There are many types of yoga these days. You can participate in many varieties such as hot, laughter and couples yoga. Still, believe it or not the newest trend is performing poses in the nude. Are you ready to take your practice to this level? Find out more about this growing trend to see if you are ready to undress before performing asanas.
History of naked yoga
Naked yoga was introduced to Western countries in the 1960s. However, it appears to have first appeared in the United States in 2007. People perform both regular yoga and Bikram (hot) yoga in the nude.
Still, it seems that long before this we can trace some yogis in history who were naked ascetics. One such yogi was Trailanga Swami, and it is said that he lived to be almost 300-years-old before leaving this earth. Not only did Trailanga Swami perform yoga in the nude, he never wore clothes.
Reasons to perform naked yoga
There are many good reasons to practice yoga in the nude, including the following:
- It can build self-esteem.
- It helps you to approve of and be comfortable with your body.
- It lets one feel liberated, being able to let go of life's problems.
- It is new and exciting.
- You are not restricted by clothing.
- It may aid in enhancing intimacy while performing couples yoga at home.
Places to practice yoga in the nude
If you want to give naked yoga a try, you can locate a class in your area. Yoga Studios USA has more than 1,000 studios listed across the U.S. Find a studio near you to find out if they offer the type of yoga you are seeking. Another option is to purchase a video so you can discreetly practice poses in the privacy of your own home. One of many videos available is "Pure Nude Yoga - Zen Garden Goddess."
Celebrities who have been rumored to participate in naked yoga
Rumor has it that Nicolas Cage is one celebrity that enjoys naked yoga. Then we have Kim Kardashian on video participating in yoga with a nude instructor. There are also reports of Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Wilson and Naomi Watts participating in this form of yoga.
If you decide to take a nude yoga class, remember to bring your own yoga mat for sanitary purposes.
So, are you ready to strip to perform yoga, or you do you find it to be too daring?
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