18 Mar
Namaste (and You Need Deodorant)

It’s Guest Post Friday! Otherwise known as our favorite day of the week because the Housewives can go get spraytanned while someone else does our heavy lifting. And today we’re especially honored to welcome the superbly funny and witty Betsy who blogs at   Graymatter-matter.blogspot.com. She also does über-cool stuff that will rock your world over at Digitwirl.com. But the reason I love Betsy so much is because one great night in Boston, we drank a lot of wine and talked about a naked Michael Chiklis. Ahhhh, Chiklis. Thank you, Betsy! — Wendi

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

I’ve been going to a new yoga place near my house. A lot of the other moms at school go there, too, and I’ve become friendly with one of the women in particular. We usually try to put our mats next to each other and talk before class. I like her a lot, however…she has horrible B.O. and it’s making me sick. How can I arrange it so I’m not next to her without offending her? I don’t know her well enough to tell her the truth.


Gagging At Hatha


Dear Gagging at Hatha,

First question: Do we ever know anyone well enough to tell them they reek like a Calcutta cab driver? Second question: Does she come into class ripe or is that after an hour of downward dogs in a Bikram inferno?

I actually would submit that when you don’t know someone that well, it’s the perfect time to tell them about gaffs in personal hygiene. But if you’re not comfortable with that, I would go the route of chatting before class, and then tell her that you’ve been having trouble with your child’s pose and need to put yourself in a different location.

Then, and this is the important part, tell her you’ll stop by after class to catch up some more. After you finish your last “ommmm,” bolt out of there and tell her you forgot a meeting, but that you should grab coffee one morning. (Presumably she’ll arrived showered and Summer’s Eve fresh).

If that fails, then I recommend rubbing patchouli oil under your nose and getting your Zen on. However, next time you’re in tree pose, turn your head ever so slightly to the left. It’s possible that what your actually smelling is yourself.


Betsy, Guest TMH

10 Responses to “Namaste (and You Need Deodorant)”


Comment by Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up).

Wow…this is a tough one. I’ve never had to tell anybody they stink but i will say that some of my favorite women really, really sweat at the gym. So, if she smells all the time i would maybe talk to her but if it’s just at the gym, get over it.

That’s just my opinion.


Comment by skchord.

I worked with a gentleman once who reaked of horrible BO. It got so bad that eventually I said something to the boss because I was too embarassed to say something to my coworker. My boss already knew and had multiple complaints from other employees as well. They ended up sending the guy home that day and telling him he needed to up his hygiene regiment. I felt aweful…we all knew what he was going home. I wish I’d had the courage to pull him aside and tell him in private so it wasn’t such a big to-do. Turns out, this guy had a condition that he couldn’t help. I would suggest telling her, perhaps in a funny way about how you have to put on extra deodorant before you work out! Good luck! 🙂


Comment by Jane's Junk and Treasures.

Wow I thought people farting in yoga was bad.

Try lavender oil under your nose. My instructor puts it on our foreheads during nap time at the end of class.
Kind of creepy, like a yoga baptismal, but the smell stays with you all day.


Comment by dusty earth mother.

I had this exact problem in Bootcamp. I talked to the teacher and he put out a very GENERAL announcement, “It’s getting warm in here and let’s all do each other a favor and wear lots of deodorant!” Big smile! Communal laugh! Problem solved!


Comment by Heather, TMH.

People fart in yoga? I’ve finally found an exercise tailor made for me!


Comment by Jane's Junk and Treasures.

Heather it’s not a rule to fart in yoga, it just happens to some.

All that bending gets the gases moving……some women fart and never come back. Sad really…….


Comment by Alexandra.

Oh, this would make me not like her anymore.

I am like that.


Comment by Poker Chick.

Ha! Next post: how not to sit behind someone who just ate something fried before yoga and really lets everything relaaaaax…..


Comment by Liz @ PeaceLoveGuac.

Maybe you should tell her that her tank-top makes her look fat and that she should wear a T-shirt instead…then at least her armpits won’t be quite as exposed.


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