People fart in yoga ALL. THE. TIME. Google "farting in yoga" and you'll see it's a thing. Just to be clear--there is the passing-gas-butt-fart. Then there is the "queeb" or the vagina fart or the vaginal flatulence.
There is no way around farting in yoga. Many of the asanas, or the physical poses in yoga, are designed to aid digestion and to work toxins out of the body.
Poses like hero pose or knee to chest pose help align sphincters and massage internal organs. This means that all that expensive Lululemon gear will not protect you from tooting during a class. You may look cute and you are going to FART.
That's the beauty of yoga. The physical practice pushes and releases toxins, energy, gas, emotions.....everything....out of the body that isn't serving the body. The body is cleansed, re-aligned, and restored during the practice in order to live out a deeper compassion and gentleness in the world. Yoga gets rids of the crap in order for compassion, mindfulness, and awareness to take over.
Farting in the name of justice. That's yoga.
Which makes me wonder.....
Is anyone farting in worship? Does liturgy expel, release, push out of our bodies that which isn't serving us? Are we using our bodies in worship to the point that our body releases?
More like worship has us sitting in the pews with our bodies wondering, 'when will this human get up and move so I can get rid of all this #$)(*()# that needs to go?"
What would it be like to have liturgy that makes us fart? I know. It sounds kind of silly just to type that out. But really. What would it mean to have liturgy that makes us sweat, work, take us to our physical edge and the body responds with a release? Could we fart in front of each other and not be embarrassed? Do we have that type of vulnerability in worship? Or would some respond with "we don't do that kind of thing in worship." Or "farting is disrupting MY worship." Or better yet the adult passive aggressive body language could kick-in and we could glare at the farting folk among us.
The sanctuary would certainly smell different. The familiar sounds of worship would change. The conversations afterward would be different. "I totally farted today. Did you hear it during our 3-part harmony of "What Does the Lord Require of Us? My fart hit the beat."
Farting during yoga. It happens. It's supposed to happen. What is supposed to happen and/or not happen with our bodies in worship? Who decides what's supposed to happen with our bodies in worship? What norms have been created in sanctuary space that we only do "certain" things with our bodies? Who created these norms?