Practicing yoga clothes free has helped me appreciate this body I occupy. I recognize that I am here and present in this particular vehicle so I better show it some love. I see clothes free as less about being naked and more about being my true self. Being the version of me as I define it, not based on any relationship or role, any social expectation, creed, physical or material definition. Stripping away all of that, leaves me with myself, as I am my only real asset.
Practicing yoga clothes free has influenced every aspect of my clothed life. I feel more confident than I ever have. I started practicing clothes free just before beginning yoga teacher training. My training strongly emphasizes that we have a regular home practice. Surprisingly there are many yoga teachers who never or rarely practice on their own. Often the focus of yoga is held to just the physical level; focusing on poses and aesthetics, music and clothing. Being at home, in my own bare skin, I find that it serves to move me beyond the physical and allows me to delve into the more subtle aspects of being. I can turn my thoughts inward as I am not encumbered by gatherings or restrictions of movement because of my clothing. It’s just me with myself and I can tune into my mind and body and go to work wherever breath and awareness is needed.
I think this helps me as a yoga teacher because it helps me to listen better to my own body and the energy that surrounds me. I think I am much more perceptive than I have ever been and that helps me to gauge the sequencing and flow of the class. I worry less about perfection and judgement. Paradoxically, by focusing on my own body, I believe am better equipped as a yoga instructor to help those that share yoga with me to focus on their own bodies and to show themselves some love.