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feronia2010-07-04 16:42:57 +0000 #1
I've been doing yoga for over two years but my daily home practice only started about two months ago. I think my home practice has contributed to the progress that I feel I have been making. I can do headstand now as well as other asanas such as the crow. I feel that my body is stronger everyday. However, there are some changes which I find puzzling.

1. I love milk (though I'm a lactose intolerant), and mushroom. Today, I drank some milk with a little coffee and had some mushrooms. In the evening, I did my usual home practice. Afterwards, I began to pass gas so much and so frequently. What do you think went wrong? Is it normal? I do pass gas sometimes during yoga but not as much as today.

2. My friends say and from what I've heard that a yoga practitioner normally has a lean body. My yoga teacher also slim and lean. I know that being slim is not the aim of doing yoga. That's not my aim. However, some of my pants are getting a bit tighter I feel. And I notice that now I wear bigger size of blouses, shirts, T-shirts. From S to M sometimes L. Can yoga contribute to weight-gaining?

Thank you


MBelleK2010-07-04 16:52:37 +0000 #2
I'm certainly no yoga expert, but doesn't lactose intolerance usually cause one to get gas when they ingest dairy? Or was the dairy intake consistent with your usual?

Also, I've been a daily practitioner of yoga (at home) for about 3 months now, and I've noticed that sometimes I seem to have more gas than others when I do a lot of poses involving twisting, or just when I am doing a more intense practice.

I always just assumed that my body was moving things along more efficiently??

Like you, I have always heard of yoga helping with weight control/weight loss, etc. Did you have a more intense workout routine that you have replaced with yoga? For example, if you were running 5 miles a day, and replaced that with 30 mins of yoga -- the yoga might be detrimental as far as weight goes....

But then again, you said that you're doing some pretty difficult poses, (CROW!? ) so I'd imagine you're practice is pretty vigorous, yeah?

Are there other areas of your life that could be contributing? Diet? Stress @ work, etc?
feronia2010-07-04 16:51:57 +0000 #3
I think lactose intolerance causes one to get gas when one ingest dairy yes. Somehow my body seems to accumulate gas easily..

As I said that I had previously had some milk hours before yoga, and as you said that you tend to have more gas when doing poses that involve twisting and when doing a more intense training, then perhaps yesterday, due to the gas accumulated from the milk and the intense practice and twisting, I was perhaps passing a lot more gas than usual, wasn't I? I did quite an intense practice that day.

As for the weight-gaining, the strange thing is, some people notice it and some don't. And I don't feel I have a lot of fat around my waist. Instead, it feels solid. Could it be muscles?

And yes, I do crow more comfortably. And I've been trying to do pincha mayurasana with the help of wall.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 17:47:57 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by feronia



1. I love milk (though I'm a lactose intolerant), and mushroom. Today, I drank some milk with a little coffee and had some mushrooms. In the evening, I did my usual home practice. Afterwards, I began to pass gas so much and so frequently. What do you think went wrong? Is it normal? I do pass gas sometimes during yoga but not as much as today.

That is an odd combination - mushrooms and coffee and milk. I do not advocate the consumption of coffee to my students. Additionally cow's milk is created to grow a small cow into a large cow. Mother's milk is designed to grow a small human into a larger human. Once that is accomplished the need for milk is significantly reduced despite what the Dairy lobby might have you believe. If calcium is a concern then deep, green leafy veggies can provide sufficient amounts of that for healthy bone structure.

Coffee is a diarrhetic and therefore effects the digestive process, tract, and bowels. Try herbal tea with rice milk and mushrooms.

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2. My friends say and from what I've heard that a yoga practitioner normally has a lean body. My yoga teacher also slim and lean. I know that being slim is not the aim of doing yoga. That's not my aim. However, some of my pants are getting a bit tighter I feel. And I notice that now I wear bigger size of blouses, shirts, T-shirts. From S to M sometimes L. Can yoga contribute to weight-gaining?

Absolutely inaccurate. This is the same way Sarvangasana is misunderstood as a stimulator of the immune system. Yoga is a balancer. Some kapha people have larger bodies, bigger bones, fuller frames. It has nothing to do with their ability to evolve, heighten self-awareness, or do asana, pranayama, or meditation, not to mention bringing light into the physical body.

This all presumes everything else is equal. A body out of balance tends to move more out of balance. A body that is in balance tends to crave that which brings it more in balance.

Obviously a student who is eating only ice cream and cookies will not have the same effects in the physical body as a student who has a cleaner diet. I am merely saying that when all other things are equal yoga does not make you slim. That is a complete myth created by crafty marketeers. Some people absolutely need to gain weight while others absolutely need to lose it. Yoga should facilitate both.
Yogamma2010-07-04 18:25:23 +0000 #5
Hi Feronia,

Did u check your increased weight on a weighing scale, if you have then how much has it increased, if it has increased, that is ?

Do you drink warm milk or cold ??

Let me know, i think will be able to elaborate on the reply better if you answer these questions.
feronia2010-07-04 18:21:12 +0000 #6
Hi Yogamma,

Yes I've checked my weight recently coz I feel that I've gained weight.

I have never been really slim since I was a kid. But when I was 25 or so I managed to lose weight and keep it, I think. My weight ranged 48 - 50 kilograms. For the past few months I've started doing home practice, although I began doing yoga about two years ago. Lately I've found strange things such as wearing bigger size of trousers, blouses, shirts and T-shirts. I suspected that I'd gained weight so I checked on a weighing scale and I was right. Now I weigh 53 kilograms despite an hour of home practice yoga daily. But another strange thing is that, though I weigh more that I used to, I feel light at the same time. I can do boat, headstand, crow, which were so hard for me to do before. So when I realised I'd gained weight, I was wondering if there had been something wrong with the way I practice...?

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