As nude recreation week comes to a close we want to feature some yogis who practice clothes free. They are different ages, genders, and races. They come to the practice of yoga from different places; A mom with busy kids, a guy recovering from a back injury, an aspiring yoga teacher, a woman who began embracing clothes free living through yoga, a woman whose introduction to yoga was going to hot yoga with a friend while in college. Each one of them finds something uniquely liberating about the practice of yoga clothes free.
At first, I loved how good I felt physically after a class and that led me to practice more and more. I noticed how different my body felt when I didn’t practice for a few days. I didn’t like it. Mentally, I noticed changes happening as well. I was able to clear my mind when thoughts became scattered. Also, I felt calm and relaxed. Quickly, I grew to love yoga. In time, I learned to use ujjayi breathing to calm down and be in the moment. Using breath as a tool was an asset anytime I was in school from that point on. Even in fearful, stressful, anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed, and shocking moments, coming into that form of breathing helps me to be non-reactive. Ujjayi breathing works magic in my eyes. K.B @el_booty
“hontouniheart” – Clothes free yoga & life have helped me weather what otherwise might have been an impossible year. It has been a season marked by significant instability and rapid change. Within the storm, though, clothes free yoga has helped me find the eye of the madness, to get rooted in my truth and stillness, and to find freedom to live abundantly. Now as my 1 year anniversary of clothes free life nears. I celebrate the gifts, both in the form of tears and laughter, it continues to give me. I look forward to unraveling my greatness as my clothes free practice continues to unfold. @hontouniheart
My clothes free practice began shortly after my daily practice was established. I was inspired to lose attachments and go deeper into my practice and self love. I was amazed at how differently yoga felt to me when I could hide nothing. I blossomed. This year I have been taking my clothes free practice into more of my lifestyle. I find it more freeing, I have more confidence and I love my body, flaws and all because it is uniquely mine. Aimee @aimeecakes82 @aimeejm11
“Nude yoga is the best way for me to practice. I can see my muscles, and that helps me better understand the alignment of the pose. I’m not distracted by my clothes bunching up. It’s just me, myself, my breath and my asanas.” At 46, Rebecca is less concerned about having the perfect body and more concerned about maintaining good health and having a positive attitude. “When I think about how much time I spent obessing about my looks, my weight or appearance, I cringe at what I may have missed out on. Now I’m really just happy being in my own skin, and hopefully helping others to feel that way about themselves.” Rebecca is presently enrolled in a YTT program and plans to start teaching in the fall of 2015. @bexymwah__
A fall broke my back in the lumbar region and for most of the remainder of that year I was in traction and heat/massage therapy. In November of that year I started my campaign to get fully functional again and my physical therapist gave me what he called “back stretches” to perform each morning and each evening along with my physical therapy regiment. I performed these diligently for several years hoping to live a more pain free life. For some stupid reason (my ego I guess) I decided that these stretches were crap and I stopped. Two months later I ended up back in the hospital in January because of my back had locked up so bad on me. When I was released in February I decided that perhaps those “stretches” weren’t craptastic and indeed perhaps they served a purpose I mean after all I was able to walk when I did them and that was at least something. So I thought perhaps there were more “stretches” that may help so I Googled exercises for back pain and came across an article written by Miss Sadie Nardini entitled “Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain” and well after getting over the initial shock of discovering that I was doing yoga all this time I realized that yoga had a whole lot more to offer me. Bare yogi junkie @bare_yogi_junkie
National Nude Recreation Week kicks off with a metaphorical bang July 4, and nudists are inviting all of America to doff the duds, slap on the SPF 30 and join them for a skinny dip, a hike au naturel or an outdoor frolic in their birthday suits.
“We’d like everyone to know how much better off we’d all be if everyone knew the physical, spiritual and emotional benefits of nudism,” says Dr. Gerry Goodenough, a Corona, Calif., nudist. “The constricting emotional doors all drop away, and pretty soon we’re all playing like little kids again.”