With all of the crazy gymnast-like poses we try to contort our bodies into during yoga class, the last thing we want to worry about is controlling our gas. Unfortunately, depending on the type of class you’re in, it’s inevitable that you’ll be in a position that will “wring out the dukkha” (as your yoga teacher may call the inner junk). Or leave you vulnerable to the possibility of letting it all go. If you’re worried about passing gas in class there are a few things you can do to help make it less of an issue:
1 – Be careful of what you’re eating the day of your class. Beans, broccoli, cauliflower and fibrous foods make your belly grumble on their own. Why make it worse by squishing your inner organs a bit in all those forward folds?
2 – It may seem like a no brainer but if you feel like you may need to use the bathroom before class, take the time to relieve yourself before stepping into the space. You don’t want to sink down into a twisted squat and feel those stomach pangs.
3 – Along the same lines, if you’re mid-class and feel the urge, quietly step out of the class. While it can be embarrassing to remove yourself from yoga, it is safe to say that many of us are likely to be more bothered by that uncomfortable bodily function.
4 – If you feel like you might be a student who is constantly trying to control your gas, give yourself a warm-up. If there are positions where you always find yourself trying to hold it in, do those before you get to the studio. A five to ten minute warm-up at home may be just the release you need.
5 – Finally, if this is a major concern for you there is always the option of at-home videos. Try different teachers to find the style and voice you like. There are so many options out there that your practice shouldn’t suffer because of your gas.