FAQ

We've heard your questions, and we've got lots of answers! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to find out anything you've ever wanted to know about Naked in Motion classes! Scroll to the bottom to see our Community Rules.

I have a business card of yours that says “FREE CLASS.” What does this mean?

Congratulations! You got your hands on one of our rare “free class” cards at a specific advertising venue or special event, and you get to try your first class for free! Space is limited, and the discount code is a secret, so please email info@nakedinmotion.com to let us know you have a “free class” card and the date of the class you want to attend, and we’ll send you the code to waive the Eventbrite fee with instructions on how to register. All tickets are first-come, first-serve, and space is limited, so once you reserve a spot, you must attend that class or you’ll lose your free class. Use of “free class” cards are limited to your first class only. 

Can I wear bottoms?

Here's our Naked! rule: Nudity is mandatory, but women and trans folk have the option to wear bottoms for any reason. Please note that having your menstrual cycle doesn’t necessitate wearing bottoms, as we don’t want menstruation to limit your attendance. For transgender participants: please make use of anything you require to affirm and support your gender, as we’ll defer to whatever “Naked!” means to you. Everyone should be an active, willing participant and at least 18 years old.

It's truly our dream to create a Naked! space where all people can experience the freedom and empowerment of naked movement without worrying about their safety. However, it’s clear to us that some women and trans folk truly feel uncomfortable coming to a co-ed naked yoga class. Women have faced centuries of oppression, sexual objectification and abuse, so it's easy to understand why they might be generally more apprehensive about attending an all-gender nude event. Additionally, we understand that some transgender participants (people whose gender identity does not correspond with their birth sex) may not feel comfortable exposing their genitals or may wish to wear bottoms to help affirm their gender. It’s not about allowing for body insecurity; it's about women's and transgender people's perceived ideas of their safety. And it's not about equality; it's about equity. Men and women are not starting from a place of equality in this context (and many others), and men and women will generally have different experiences and concerns when attending a co-ed naked yoga class.

To all our female (and trans) followers: our hope is that you will feel safe enough to attend class if you have the option to wear bottoms, and then you can decide for yourselves to undress completely when you're ready. No pressure. We're challenging the very definition of "Naked!" in favor of equity, looking towards a future where all people can comfortably experience the liberation and empowerment of naked movement. For more information about our Naked! rule, visit our About page and scroll down to the bottom.  

Additionally, we’ve been asked if people can wear bras to hold breasts in place because of the pain that may be caused during movement, and if that’s a concern for you, just tell your instructor and you can wear a bra. You can always have the bra next to your mat and try the class Naked! and don a bra if the movement becomes too uncomfortable.

What will a Naked in Motion class be like?

Our class roster changes, and sometimes we offer classes for different groups of people, different styles of movement, and special occasions. In general, though, most of our movement classes are very similar to clothed ones of their kind. For example, our Naked! Yoga & Pilates class is very similar to a clothed Yoga or Pilates class that you would take anywhere else, the major difference being the lack of clothing.

Here’s a rundown of a typical Naked in Motion class: You enter the studio and get settled. You check in with the instructor(s), making sure to have filled out a waiver and paid (if you’re a walk-in), and set up your mat. About ten minutes before the “doors closed” time, the instructor(s) will cue everyone to sit clothed on their mats for the pre-class Community Rules speech, where they will go over important information about the class to set up the safety standards of the space and make sure everyone is on the same page. Then, they will cue everyone to remove their clothing, and class will begin. All you have to do is follow instructions, and you’re welcome to rest if you ever need a break from the movement. After the class, there will be anywhere between 15-30 minutes of social time with provided vegan snacks and cups for water, time during which you can choose to remain Naked! or don clothing. You can leave whenever you want, although we encourage you to approach your instructor to tell them about your experience in class. We’re always curious about the experience of our participants and want to know anything you care to share.

How do I get tickets?

You can find information about all our classes, links to buy tickets, and a link to our event calendar here.

How much do classes cost?

Class prices vary. Check the ticketing link for the price listing. Some classes are “Free/Pay What You Can,” and some will have a specific pricing structures. Our Wednesday Naked! $15 Yoga & Pilates is sliding scale. The class is normally $25, but we offer a limited amount of $15 and $20 tickets to allow for different budgets, so grab them while they last!  If you can easily afford the regular price ticket ($25), please choose that option and leave the cheaper tickets for those on a tighter budget. The pricing structure has a lot to do with the space we rent and how much we need to cover costs, which will vary by location.

