in the previous post I made no suggestion to hold that which demands its own release. <wink>

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While "farting" is an english vulgarism, who cares?



We don't need to promote excessive seriousness on this forum (as long as the lighter air doesn't lead to misinformation) as there is plenty of that in "real" life.

You ask so I reply. The only persons who would care are those who comprehend that to refine the language is to refine the mind. Who cares if your kitchen sink is dirty? Only those who comprehend that one could not possible be mindful of their relationships if they are not first mindful of their dishes.

There are some things (for yoga) that while they are fine, acceptable, ok, nice, no big deal, they may not empower yoga. For example is it "ok" to grab or is grabbing ahimsa? It is "ok" to not put your mat away neatly but does that empower yoga? Should these things just pass, pun intended.

So I'd ask whether the reduction of vulgarisms empower yoga (for you, each reader) or whether the addition of vulgarisms do. I am not attached to the answer (for you) but I have the one I need for me.

As for "excessive seriousness, I suggest it may have been wholly appropriate seriousness. When we claim something is "merely a bodily function" in order to rationalize the behavior THEN use a vernacular that makes it childish we minimize the original point. And the original point should stand - it is fine to pass gas in class and it should not affect the class even in the slightest bit one way or another as it is not a joke but a bodily function - by our own admission.

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Very good point and one I hadn't really pondered much in the past. Thank you.

As are yours and I'm grateful you shared them.
David2010-07-04 15:29:30 +0000 #10
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Okay I'll go another round with you David just to see your cards

Hahah, thanks! Have I told you how much I love your presence? We obviously differ yet I find myself thoroughly enjoying who you are.

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Diarrhea and vomiting are also "natural mechanisms" are they not? And as you can read from my last line in the previous post I made no suggestion to hold that which demands its own release. <wink>

Point taken.

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You ask so I reply. The only persons who would care are those who comprehend that to refine the language is to refine the mind. Who cares if your kitchen sink is dirty? Only those who comprehend that one could not possible be mindful of their relationships if they are not first mindful of their dishes.

I find myself not so much working to refine my language as letting go of my attachments or predefined beliefs as to what certain words mean.

If I spend 3 hours a day cleaning my sink to make sure every speck of dirt is gone I'm guessing I'm just as unhealthy as someone who lets their dishes grow fuzzy stuff.

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There are some things (for yoga) that while they are fine, acceptable, ok, nice, no big deal, they may not empower yoga. For example is it "ok" to grab or is grabbing ahimsa? It is "ok" to not put your mat away neatly but does that empower yoga? Should these things just pass, pun intended.

I guess it depends why we feel the need to neatly put away the mat. Are we doing that because we prefer it that way, or because we have been conditioned as such. I prefer (at this point in my practice) to be mindful of WHY I feel the need for such action. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "grab" so I glossed over that

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So I'd ask whether the reduction of vulgarisms empower yoga (for you, each reader) or whether the addition of vulgarisms do. I am not attached to the answer (for you) but I have the one I need for me.

I definitely respect that your answer differs from mine. In the end, that's what it is about. What is yoga for each of us. As long as we're not BSing ourselves, then we should do what is right for us.

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As for "excessive seriousness, I suggest it may have been wholly appropriate seriousness. When we claim something is "merely a bodily function" in order to rationalize the behavior THEN use a vernacular that makes it childish we minimize the original point. And the original point should stand - it is fine to pass gas in class and it should not affect the class even in the slightest bit one way or another as it is not a joke but a bodily function - by our own admission.

The interesting thing is, I really don't view the word "fart" as childish or all that vulgar. It has been defined as such by many in the past, but I'm guessing newer generations who are used to the word view it less so. Hurray for change, the only constant.



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As are yours and I'm grateful you shared them.

Thanks bud
mikesbytes2010-07-04 14:51:41 +0000 #11
If you think your at risk another thing you can do is to empty just before class

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