By Rolf Holbach, SCNA President
Over the years we’ve had a number of members who have expressed an interest in attending a Nude Yoga class. We have been looking for a teacher with his/her own location we can rent out for Nude Yoga classes, and we finally found, not one, but two teachers and locations that were willing to host a mixed gender Nude Yoga class. Starting in 2013, these classes have proved to be quite successful and many of the students eventually became members of our club.
The co-ed class is held in a large private room in the Fitness Center which the instructor heated up to a comfortable temperature on this somewhat chilly morning. Keeping the lighting muted in the room, he began the hour-long class by leading us though some easy, slow stretching exercises to limber us up. After about 30 minutes of stretching muscles I have to admit I haven’t used for a while, he shifted over to leading us through some basic, beginner Yoga asanas, or poses. Although I used to practice years ago, it’s been a long time since I last struck a pose, but it came back to me very quickly. The instructor was also very helpful coming around at various points to make sure we were all doing the poses correctly, yet not pushing anyone into a pose or position that was uncomfortable or beyond that person’s ability. The hour passed quickly, and got those endorphins moving, so like the others, I felt great after it was over. The next day was a different story for those unused, out of shape muscles, but as they say, no pain, no gain.
Our other same gender Nude Yoga classes are also being held around town by different instructors. The largest of these was can accommodate up to 20 students. Classes are held weekly, mid-week, in the evening after work hours.
Yoga is a wonderful low impact way to get and stay in shape, yet at the same time relieving some of the stress we all experience in our day-to-day lives. Performing it nude just enhances the mind-body connection and promotes a sense of freedom, confidence, and appreciation of your body. Practicing nude yoga in these classes also allows you to experience freedom from inhibitions, opinions of others and any shame about your body, whether you’re in shape or not. We hope you’ll come out and join us, you’ll be glad you did!
Class includes slow stretching exercises of every muscle of the body for the first 30 minutes. Next, we will progress to very basic/beginners yoga asanas(poses) for 30 minutes. All levels of fitness experience are welcomed (from beginner to advanced).
Why Nude Yoga?
- Nude Yoga Enables a Positive Body Image
Nude yoga helps anyone who wishes to be free of the emotional shackles that prevent us from celebrating all our unique physiques and capabilities. When people who suffer from low self-esteem and poor body image can practice without clothing in a safe, nurturing environment, they come to appreciate their bodies and understand that their feelings of shame are not their own, but a kind of inherited mind-state that comes as a result of societal judgments. It helps you discover an entirely new way of looking at your own body, inspiring you to take embrace your imperfections and open your heart to yourself and to the world with pride, courage and confidence.
- Nude Yoga Furthers the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
When we consider the role that clothing has played in society, it seems to be in direct opposition to the spirit of yoga. By design, clothing reminds us of our differences and serves as a distraction that leads us away from a central yogic principal: the commonality of all living things. So, a well-designed yoga class without the restriction of clothing promotes a greater sense of freedom, confidence, and an enhanced appreciation for the body. Seeing and feeling the body as it stretches and moves from one pose to the next results in more stress reduction, increased energy, enhanced overall strength, stamina and flexibility, plus improved respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine and brain function.
- Nude Yoga Creates Numerous Physical and Mental Health Benefits!
Nude yoga allows people to experience freedom from inhibitions, opinions of others and any shame about the body, which can lead to low energy and poor health. As you learn greater self-acceptance, negativity burns away and any physical repercussions resulting from holding toxic emotions get resolved. The body, mind and spirit unite and heal, and you feel deeply energized, vital and calm.
- Nude Yoga is Sensual!
While nude yoga in its true form has little to do with society’s preconceived notions of sex or eroticism, make no mistake: nude yoga can be very sensual internally. It’s the feeling of being authentically connected, confident, and alive. Nude yoga gives people permission to feel joyful and radiant, at home in their own skin, blissfully unselfconscious and aware. It encourages practitioners to uncover their most primal, powerful, sacred, sensual, integrated, original selves.
- Nude Yoga Reduces Self-Shame
Nude Yoga teaches us how to harness the transformative kundalini shakti, our sacred life force, while experiencing the freedom of moving through space without clothing to restrict our movement, and more importantly, freedom from the shame that restricts our souls. Whatever you learn in any given class, whether it is a new way to focus your breath or a technique to lengthen and strengthen a muscle, or a way to draw earth energy up through your bubbling spring points, you get to take it with you. Yoga is a state of mind, a way of being. It is the ultimate fitness for body, mind and spirit. It can help you to transform your life. And it will inspire you to be the very best you can be.