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!
Willow: This is Anne, and we’re in Boston. So how did you find out about Naked in Motion?
Anne: My husband came to a class.
W: Okay, great. How long have you been a Naked in Motion student?
A: This was my first class!
W: Awesome. What was your experience like today?
A: I think that 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. I love that you read and discussed so clearly the rules for the room before we all got started. It just felt like then there are no questions about what’s about to happen or what’s expected behavior. So my experience was that being naked while doing yoga allowed me to go deeper into my body and feel what was going on and pay attention to that in a way that the fabric and the seams against it distract from. And also your reminders to pick a point and focus on it...
W: Yeah, the drishti.
A: Yeah, I’ve heard that in other yoga classes and I’ve never gotten it in the same way as it made sense here, but it was amazing how much our eyes flutter.
W: Yeah, it’s like if our eyes are going, our minds are going.
A: Exactly! And I found that emphasis also helped calm me down. And one of the things my husband had said that was really appealing to me was that he felt it allowed him to go into poses much more deeply, because he often feels really restricted by clothing. I found that to be the case too.
W: What would you say to new students, especially women, who are nervous to come to a naked yoga class?
A: That’s a good question.
W: Were you nervous before you came?
A: I was a little nervous.
W: What were you nervous about?
A: I was nervous about men looking at my genitalia, just to be really honest. [Laughs]
W: Did you feel that that was happening?
A: No, never. I would say to a woman who wants to come to a class but is a little uncertain to start in the back, because then you feel a little protected by physical space. Or start against a wall. Even though while we’re all doing downward dog nobody can see anything but their own hands and feet anyway. I couldn’t have looked at anybody else's body in the a serious way if I had wanted to.
W: Well, there are some times when people don’t understand how to get into poses, so they look around, and that’s okay. But there’s also something really appealing about actually seeing other people and being like, “Oh, you have belly fat too, and that’s okay.”
A: I would absolutely say so. And I would say that when I did look at other people’s bodies, it was out of curiosity and also affirmation. Yeah, you know, his belly looks funny, too. My belly looks funny. Oh cool, alright, I guess all our bellies look funny.
W: We’re in this together. [Laughs] What’s your favorite part of your body?
A: My neck.
W: Do you have a favorite yoga pose?
A: I’m actually coming back to yoga after a while away, so my favorite pose used to be half moon, but I haven’t done one in years. So, I’m hopeful that my favorite pose is still half moon. [Laughs]
W: Do you have any other thoughts?
A: If you’re nervous, maybe come alone, as a woman. I think if I had come with a woman friend, I would have been much more conscious of my own body and I would’ve wanted to keep my underwear on. There was something about being in a room where I didn’t know anyone, with the exception of a person that I know incredibly intimately [her husband], that was comforting because I could really be anonymous.
W: Interesting, that’s a good point.
A: I mean that might not be the right answer for everybody, but if you feel nervous about coming with your friend, then think about coming on your own.
W: Sometimes people want to come with a friend but nobody that they know wants to come.
W: That’s good advice. Well thank you so much for sharing, Anne.
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