14 Embarrassing Yoga Moments

We go to yoga class to find our sense of Zen, to expand our bodies and minds, to release tension and stress. Once in a while, though, we walk off of our mats with a good laugh and an ounce of embarrassment, too.

Yogis and yoginis spoke up and spilled their most embarrassing moments on the mat, and we thought we would share a list that made us laugh out loud. Take a deep breath and get ready to giggle …

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“When I was in Prasarita Padottonasana Variation C, with bound arms overhead, and I realized my hands were up someone’s butt.”  ~Meghan D.

“I realized the value of good quality pants when my cheapos ripped at the crotch ... and I don't wear undies! Good thing it was the end of the class.”  ~Simone R. 

“The time I lifted my leg up in three-legged down dog and kicked someone behind me in the face … right at the beginning of class. Trying to get back to present moment after that was difficult.”  ~Dallas B.

“When I was totally blissed out in plow pose toward the end of class, and let out … a giant … Fart!”  ~Rick E.

“When I rolled out my yoga mat to start my practice, only to realize that there was a lump in my spandex. Class was about to begin. I pulled the lump out to find a thong that soared onto my neighbor’s mat.”   ~Sarah M.

“When I smelled really bad B.O. and it distracted me throughout the class ... and then when I came into extended triangle, I realized it was coming from me.”   ~George H.

"The first time I had the guts to wear yoga shorts to a Bikram class the instructor singled me out to tell me how cute they looked on me. It lasted about 30 seconds and my face NEVER felt so hot in a hot yoga class."  ~Dave V.

“I was totally blissed out at the end of yoga, so much that I forgot what I was doing, lost my focus, and fell over, ending up sideways on my mat, with my neighbor staring at me.”  ~Katie R.

“When I was winding down from a practice in a packed class, and realized my pants were completely see-through, and then the realization that I had shown my booty to 45 other students trying to find their inner peace.”  ~Gabby M.

“When you make a big deal about wanting to practice next to your friend, who is on their way, and ask someone to move their mat over. Your friend never shows up.”  ~Melanie W.

“I went to a yoga class last week, and discovered a hole in the most perfectly wrong place (crotch) at the beginning of class … I should have left, but I didn’t. I just hoped no one else noticed.”  ~Charlotte S.

“I taught an entire class with my pants inside out, which drew nice attention to my Mula Bandha.” ~Alexa Z.

“This one has happened to me dozens of times: When I go to a hot yoga class right after work, and realize after class that everyone is staring at me. Then I look in the mirror and find my mascara has covered my face. Scary.”    ~Cindy T.

“One time I forgot my yoga gear, so I put on a pair of older yoga pants that were in my car and went to class. Then I sat down as class was about to begin, and noticed how cold it felt under me, only to realize I had a large hole in my yoga pants in the wrong place. A LARGE hole. No wonder I hadn’t worn those pants in a long time.”  ~Teresa C.

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If you’re prone to finding yourself in embarrassing yoga moments often, consider finding a studio without mirrors … it may help you tune in deeper to your inner world and focus less on appearance ... and less on the embarrassing moments when they arise.  

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Melissa Eisler

Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor and Writer
Melissa is the Senior Content Strategist at the Chopra Center. Also a yoga instructor, she is passionate about motivating people to live a healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. Melissa is the author of The Type A's Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People , a practical guide for new meditators in the modern world, and the creator of mindfulminutes.com , a personal blog about mindfulness and life balance in the digital age. Melissa teaches Vinyasa classes at her favorite studio in San Diego, meditation and yoga to kids and families in the oncology ward at...Read more