Ask the Teacher: B.O. in Class

Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for a day, a week, or month, we all have questions. It can be daunting to approach your teacher after class, so we’re bringing the expert to you! This week, Brittany Policastro, Philadelphia-based yoga teacher, facilitator, writer and founder/director of Beyond Asana, answers a few questions from our readers. Do you have a question? Let us know in the comments section below!

The guy next to me had the WORST body odor during class. All I could smell was onions. Have you ever had to address this with a student? It was so distracting!
– Lauren L., Bryn Mawr, PA

Yes, this is a really unfortunate situation that I experienced myself a few months ago. I was practicing hot yoga and the student next to me had REALLY stinky feet. It was baaaad. I found myself not only distracted but pissed off. Not at her exactly, just at the fact that I couldn’t take a deep breath and that is the ENTIRE POINT OF YOGA! 🙂 I wound up going into the other room, grabbing some lemon essential oil from my bag and rubbing it all over my shirt. Then I would smell it when I needed a little relief. 

But I have never talked to any one student about this issue. I find that often it’s not very consistent. Every now and then it will happen and sometimes we just need to deal. Because here’s the thing, our yoga classes will not always be perfect. Sometimes you will realize you wore a shirt that keeps riding up, or it’s too cold in the room or too hot or you don’t like your spot or your yoga mat is slippery. I could go on and on. The yoga practice is here to meet us where we are and really we need to also meet the practice exactly where it is. Even when it really stinks. 

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 5.23.22 PMKnown as a Stevie Wonder-loving, truth-speaking change-agent who bagged law school to pursue a creative thirst, Brittany T. Policastro rarely follows the pack – on or off the mat. She is a yoga teacher, facilitator, writer and the founder/director of Beyond Asana and has been teaching a creative and soul-stirring combination of Vinyasa and alignment-based yoga for 12 years. She writes for the Huffington Post and her own blog- The Breakthrough Blog which you can find at www.livingbeyondasana.com. Brittany loves dancing,  food prepared with love, reading every night and is currently working on her first book. Connect with Brittany on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

Known as a Stevie Wonder-loving, truth-speaking change-agent who bagged law school to pursue a creative thirst, Brittany T. Policastro rarely follows the pack - on or off the mat. She is a yoga teacher, facilitator, writer and the founder/director of Beyond Asana and has been teaching a creative and soul-stirring combination of Vinyasa and alignment-based yoga for 12 years. She writes for the Huffington Post and her own blog- The Breakthrough Blog which you can find at www.livingbeyondasana.com. Brittany loves dancing,  food prepared with love, reading every night and is currently working on her first book. Connect with Brittany on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube