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 in NYC and Boston taught by me and a few others that I’ve recruited.
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. I struggled with relentless self-criticism about my body, state of health, and mental health. 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 group classes, 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.
Still not convinced? Check out what our students have to say about Naked! Yoga:
Naked in Motion is...
We welcome people of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, genders, sexual orientations, experience levels, abilities, & religious preferences. We offer sliding scale tickets for our all-gender classes and low prices for our 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 give women and trans folks the option to wear bottoms in the spirit of equity and menstrual-positivity. We establish a strong consent culture and forbid cruising to create safer spaces, walking students through the process of setting boundaries.
We empower people of all genders and sexual orientations to attend and encourage transgender participants to wear gender-affirming pieces. We also offer monthly Women's & Trans classes!