In this past week or so, at hot yoga, there have been a lot of people with the sneezies, the farties, the burps, the noises we usually say, "Excuse me, God bless you," etc., and with the appropriate response. There is a golden rule in Bikram hot yoga that the teacher speaks and the students do not speak. So, there is a time in our polite society when it is inappropriate to say those niceties. The teacher can say, "God bless you," if someone sneezes, but it is completely unnecessary. I have had the burps a lot recently, and some poses on my stomach have had me actually throwing up a little bit on the towel and mat. No one is to come help me, no one is to ask if I am okay. And I am okay.
There is a sense of freedom in breaking the rules of polite society in yoga class. We are to look inward, focus inwardly, and ignore the status quo. I am embracing the freedoms of non-response! After all, what is the punishment or self affliction if I break a few unwritten rules?
What about you? Are you ever feeling risky or free enough to break the rules sometimes? What are your own unwritten rules for yourself? I want to hear from you!