I want to attend Naked! $15 Yoga & Pilates on Wednesday. Why are the $15 and $20 tickets sold out?

See above question. Again, we offer only a limited amount of $15 and $20 tickets, and once they run out, they’re out for the week. We limit the lower-cost tickets to make sure we make enough per class to cover expenses, which also factors in the amount of people a space will hold.

Can I just show up and pay at the door?

Be sure to check the ticketing link for each class to see if it allows walk-ins. For the Wednesday Naked! $15 Yoga & Pilates class, you can pay $25 cash at the door as a walk-in, or pay at the door in cash for a donation-based event, but YOU MUST EMAIL INFO@NAKEDINMOTION.COM TO RESERVE A SPOT. Space is limited, and we need to make sure we have space for everyone.

Do I need to print my Eventbrite ticket?

Nope! Save that paper. Just check in with your instructor(s) when you arrive.

How many people usually come to a Naked in Motion class?

This varies per class and location, but classes range anywhere from 12-22 people. Don’t worry, you won't be the only one to show up.

What is the gender ratio?

There are usually more male-identifying people than female-identifying people in our co-ed classes, and there can be anywhere between 20-50% female-identifying folks in the class. We have a hunch that those who identify as female (or women, womyn, genderfluid, genderqueer, trans) are overall more more apprehensive about coming to a Naked! co-ed space, and we definitely get it. In a world where female bodies are constantly under scrutiny and unwanted sexual objectification and people who don’t conform to gender norms face physical/verbal threats and shame, it’s easy to understand why these folks might have some fears about disrobing in front of a bunch of strangers.

In response to this, we allow women to wear bottoms for any reason. We’ve also worked really hard to create Community Rules to set standards of safety and respect for all participants of our classes. We also discuss these rules aloud before every class to make sure people understand consent, respect for boundaries, and respect for gender identities. Our safety and respect standards are high, and our participants are really awesome, friendly people who uphold these rules with pride. If you identify as female or are female-bodied and you’re still not sure about attending a co-ed class, we sometimes have special Women and Trans-only classes to help create a space for you to feel even safer.   

DO NOT email Naked in Motion to ask for the gender ratio in class that day. We will not respond under any circumstances, because we ultimately feel that it doesn’t matter, and we don’t want to encourage cruising, as we have a strict no-cruising policy. Please read on for further details, and see our Community Rules. 

Can I rent a mat? Do I need to reserve one ahead of time?

Check the ticketing page on Eventbrite for each class to see if the class offers mat rentals. For all events, we strongly encourage you to bring your own mat & towel, as we only have a limited number of mats available to rent, however some spaces have the option to rent mats for $2 cash. If you know you’ll need one, please email info@nakedinmotion.com to let us know ahead of time so we can keep track of our rentals. As most people bring their own, we have never run out of rental mats.

Do I need a towel? 

If you bring your own mat, you’re not required to bring a towel, although we recommend bringing one to wipe off any excess moisture from the body to prevent slippage. If your class provides mat rentals and you want to rent a mat, you must bring a full-length towel for sanitary reasons.

Do I need to do anything in particular to prepare for class?

Nope! Just come as you are, and wear whatever you want :) We welcome all people and all our current class roster welcomes all experience levels, so you don’t need to have any prerequisites to take our classes. Just make sure to bring your mat if you have one, and if not, bring a towel and $2 for your mat rental.

In the future, if we host an “advanced” class, we’d indicate the level on the class description if it requires a certain amount of prerequisite regular classes or an invitation.

What if I’m running late to class?

All ticketing links for classes will note a “doors closed” time, which will vary depending on the time of the class. This time is usually about 15 minutes after the official class time, and reflects the time around which class participants disrobe. If the class official start time is 7:00pm, the doors will close at 7:15pm. If you know you will not arrive before the doors close, please do not come to class - we will have to ask you to leave. We do this to protect the safety of the space we’re creating, and it’s very disruptive and jarring to have latecomers enter the space after the clothes have come off. 

I purchased a ticket for class, but now I can’t make it. Can I have a refund?

As of now, tickets for class are not refundable. When you buy a ticket, you reserve a spot in the class, and if you don’t make it to class, that’s a spot we could have given to another person. Also, our lower-priced tickets sell out fast, so if you buy one of those and then cancel at the last minute, that’s a ticket someone who purchased around the time you did could have gotten. If you’ve had a serious emergency, you can email info@nakedinmotion.com to let us know your situation, and we’ll see if we can figure something out, but generally refunds are not given for unused tickets or lack of admission to class because of tardiness.

