The art-craft of teaching yoga
Stinky Yoga Clothes and a Bad Breath?
Wouldn’t you agree that one’s ability to teach a yoga class could be technically powerful, charismatic, and inspired—and it would be good for nothing if one’s yoga clothes smelled and the teacher was attacking his or her students with bad breath?
Someone told me once that they took a weekend intensive with one very well-known and respected yoga teacher. The workshops and classes were great, but there was one problem: the teacher had a horrendously bad breath, which you could smell from three steps away.

I remember that story for many years now and always check myself for smells. I recommend to you to check, too, if you are a professional teacher. Two main problems here:

I. Stinky clothes
As far as the yoga clothes are concerned, after 6-12 months, they simply need to be thrown away. The stink of sweat get into the seams and does not any longer wash out. I suggest 2 things:

  • If you're not sure whether your washed clothes smell bad or not, ask your friend to tell you. Put the clothes under their nose. Ask for an honest opinion.
  • Use different sets of clothes for teaching and different sets for your practice (Hot Yoga teachers, especially!)
II. Bad breath
A prolapsation or a blockage in the colon may lead to bad breath and that would require a cleanse and dietary changes. Other than that, bad breath problems can be handled with a simple self-test and a couple of easy solutions. (Cupping your hands in front of your mouth and exhaling to check for bad breath is not a reliable test.) Here are 2 good self-tests:
1. Lick the back of your hand, and let it dry for a moment, then smell the hand. If it smells bad, you have bad breath
2. Scrape the back of your tongue with a spoon, and let it dry. If it smells bad, you have bad breath.

The surest ways to eliminate bad breath, other than doing a colon cleanse, may be found:
  1. Regularly scrape the back of your tongue from any mucus or phlegm. This can be done with a tongue scraper or toothpaste and toothbrush.
  2. Floss.
  3. Rinse with mouthwash. You should rinse after flossing/brushing. Rinse for about 30 seconds, vigorously. Check the label on the bottle for how much liquid to use and for how long. After rinsing, don't eat or drink anything for 30 minutes.
I hope this is helpful, everyone, and when we cover the basics—we can now shine.
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