There is an unspoken fear that is inside us all when we think about attending a Yoga Class.
This fear might be so strong in some of us that it actually stops you from attending a class from time to time or even ever.
Breaking wind, Passing Gas, Letting one Go.
How ever you choose to say it we all Fart from time to time. A yoga class actually increases your possibilities of releasing trapped wind and Here’s why.
If we have Gas trapped within our Intestinal Track we may experience some contractions within this track causing some discomfort. We then inevitably tighten our muscles as we feel the pain. Causing the intestinal pressure to increase ,Not a good way of Letting go,
When we arrive into a Yoga Class we usually start with breath work (Pranayama) This allows us to relax which has a soothing effect on the central Nervous System.
This will help to relax all those muscles that we have no control over like our Digestive system and respiratory system.
Helping to reduce any contractual obstacles that might be standing in the way of our already used “Pranic Breath” trying to leave our bodies.
Then we start with movement.
Maybe a spinal twist which can really help to push out wind as we contract and squeeze through our abdominal area.
Imagine your intestines like a wet tea towel being rung out as you move into a deep twist. We then might move into a squat like position with a wide legged stance something like warrior 2 ( Virabidrassana 2)
Gravity helping and assisting this lost wind that has been trapped inside for a while. Can you imagine how good that would feel to finally find your way towards the light to be free to be aloud to roam and be yourself floating at last, flying high as you always dreamed you could.
Hold on that doesn’t sound much like you imagined how you would feel to Fart in class.
It’s the moment we have all dreaded. Oh No! I hope no-one heard that.
I hope it doesn’t smell. what did I eat last night?
We might feel a bit embarrassed, We might expect everyone to laugh at us. Suddenly full of fear and regret. Wanting to sink into the ground or wishing we never came.
Should I say something? “It was me! Sorry”
The truth is it happens.
If we were truly honoring our bodies, truly in the moment, truly focused inwardly we would let that Fart Roar like a celebration of our mastery over letting go and being present with our bodies needs.
Most of us do not feel comfortable with celebrating our Flatulence, and that’s ok,
If you can remember when that dreaded moment comes, We have all been there. We have all been in down dog and oopps. Out it fly’s!
See it as a progression in your Yoga practice, see it as your Yoga has helped your digestion system.
Maybe you can remember the movements for that time when you have abdominal craps after eating some rich food and instead of reaching for some meds you can do some Yoga.
With over 3.5 Million visits each year to the G.P for I,B,S related symptoms and 10% of the Global Population suffering from I,B,S at any given time, it is more than likely each and every one of us will experience trapped wind or bloating at some point.
So next time your in Yoga and you feel one coming.
Smile, let go and be happy. You truly are a Master in Letting go and rising above insignificance remaining focused and present.
May all your flatulence be Free and you be happy. xx