Injury Prevention – It’s all in the Anus

OK, 1st off, you will not see any photos in this post.  I hope the title gives you a clue as tow why.

2nd off, I’m not being vulgar.  I’m repeating a term my yoga instructor said the other day.  Here’s the skinny…

We were doing some pose or another and she said we need to tighten our anuses.  OK, first she said the yoga phrase for it…then the English translation.

I googled it and it does exist.

She also said she’s a medical professional in her day job and the most common injury she sees is the back. She then said if we practiced tightening our anuses, we wouldn’t get hurt.  I’m not talking clenching the core or booty cheeks…She meant anus.

Now I’ve been practicing yoga for like 8 years now.  I’ve heard a lot of unexpected stuff from instructors.  But this one caught me off guard.  I’m not complaining.  I’m open to whatever.  But the comedian in me was all in.  This lead me to imagining a bunch of questions…

Will my anus be sore tomorrow?  Will it eventually get ripped?  Will I finally be comfortable enough to show it off at the beach?  And so on…

Anyway, I have some more sessions coming up with this particular instructor, so we’ll see what she brings next.  Until then, keep your booty hole tight!

Any yogis out there have advice on this?  Any other unique yoga terms you’ve heard?  Any advice for mastering this technique? Any other comedian questions?



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51 thoughts on “Injury Prevention – It’s all in the Anus

  1. I have no words. *wanders off with a clenched anus*

  2. Ha! This is a new one to me too. But whatever floats your boat….

  3. Um…. I’ve got nothing.

  4. sindel17


  5. Wow, that’s ummm, interesting. My mind would have gone to so many inappropriate places. Probably beginning with “that’s what she said”.

  6. I really, really didn’t want to read this. I’m SO happy there were no pictures.

  7. Never heard of this, but I am laughing, shrugging, and smiling all at once.

  8. Wow. It’s hard to imagine what kind of impact one’s anus can have on one’s yoga practice. And anyone who says they didn’t try to “tighten their anus” while reading this post is a liar.

  9. Jane Likes to Run

    I would not have been able to contain myself and would have burst out into laughing snorts or peed myself if my yoga inductor did that. Oh man. There are just too many places to take the jokes about anis clenching.

  10. All jokes aside, I’m having trouble seeing the benefit of this…

    • I’m not sure. They always say “udiamida (sp?) tight belly” in class, but I hadn’t heard this one before. I guess it couldn’t hurt?

  11. AHahhaha! No pictures? Dammit! lol! Fun stuff! I’m curious to find out more. Bring it on!

  12. You gotta let me know how this “clenching” works out for you. On second thought, you don’t need to let me know.

  13. Yikes, not a yoga guy but I can see how that phrase could catch anyone off guard. BTW my inner child would of went crazy with that one too lol.

    • LOL, it did surpirse me a bit. They are always mentioning specific body parts to focus on – corners of mouth, fingers, etc. But wasn’t ready for ‘anus’

  14. I assume this wasn’t one of those poses where she was correcting anyone’s form, because I assume this isn’t visible? OR IS IT…?

  15. LOL, I have NOT heard this, but it does not surprise me. They are lots of times it’s beneficial to tighten things… in that region 😉

  16. Oh my gosh – the title of this post. Haha. Were you able to stay zen and not laugh out loud when she said this? I don’t think I could have… I’m just not that mature.

    • Haha, no, we def broke our zen. It didn’t help that I was surrounded by friends who all looked at eachother. Hahaha, crazy!

  17. LOL. this is new to me too!

  18. I spit out my Diet Coke when I read this post title. I have never, ever, ever heard anything like this, but strangely now I really want to take her class.

    • LOL, I’m glad I could get that reaction! Haha, yet another reason for you to visit – I’ll add ‘anus yoga class’ to race, tacos, salt bar, wine mile.

  19. um, seriously?

  20. I tried it in my yoga class this evening with the chair pose and cobra poses. I’m used to holding my core tight so it was a challenge.

  21. Haven’t heard that before! I can’t help but laugh!

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  23. I think it is safe to say that once I get my yoga teaching certification and start teaching classes, I will never use that phrase….but crap, now that I read it, will it linger in my head?!?! Tucked away in the back until one day I am teaching a yoga class and out of no where I say it?!?! CRAP, I feel like I may be doomed now!

    • Haha, why not? Please do and tell us about it!!! Haha, yes, she said it AGAIN this past week. Said it’s how ‘yogis fly’. So maybe you need to look into it! 😉

  24. Just think of all the collecting anus clenching that happened as we all read this post!
    Been doing yoga for about 6 years now – never heard of anus clenching.

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