In India the birthplace of yoga The Sadhus or holy men practice naked yoga as part of their spiritual practice. When Alexander encountered these naked holy men or gymnospophists on his campaign into India he was inspired to take naked sport and physical activities back to Greece.
Naturism and naked yoga are perfect together. There is increased buzz recently in mainstream media about naked yoga online. The number of people practicing clothes free, naked or nagna yoga and sharing it online seems to be a growing. Naked yoga challenges pop up on the Instagram social media platform all the time. Despite the some restrictions. Some yoga teachers are starting to provide clothes free yoga classes. Naturists and nudists among others are participating in the opportunity bare and yoga.
Many who practice naked yoga don’t necessarily consider themselves naturist or nudists. In fact many people who practice clothes free yoga are not naturists. Often these folks are drawn to the body positive practice of naked yoga and the greater body awareness it brings. While the practice of naked yoga has not be universally accepted in the yoga community many who try the experience often report unexpected results.
However, there are many ways that naturism and naked yoga intersect.
A naturist is an individual who embraces the act of being clothes-free, like a nudist except that “Nudism is the act of being naked, while naturism is a lifestyle which at various times embraced nature, environment, respect for others, self-respect, crafts, healthy eating, non-smoking, yoga, physical exercise and pacifism as well as nudity.”
I choose to live this lifestyle and can’t be happier!
Recently I’ve had a photoshoot which displays nudity in the form of art, “The Body is a Temple,” shot by Jasper Johal. (JasperPhoto.com) To me, yoga and naturism is an internal and spiritual practice where you really achieve a better understanding of oneself, and what better way to portray that then by being completely NATURAL?
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