I’ve heard of Yoga, but what is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of movement and exercise that was developed around World War I. It includes a set of exercises that emphasize controlled, precise movements, proper breathing and spinal alignment, and a strong, stable abdominal core. Pilates is often used to recover from injury, manage pain and stress, improve posture, increase core strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance. As to the difference between Yoga and Pilates, we like to think of Pilates as a series of exercises and Yoga as a series of poses, but both emphasize controlled movements, simultaneous strengthening and stretching, a calm, concentrated mind, and proper breathing techniques.

I’m a beginner/brand new to Yoga and Pilates. What level is Naked! $15 Yoga & Pilates?

All classes will be open-level and catered to beginners unless otherwise specified. No worries if you’re brand new! Our participants come with varying levels of experience in the movement practices, and our teachers will give instructions for modifying exercises to meet different needs, providing options to decrease or increase the level of intensity of a certain posture or exercise. If you’re a beginner, you won’t hold the class back. If you’re looking for more of an intermediate or advanced workout, follow the verbal cues for challenging the postures and exercises.

I want to check this out but don’t know if I want to participate. Can I just come and observe?

No. Everyone who comes to our class must participate in the movement portion of class and must adhere to the nudity rule (it’s mandatory).

If you’re from the press and you want to check out our classes so you can write an article/make a podcast/talk about us on the radio, any correspondents you send must be active and willing participants in the class and adhere to the Community Rules.

If you’re in a d/s relationship and want to punish your sub by making them take a Naked in Motion class (yes, apparently this is a thing), you can send them to class on their own or participate, but you can’t sit and watch. Standard “kink in public” consent rules apply, so keep your play very discreet.

I have an injury. Is this class right for me?

Only you can decide what’s best for your body. If you have any questions about an injury or any medical condition, you should consult your physician before coming to a Naked in Motion class. Upon attending a class, tell the instructor(s) when you check in that you’re working with an injury or other medical condition so they know to offer the appropriate modifications. In general, our teachers will try to give instructions for modifying exercises to meet different needs, providing options to decrease or increase the level of intensity of certain postures or exercises.

Can I attend a Naked in Motion class if I’m pregnant or postnatal?

Only you can decide what’s best for your body. If you have any questions about doing Yoga, Pilates, or any exercise while pregnant or post-pregnancy, you should consult your physician before coming to a Naked in Motion class. Upon attending a class, tell the instructor(s) when you check in that you’re pregnant or postnatal so they know to offer the appropriate modifications. In general, our teachers will try to give instructions for modifying exercises to meet different needs, providing options to decrease or increase the level of intensity of certain postures or exercises.

How long are the classes?

This varies per class. The class descriptions on the ticket link will have information about each class, but they all will generally follow the 2-hour time model described below.

Each class will have a designated official start time, but the actual movement won’t start until 15 minutes after this time. The doors will open 5-10 minutes before the official start time, participants will enter, get settled, use the bathroom, and set up their mats. About 5 minutes after the official start time once the instructor(s) has checked everyone in, they will begin the pre-class speech. After the speech, the instructor(s) will cue the class to disrobe and the movement section will begin. This will time up with the official “doors closed” time, so anyone arriving after the participants have disrobed will be asked to leave. The movement section will last approximately 75 minutes. After the class, there will always be a 15-30 minute social time to have snacks and meet each other, clothed or not.

Where do I store my personal belongings?

There will be a designated section to store belongings. We rent our spaces, and storage space will vary, but in general you can put your belongings wherever you feel more comfortable, as long as they’re out of the way

Where are the classes held?

See the ticketing links for class venues, which vary per class. We rent our spaces, and use everything from photography studios to yoga studios to event spaces in the sex/body-positive community.

Are there classes for certain genders or sexual orientations?

We sometimes have special Women and Trans-only classes to create a safe space for those who feel uncomfortable in a co-ed Naked! setting. See the Events page for details. None of our classes will discriminate based on sexual orientation.

What happens if I become aroused?

