(nearly) naked yoga

nude in the yoga studio

Above: Georgia gives nude yoga a try in the privacy of our office yoga studio.

My friend who lives in New York City just told me about a studio in her neighborhood that offers naked yoga - classes that cater to those who prefer practicing yoga without clothes.

The idea of stripping down to stretch truly shocked me. I realize that many people view the body as a sacred temple, but downward dog in the buff? There are days when I can barely manage my muffin top during yoga class, let alone letting it all hang out.

Whether the classes are transforming or titillating is up for debate, but studios that offer naked yoga classes claim the classes are non-sexual. I do see the freedom in the classes, moving your body in its natural state and accepting the way it looks and feels as you flow from one position to the next. I guess it's the sense of vulnerability that freaks me out, a comfort level that I'm not quite ready for just yet. Trust me, I'll be sticking to my standard favorite yoga outfit: groove pants and Tri Y tank. The outfit is like my second skin, so comfortable you almost feel like you’re naked… and that's good enough for me.

Jeremiah in the buff

Above: Jeremiah enjoying a somewhat private nude yoga session at the lululemon head office.

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I must confess I decided to try it in the privacy of my own home (well besdies the huge window that looks onto the highway..)
It was great! It brought a natural freshness to it, with the non-restriction of clothes. Presonally I love yoga practises where it is spiritual and I get in touch with nature, I just felt this was exactly that, me as I am, open to the teaching of the world.
It was inspiring :)

Comment by Jenna — July 10, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

Jer, sexy! We miss you down here in Pasadena.

Comment by marissa borelli — July 13, 2009 @ 10:36 am

wow! its really me…
naked yoga first thing in the morning is a really nice way 2 start my day :)

Comment by Georgia Esporlas — July 13, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

wow! talk about brave… kudos to the nearly naked yoga models! you guys both look great.

Comment by Marisa — July 14, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

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