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Letter from the Director | The September Edition 2017

This month’s letter is more a request for support than anything else.

I am proposing a new holiday, of sorts. Not a holiday in the literal definition, but rather a new day of recognition, such as World Water Day (March 22), International Day Of Yoga (June 21) and World AIDS Day (December 1).

A serious proposal is now being drawn up to submit to UNESCO to recognize the second Wednesday of every September as World Fart-Out-Loud Day. On this day, all peoples of the world will be encouraged to allow for the very natural body function of flatulence (farting) to ring loud and true. Consider it a societal let-go that is long overdue.

In terms of bodily mechanics, farting is caused by the internal buildup of gases formed during the always combined process of digestion and respiration. The creation of this gas, how it develops within the digestive tract and its frequency varies considerably depending on the person and their short and long term health and dietary circumstances.

Despite being one of the oldest words in the English dictionary, much of our society resists even addressing the subject of farting let alone allowing it to naturally occur, yet farting is in most cases harmless and actually required to allow for healthy metabolic function.

A generally healthy person may pass gas 14–18 times per day, and although most of these farts go unnoticed by its producer, it is all too common to restrain this natural energetic flow in the body depending upon the person’s social conditioning and immediate social setting.

At what cost though?

Similar to restraining other bodily functions such as sneezing or urinating, the intentional blocking of gas creates physical pressure in the body which negatively affects all our vital organs on some level. This includes the brain, both on the physical plane as unhealthy pressure is sent up the spine into the skull, but also mentally as fear-based energetic blockages produce negative mental tension and related unease throughout the entire body. Like damming a river that needs to flow to the sea, hindering this natural energetic flow is unhealthy physically, mentally and spiritually. A regular yoga practice can show us how such undetected/neglected/unnecessary pressures affect our body and our mood.

Consider how the arrival of this day each September can humorously support people in softening social tensions, be it a freshly collected classroom of school children, a high-stress board meeting or a political setting with vastly opposing views. It’s a wonderful leveler and a tool for connection as we remind ourselves that everybody farts.

World Fart Out Loud Day can become an opportunity for everyone to notice how and why even our subtlest and silliest restrictions distance us from being able to simply relax more with each other and with ourselves, and in a fun and funny way. To let go in this way might seem laughable and even juvenile, yet consider the courage required to give our bodies this kind of permission; permission to operate more naturally, and permission to have fun while doing it. And where could be a better place to launch this initiative than the practice room at Moksha Yoga Bloor West this September 13th?

Smell you in the practice room,



16 Responses to “Letter from the Director | The September Edition 2017”

September 02, 2017 at 12:39 pm, nicole nitti said:

Did you know that “fart” is “not a word in the english language” according to the scrabble dictionary?- ridiculous!!!


December 02, 2017 at 11:21 pm, Don Christensen said:

I will never play scrabble again!


September 02, 2017 at 12:43 pm, Lisa said:

This is absolutely gross!
I’ll NEVER go back to your studio !


December 02, 2017 at 11:16 pm, Don Christensen said:

Hi Lisa,
This article is intended as a message of support and I’m sorry you don’t see it that way. Thank you for your patronage and MYBW wishes you well.


September 02, 2017 at 12:53 pm, Dame CJScott said:

Everyday is International Fart Out Loud Day at our house.

Carry on.


December 02, 2017 at 11:16 pm, Don Christensen said:

I salute you all!


September 02, 2017 at 1:05 pm, Megan said:



September 02, 2017 at 1:18 pm, Andy said:

This sound like every day at my house🙏


September 02, 2017 at 2:17 pm, Megan said:

Not so Silent Moksha….
with Music???


December 02, 2017 at 11:17 pm, Don Christensen said:



September 03, 2017 at 6:57 am, You Know Who said:

Silent (but deadly) Moksha w/Live “Musical Fruit Orchestra”


December 02, 2017 at 11:17 pm, Don Christensen said:

Watch for it in the upcoming schedule changes!


September 03, 2017 at 8:39 am, Agnieszka said:

Brilliant and really funny. Thank you Don.
Agnieszka 😊


December 02, 2017 at 11:18 pm, Don Christensen said:



September 03, 2017 at 3:16 pm, Michelle Phillips said:

Ha ha Don! What a funny coincidence that your newsletter should discuss farting. I’ve been talking a lot about it in my classes lately too (in fact, just yesterday I was joking about how wind-relieving is one of my favourite poses because who doesn’t want to release a little gas in their yoga class?! 😂). In all seriousness, this is an aspect of your teaching that has always resonated; talking about the stuff we all think about but are maybe afraid to voice and shedding light on the small taboos that are common to us all and in our efforts to ignore their existence, they become harbingers of the elements of our practice we need to pay attention to. So, I for one, am in support of World Fart Out Loud Day!!!
Happy Sunday! Miche P 😊


December 02, 2017 at 11:20 pm, Don Christensen said:

Thank you, Miche. Miss you and your teaching (as do others here!).



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