This question applies to all bodies. We hold a space for people to be Naked! without automatically being sexualized or objectified. However, it’s impossible and unrealistic to try to divorce nudity from sexuality. We’re challenging the automatic association with nudity and sexuality, but undoubtedly, these two concepts are related and affect one another. It’s perfectly normal for one to become aroused at the sight of another person. However, we don’t think that this will be any more likely to happen in our Naked! Classes than on the subway, at a restaurant, or at a bar. The sight of a Naked! person doesn’t automatically denote arousal, and arousal at the sight of anyone definitely does NOT give a person the right to touch, harass, or objectify another. In short, we can’t police your mind, and we would never want to, so if you find yourself mentally turned on by the nudity, so what? No big deal. But don’t assume that you will be just because of the Naked! aspect. When it comes to socializing with others, however, you must follow our consent policy (see the Community Rules), be respectful, use eye contact, be mindful about the vibe you’re giving off, and don’t try to pick up a date. Many people are sexual beings, and that’s perfectly okay, but we all deserve respect and the right to safe, consensual encounters of all kinds.

Now there are specific rules about what to do about the physical signals of arousal. First, we can address erections: Whether they occur randomly or are sexually inspired, erections are almost always interpreted as the latter. If you get an erection during a group exercise, just ignore it. If you get an erection during social times before or after a class, please don a towel or clothing for coverage. No big deal. 

However, we don’t think erections are shameful! Part of body-positivity is accepting/celebrating arousal and the many functions of the body. Unfortunately, due to our society’s association of sexuality with nudity, a person walking around with an erection tends to sexualize an environment. Some of our students, especially women, have expressed discomfort over interactions after class with people who have had an erection, so we ask erection-havers to don pants after class in order to prevent these unwanted interactions. It’s similar to our cruising rule: we’re not going to police your mind, but we have rules in place to limit the physical or verbal expressions of the mind (even if the erection isn’t a result of arousal). Like our “bottoms rule”, it’s not about equality; it’s about equity. It’s more important for us to create a welcoming space for people who may feel threatened by erections, especially those new to social nudity, than it is for us to create a space where erection-havers can walk around freely. If that’s what you’d like to do, then there are other nudist places and events you can visit!

We’ve also been asked about vaginal wetness, and we don't consider this any more of an issue than sweat that may (and probably will) drip off the body during the exercise portion of class. That's why we suggest people bring a towel. The vagina (and this varies depending on the person and the time of cycle) is always producing fluid, and vaginal wetness, like erections, isn’t necessarily a result of arousal. In short, again, no big deal.

Will there be partner work? Will we be touching each other in any way?

No. Perhaps there will be a time when we offer partnered classes, but for now, that’s not our thing. Additionally, masturbating, or "self-touch," will not be permitted.

Please remember our consent policy: Before touching anyone, please ask for their consent. Remember that anything less than an enthusiastic “yes” means “no.” This applies to all physical contact, including small touches that may seem appropriate in a clothed setting. The instructors will ask for permission before touching you during class and give you the opportunity to opt out of corrective touch. Understand that consent is an ongoing process; you can change your mind at any time, and any answer is completely acceptable. Consent is also a conversation with yourself, so know your own boundaries first so that you can communicate them to others effectively.

One more thing: while the instructors may ask if they can give you corrective touches for the postures or exercises, please do not ask the instructors specifically to touch you. That’s certainly a red flag that you may not have the best intentions in attending our classes.

Is this a play party? Will there be any sexual activity during the class? 

No. There’s nothing wrong with events that do encourage this kind of consensual sexual activity, but that’s not what we offer. Please see the above two questions for further clarification.

Can you explain your No-Cruising policy?

Our Community Rules state, “We define cruising as looking for a date, a hookup, or otherwise giving off the vibe (directly or indirectly) that you'd like to meet with someone outside of class... because this issue is so nuanced, we ask that you err on the side of caution.”

This is a hard one for us to define and uphold. We don’t want to be the dating police, and certainly if two people met in a Naked in Motion class, became friends through the class, maybe became friends online (consensually), and decided to date, we wouldn’t be offended. The idea there is that two (or more) people have consensually decided to engage in a relationship outside of class and this imaginary circumstance didn’t result in a cruising complaint. However, this isn’t something we can really address officially because we can’t govern it and it's so nuanced. We can instead say that cruising isn’t allowed, and if someone tells us that they feel uncomfortable because you randomly asked them out, we’re going to ask you to leave and not attend one of our classes again.

