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The Down and Dirty: What you really want to know about Naked! yoga

So. You’ve never done a naked yoga class, and you’ve got questions. Maybe you’re not a “naked person.” Maybe you *have* taken a naked yoga class in the past, and you didn’t feel comfortable, safe, and respected. Or maybe you’re worried about unwittingly making a naked yoga faux pas. But you’re still intrigued and you’ve come here for answers. Congratulations! You are a thoughtful human being with reasonable concerns. We are here to allay your fears and give you all of the sexy transparency you deserve. Let’s get to it, shall we?

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Meet the (Boston) Community: Anne!

Every month, we'll feature one of our students in an interview about their experience with Naked in Motion. Get to know our awesome Naked! community, read about their journeys, and join the movement. Check out our very first Meet the Community interview from our class in Boston!

Thoughts from Anne about Naked! Yoga & Pilates: "...you create a really wonderful atmosphere here and a great vibe in general. I mean everyone in the room participated in creating a healthy, safe, calm, not-charged environment. I didn’t think I was I was going to be comfortable taking my clothes off; I thought for sure I was going to want to wear panties, but it was not an issue right from the beginning."

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Naked Yoga Around the Globe

Traveling this summer? Worried you’ll miss your naked yoga fix? Never fear! We’ve compiled a short list of our top picks for nude yoga classes throughout the United States and around the world. Happy Naked! travels, friends.
 

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(VLOG) Ask Willow: Can beginners do Naked Yoga?

Hi, I'm Willow! I'm the owner and founder or Naked in Motion. People ask me all kinds of questions, so once a month, I'll address in detail one frequently asked question about naked yoga for our "Ask Willow" segment. This month's question:

Can beginners do Naked Yoga? People ask me this question all the time. Yoga can be intimidating if you've never done it before, especially in today's intense, exercise-driven yoga culture that has been infused with the typical American enthusiasm for productivity, pushing yourself to "do more", and "working harder." Many people tell me that they're more afraid of the yoga practice than being naked in front of the class. Watch for tips for beginners on attending their first naked yoga class and advice for all beginners on how to listen to your body to make choices in class that work for you!

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Naked! Courage: Meet Darlinda Just Darlinda, Badass Burlesque Performer

Naked in Motion celebrates others who are making moves in their communities, doing work that we feel speaks to our intersectional feminist and body-positive message. Get ready to be inspired.

As a burlesque performer, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza and one half of the Schlep Sisters, has charmed, seduced, awed, shocked, tickled, teased, and clearly adored rapt audiences for over a decade. We talked with her about her love of the artform, her relationship to her body as a woman and as an artist, and, of course, what’s so freeing about getting naked.

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Meet the Community: Scott!

Every month, we'll feature one of our students in an interview about their experience with Naked in Motion.

Advice from Scott:...anything you enjoy, you’re always nervous the first time. If you drive a car, the first time you were nervous. If you ride a bike, the first time you were nervous. Skiing, a new job, anything you enjoy, you’ll always be nervous the first time, regardless of what you do. You might as well try. You don’t want to look back and say, “Oh, I should’ve done it.”

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Do you have the body for naked yoga?

It’s springtime in New York City, which means a few things:

1. You’re in wardrobe purgatory.
2. That winter coat is begging for some deodorizing (pro tip: watered down vodka in a spray bottle)
3. Every magazine cover, subway ad, and cheap fashion outlet is sounding the alarm, demanding you ask yourself: Do you have a beach body?!

What, are we told, is a beach body? Let’s see. . .

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Ask Willow: Is there anything sexual about naked yoga?

Hi, I'm Willow! Once a month, I'll address in detail one frequently asked question about naked yoga for our "Ask Willow" segment. This month's question:

Is there anything sexual about naked yoga? Not necessarily, but also yes. Sound complicated? It is. But I promise, it’s okay. Let’s explore this tricky topic.

Yesterday, I ran into an old friend on the train. After telling him about Naked in Motion, he recoiled and asked me nervously, “How do you stop people from just touching each other all the time?” ...What!? When does that ever even happen? And why would that happen just because people are naked? It’s not a rave, it’s a yoga class! Is that even what happens at raves? I don’t know.

 

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Meet the Community: Carly!

Every month, we'll feature one of our students in an interview about their experience with Naked in Motion.

Advice from Carly: ...if they’re women or trans that coming to the Women’s & Trans only class first is a very nice way to ease into it because it’s smaller and a little more comfortable and intimate, but for everybody else, I would just say dive into it. Try it once, it’s worth it! Once you get over the initial first thirty seconds of taking your clothes off, you’ll kind of forget about the rest of it.

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The (r)Evolution: A Short History of Naked Yoga

On any given day in New York City, yoga enthusiasts can dabble in any yoga hybrid activity they can dream up. Boxing Yoga, Hip Hop yogaMetal yoga, and Salty Yoga

Naked Yoga, however, isn’t a fad or marketing ploy. Performing yoga nude has deep roots in spiritual practices where nudity was a vehicle for shedding material concerns and breaking unhealthy attachments. Today’s naked yoga classes are shaped by a modern context and differing goals, yet unlike some other alternative yoga classes, our approach is derived from ancient traditions.

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What’s so great about naked yoga?

Are there any real, sustainable benefits to practicing yoga naked? The answer is: Yes. Absolutely. 

But before examining the physical and psychological benefits of taking even one naked yoga class, let’s go a step further. Beyond nudity giving an extra boost to the traditional benefits of yoga, can it be political? Can nude yoga be an act of protest?

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