How to Handle a Fart in Yoga Class

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It happens to almost every yoga practitioner at some point: You’re contorting yourself into a pose when you let one rip. Here’s what to do next — and how to help prevent future flatulence.

Step 1: Pre-emptive farts
Before yoga class, do a few pre-emptive farts by practicing poses that tend to stimulate them — like extended knee to nose and locust.

Step 2: Ignore it
Didn’t get all the gas out? If one escapes during class, simply ignore it. Passing gas is extremely common with yoga. In fact, odds are at least one other person will toot before the class is over — and you can be assured most everyone else is trying to suppress one.

Step 3: Cover it up
If you react fast enough, try covering it up with a hacking cough, a vigorous sneeze, or a loud exhale.

Step 4: Blame someone else
Throw the person nearest you under the bus by pretending the fart came from them. This can easily be achieved by turning to them and saying loudly, “Don’t worry about it! It happens to everyone.”

Attend a yoga class that allows dogs so you can blame your fart on the nearest animal.

Step 5: Practice wind-relieving pose
If flatulence is a problem outside yoga class as well, practice the wind-relieving pose in private — designed to do exactly what it says. Then, give some thought as to whether or not fitness classes in enclosed spaces are right for you.

Did You Know?
The average person farts about 14 times a day.

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