our first naked yoga ambassador

introducing Swami Andani

It seems like there a million yoga varieties out there: acroyoga, hoopvinyasa - heck, there's probably a studio some place where you can  take a yoga class with your dog on the mat next to you. There's one class that has piqued our interest here in Vancouver and now our West 4th store has their very own ambassador who specializes in it.

go naked. do yoga.

Ever tried naked yoga? If you live near our flagship store, this is one class you don't want to miss. Meet Swami Andani, lululemon's first Canadian naked yoga ambassador.

You’re an ambassador at our West 4th store. What classes do you teach there?
My bi-weekly class, "Streaking Into Yoga", is the perfect combination for the community here in Kits. A lot of the guests at the West 4th store frequently visit Wreck Beach (Vancouver's only nude beach). They're actively running and doing yoga already.

Is it a co-ed class?

You obviously get students who are a bit anxious. How do you put them at ease?
I find that their comfort level increases whenever I stand over them, look deeply into their eyes and tell them that everything is going to be alright. At the end of the class, I make sure to give all my students a hug for coming.

naked yoga = total freedom

How did you find yoga?
How did I find yoga? Yoga found me, in the grasslands of Malawi, where I grew up. I became one with my breath waiting to spot snakes freshly fed with frogs, slithering from their hiding spots. I found my true purpose trying to catch chambo in Lake Malawi amongst the iguana on Lizard Island. This taught me about the interconnectedness of life and our relationship with all beings. Sitting under a baobab tree one day, observing the world around me, I realized that I must teach the world to let go. I encourage my students to join me on this spiritual safari and let go of their materialism through the shedding of the layers they wear to our class.

How did you get into naked yoga?
It all happened under a baobab tree where I reached the highest level of my practice. I was fifteen. At that moment, I realized that clothes were like armour hindering the inner me from crossing over to the outer me. I immediately stripped off my clothes and went straight into tree pose. It was very spiritual, very comforting, very enlightening.

Outside of the store, where do you teach?
It's been difficult to find a place that will rent me the space. Most places have preconceived notions that naked yoga is not 100% hygienic. I'm not sure where this negativity comes from. Kudos to lululemon for believing in me.

You don’t need clothes, but what essentials are on your list?
A yoga mat, of course, and high-quality to-and-from clothing. The Bonfire Hoodie and Formula Pant are the perfect things to keep warm before and after class.

What’s your favourite yoga pose? Why?
Ardha Sarvangasana (Half Shoulder Stand). Without any clothes, you truly get the full benefit of being inverted, if you know what I mean.

What’s the best part about being naked while you practice?
The feeling of air wicking away the moisture from every nook and crevice is something that is truly relaxing. It's like being on a swing with bare feet. This is something you can’t experience with traditional yoga clothing; although, I’ve heard lululemon is working on styles to simulate this.

what's down, dog?

What's your big, hairy, audacious goal?
To hold a naked yoga event at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium and have 5000 people attend. I want it to be like the other big yoga events, just without the stretchy pants.

What would you tell our guests who are nervous to try naked yoga?
I tell them that their outer-you is ready to experience their inner-you.  What are you waiting for?

want more?

Naked yoga is not for the faint of heart. Are you up for taking it all off?

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Ha ha. Cute. Happy April Fools day!

Comment by Vicki mc — April 1, 2011 @ 3:23 am

April Fools?!

Comment by Nicole L — April 1, 2011 @ 4:54 am

I love your sense of humour! :)

Comment by foujan — April 1, 2011 @ 6:11 am

Big Hairy Goal and naked yoga just don’t sound good together….
Happy April Fool’s?

Comment by ellie — April 1, 2011 @ 6:54 am

April Fools?

Comment by Alanah — April 1, 2011 @ 8:29 am

Are there private change rooms? I’m not sure how comfortable I am stripping down in front of other people.

Comment by Nicole — April 1, 2011 @ 8:37 am

Hahaha nice April Fools post Lululemon!

Comment by lisa — April 1, 2011 @ 8:37 am

This is AMAZING !!!! Kudos to Lululemon!!! I wanted to open a naked yoga studio here in Alberta, so good for you guys for welcoming the Wreck Beach + more crowd into the naked yoga lifestyle.

When no ones looking I do naked yoga too :)

Comment by Lauren — April 1, 2011 @ 8:44 am

I’d do “naked yoga” but it would give new meaning to “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”, and I’m not sure that the world is ready for my brand of awesome.

