Queefing. One of the most dreadful things that can happen in a silent yoga class. Ugh. Good news is that you don’t have to quit yoga, but we can help you quit the queefing,
Firstly, don’t worry, it’s completely normal for women of all ages to experience this. It has nothing to do with farting or gas.
In a extensive study we conducted with Cal Poly Pomona we found that 43% of women wished they had more control over “queefing”. Moral of the story you aren’t alone, and many women are struggling to find a solution.
In the most simple explanation, queefing happens when your vagina sucks in air and then blows it back out. It especially happens during classes like Yoga and Pilates- because when your hips are in the air changing positions, it makes it a lot easier for air to get inside, however that is – only if your pelvic floor muscle is not engaged.
At Gynie, we stand for being an open place to talk about building a strong and controlled PC Muscle and helping you learn and understand what is happening inside your body.
When you enter your vagina, there are ridges. These ridges are called rugae – and are what causes the air to get trapped into your vagina when it expands in size (during sex), or even when you change yoga positions, stand on your hands or head etc.
The pelvic floor muscle plays a big part in your posture, core, as well as in daily activities like walking and stretching. By strengthening your PC Muscles you are able to effectively squeeze and draw the muscle upward – which also engages and stabilizes the core.
The trick is to not mindlessly squeeze the vagina shut – but to engage your body and mind to focus on the muscle. Focus on holding the muscle up while changing Yoga positions, and slowly release once you are settled. Remember: it is much easier to prevent air from going inside the vagina in the first place – than to stop it from coming out once it is already in there.
A conscious relationship with your PC Muscle will help you control queefing so you can enjoy queef-free yoga classes, handstands, headstands as well as intercourse.