Is this just another fad?
No, Naked yoga has been around for well over 2000 years, possibly as long as yoga has been around.
“A person in the renounced order of life may try to avoid even a dress to cover himself. If he wears anything at all, it should be only a loincloth, and when there is no necessity, a sannyāsī should not even accept a daṇḍa. A sannyāsī should avoid carrying anything but a daṇḍa and kamaṇḍalu.” —Bhagavata Purana
There was a reemergence in western culture with the hippie movement in the 1960’s and popularity grew from there. While we aren’t renounced there is something to be said for the phycological benefits of the practice.
Why Practice Naked? What are the benefits?
There are numerous phycological as well as physiological benefits like:
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased circulation
- Stress reduction
- Satiation of curiosity about the human body
- Reduction of porn addiction
- A sense of full-body integration
For more on benefits see here:
Hygiene & Allergies
For hygienic reasons please come freshly showered. Some people have allergies so we ask that you do not wear strong perfumes or colognes to class.
Can I wear underwear?
Of course not. Then it would be underwear yoga, and we Go Bare!
Are people afraid?
A better expression would be have anxiety and yes, sometimes. It depends on the person. If you are nervous, know that it’s perfectly normal. We are taught to hide out body and have built shame around being naked with other in a non-sexual way. The fear or anxiety is natural and will be shed with your clothes through the practice.
What should I bring?
A yoga mat, towel, and bottle of water if you like.