This includes your instructors (they’re people, too). It’s equally imperative that the instructors feel comfortable to teach the class and that they have the ability to set and maintain their personal boundaries. The instructors observe the right to ask anyone to leave and ban from the classes anyone who breaks any of our rules, including our cruising policy. If you are asked to leave and you genuinely feel there was a misunderstanding, you can contact us to respectfully apologize and state your good intentions for the future (without blaming the victims for wrongfully assuming your negative intentions), and we can decide whether or not to let you attend classes.

We’re strict about this because we want to create the safest space we can for our classes, and strangers asking strangers out, especially in a Naked! environment, can make people feel unsafe. There are other nude events that allow for singles to mingle, and you can check those out on your own.

All of these rules and FAQs aside, the classes aren’t so serious. We have these classes because it’s fun, liberating, and life-changing to be Naked! while doing Pilates and Yoga, and we just ask that you follow the rules. It’s pretty simple.

Do you offer private lessons?

Some of our instructors offer private lessons (clothed or unclothed). If you’re interested in private lessons, DO NOT email Naked in Motion. You can always ask your instructors after class if they offer private lessons, but it’s out of our hands. Any arrangements for private lessons between you and an instructor are considered separate occurrences not in affiliation with Naked in Motion or the studio spaces used for any class.

How can I get involved?

We’re always open to collaboration with like-minded individuals or groups. If you’d like to teach one our classes or be added to our sub list, email info@nakedinmotion.com. If your organization or group would like to collaborate with Naked in Motion on an event, workshop, or class, send us an email.

 

Naked in Motion Community Rules

  • Naked! = Nudity is mandatory, but women have the option to wear bottoms for any reason. Please note that having your menstrual cycle doesn’t necessitate wearing bottoms, as we don’t want menstruation to limit your attendance. For transgender participants: please make use of anything you require to affirm and support your gender, as we’ll defer to whatever “Naked!” means to you. Everyone should be an active, willing participant and at least 18 years old.

  • Consent (Yes means yes): Before touching anyone, please ask for their consent. Remember that anything less than an enthusiastic “yes” means “no.” This applies to all physical contact, including small touches that may seem appropriate in a clothed setting. The instructors will ask for permission before touching you during class and give you the opportunity to opt out of corrective touch. Understand that consent is an ongoing process; you can change your mind at any time, and any answer is completely acceptable. Consent is also a conversation with yourself, so know your own boundaries first so that you can communicate them to others effectively. 

  • Anonymity: If you meet someone at an Naked in Motion event and happen to interact with them in public, please be discreet about where you met. This applies to public online forums as well. Assume that everyone that you meet at an event doesn’t want anyone to know they’re there. 
  • Identity: Please do not presume the gender/sexual identity of those in the class, and be respectful of everyone’s identity. We want to be inclusive of all bodies, all genders, and all sexualities. Make a habit of asking for people’s preferred pronouns.

  • Cell Phones: Cell phones are strictly prohibited from our events while clothes are off, especially after class during social time. If you need to check your phone for any reason while anyone’s clothes are off, please put on clothes, take your bag with your phone outside, and then check the phone there (we don’t want to see it). Please turn your ringer/vibrator off during class. Stripped down? Phone down! Zero tolerance!

  • The Erection Question: Whether they occur randomly or are sexually inspired, erections are almost always interpreted as the latter. If you get an erection during a group exercise, no big deal. Just ignore it, or take Child’s Pose if you like. If you get an erection during social times before or after a class, please don a towel or clothing for coverage.

  • No Cruising: We define cruising as looking for a date, a hookup, or otherwise giving off the vibe that you'd like to meet with someone outside of class. This applies to online cruising before and after events. Because this issue is so nuanced, please err on the side of caution. If someone makes a cruising complaint against you, you’ll be asked to leave and won’t be welcome again. 
  • No Latecomers: In order to respect the safety of the space and the flow of the class, there will be strict “doors open” and “doors closed” times listed on our event pages. If you show up after the specified late entry time, you will not be allowed inside, no exceptions. Tickets are not refundable, and we make very few exceptions when allowing people to extend ticket validity to future dates.

  • Be Sober: Sobriety is mandatory. If you exhibit signs of visible intoxication, we will ask you to leave.

  • Bring a mat & towel: We strongly encourage you to bring your own mat & towel, but some of our studios have a limited number of mats available to rent for $2. If you do need to rent a mat, we ask that you bring a towel for sanitary reasons.

If you have any questions or complaints, please talk to your teacher(s). Your privacy will be respected.

The instructor reserves the right to ask anyone to leave, and those who do not follow the community rules will not be welcome to future Naked in Motion classes.