Comment by Darryl — April 1, 2011 @ 8:46 am

I cant wait to get to West 4th and have my eyes opened to this new form of yoga.

Comment by Josie — April 1, 2011 @ 8:49 am

This HAS to be an April Fools joke….right?

Comment by Devo — April 1, 2011 @ 8:54 am

Naked yoga doesn’t bode well for a yoga clothing company :P

Comment by kendall — April 1, 2011 @ 8:56 am

LOL!!!! Great April Fools joke :) Now if it were only true….

Comment by Fiona — April 1, 2011 @ 9:00 am

Hahaha… nice one lulu… A1!

Comment by Michelle — April 1, 2011 @ 9:04 am

April fools???

That guy can’t be a real yoga instructor! Look at that downward dog!!

Comment by megan — April 1, 2011 @ 9:07 am

I don’t think I’m to a place in my practice where I’d be comfortable with this in my studio – it’s a very interesting idea, though – one I’ve never heard of before. I am definitely interested to see if this becomes more common over time.

Comment by kaleigh — April 1, 2011 @ 9:11 am

But lululemon is a clothing retailer…

Comment by Andrew — April 1, 2011 @ 9:24 am

april fools.

Comment by Paul — April 1, 2011 @ 9:25 am

April Fool’s?

Comment by Jessica — April 1, 2011 @ 9:29 am

I would like to point out that studio that I work at in Charlotte, NC had a Bow-Wow yoga workshop (dogs next to them on the mat); it was a hit.

People love their yoga… and their dogs… and getting nude. :)

Comment by Kimberly Kimes — April 1, 2011 @ 9:31 am

Awesome! Great April Fool’s prank.

Comment by NJM — April 1, 2011 @ 9:31 am

Where do I sign up? I’ve been waiting for a class like this for years!…

Comment by Big Johnson — April 1, 2011 @ 10:19 am

@megan, you should attend one of my classes and correct it.

Comment by Zameer Andani — April 1, 2011 @ 10:56 am

I’m interested as long a Barry Frith is there!!!:)

Comment by GRS — April 1, 2011 @ 10:57 am

happy april fool’s day lulu! if he were the instructor, i would totally take this class… ;-)

Comment by tee — April 1, 2011 @ 11:09 am

lol – Zameer I’m going to have to give you an extra special hug next time I see you.

Comment by Joel — April 1, 2011 @ 11:27 am

Well at least no one has the excuse they forgot their yoga clothes. ;)

Comment by Lyndi — April 1, 2011 @ 11:27 am

April Fool’s or not, THANK YOU Lululemon for facilitating ease and openness around varied yoga practices! Visit http://www.skycladyoga.com for other nude yoga classes workshops and retreats in Vancouver and Victoria.
in peace, Ron Stewart – Owner Skyclad Yoga

Comment by Ron Stewart — April 1, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

Thanks for “every nook and crevice”

Comment by overthepond — April 1, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

“Ardha Sarvangasana (Half Shoulder Stand). Without any clothes, you truly get the full benefit of being inverted, if you know what I mean.”

…Gross… but funny…

Comment by Jen — April 1, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

Swami Andani, do BlastRadius employees get a discount at your class? We would love to join your class – a very nice concept!

Comment by Strategy Group, BlastRadius — April 1, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

@Strategy Group, Blast Radius

All my classes held at lululemon are free!

- Zameer

Comment by Zameer Andani — April 1, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

i think the april fool’s joke is for all of you to think it is a joke, because naked yoga has been practised in india for years, and it does exist. i take it none of you posting squirmish comments about nudity have never been to a sauna in europe? it’s a lot closer quarters in the super hot aufguss than what it would be on your own yoga mat, and nothing seems weird at the saunas because everyone is just their for their health.

Comment by Carolyn — April 1, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

This is awesome! how do i sign up? Yoga + wreck beach = FTW

Comment by Action Jackson — April 1, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

thank God … I was wondering though, you had me going.

Comment by Kashif — April 2, 2011 @ 5:04 am

Giving hugs to each student at the end of naked yoga class sounds pervy to me. I can’t imagine a non-naked yoga teacher hugging all students as a matter of policy.

Sounds like he just wants to see naked students, display his genitals and feel people up.

Comment by Valentine — April 2, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

i think ill stick to bikram yoga.. LMAO! That’s more intense then doing yoga in 110 degree room.

Comment by miami bikram — July 22, 2011 @ 7:47 am

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