Naked yoga?! What's that all about?
Hi there! I'm Willow Merveille, and I'm the
owner and founder of Naked in Motion.
The basics: We offer Naked! Yoga and Pilates classes taught by me and a few other brave souls that I’ve recruited in the past few years. We operate mostly out of New York City but have a branch in Boston.
Why? I grew up watching my family battle with intense feelings of shame about their bodies. They experienced wild fluctuations of body weight and tried every diet and exercise program on the books. Maybe you've been there. I struggled with my own shame about my body, state of health, and mental health, and adopted the relentless self-criticism modeled by my family. Maybe you've been there. I started Naked in Motion as a way to offer a tool for developing a kinder relationship with the mind and body.
Consider this: your body is awesome and deserves care and love. Not the body you used to have or the one you wish you had, but the one you’re in right this moment. If you are trying to change parts of your body, that’s okay, but change happens most effectively with self-compassion, rather than the criticism that comes with pursuing “fitness goals” in this age of exercise fanaticism.
Unlike the gyms and calorie-counting yoga and Pilates classes in the city, I'm not trying to sell you on "weight loss", "fat-burning" or "toning." That is the language of "not enough." My only hope is that you will have a liberating and empowering experience. If you have one moment of self-compassion, one kind thought about yourself during our classes, you've accomplished a lot. And if it takes you a few classes to get there, that's okay too.
In an era of body-shaming, it's easy to have negative thoughts about your body.
In a western yoga culture that enforces exclusivity, it's easy to feel unwelcome.
In a world that equates value with productivity, it's easy to feel like you're never enough.
Sick of hating on yourself?
Tired of feeling shameful about your body?
Fed up with being held back by personal and societal standards?
Ready to open the door to self-kindness and healing?
We offer you the opportunity to shed your clothing, and along with it, judgements about
your appearance, limiting personal beliefs, and critical self-talk.
We welcome bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, genders, sexual orientations, experience levels, abilities, and religious preferences. For those on a tighter budget, we offer lower-priced sliding scale tickets for our all-gender classes and cheaper scholarship spots for our monthly Women's & Trans class.
We celebrate all shapes and sizes, challenge social stigma around nudity, and decry media that glorifies certain kinds of bodies. We maintain that all people deserve love and care, and that anybody can do yoga & Pilates. We encourage people to make physical choices in class that work for their bodies and needs.
We redefine "Naked!" by allowing women and transgender participants the option to wear bottoms, championing equity over equality, and menstrual-positivity. We also establish a strong consent culture and forbid cruising to create safe spaces, walking students through the process of setting and celebrating their personal boundaries.
We encourage people of all genders and sexual orientations to attend, and for all classes, we welcome transgender participants to wear bottoms and/or make use of anything they require to affirm and support their gender. We also offer monthly Women's & Trans classes for anyone female-identifying, female-bodied, and/or transgender (male and female).