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Meet the Community: Nick!

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. 

I was thinking about equity in the world...that there’s not a lot of really good models for equity. I started thinking about Naked in Motion: the way that you’ve spoken out about women and transgender people being allowed to wear bottoms [in the name of] equity and say that to the class. That’s actually a really great model. I didn’t really think about it, how important things like that are until that moment.
Nick post Naked! Yoga & Pilates

Nick post Naked! Yoga & Pilates

Willow: How did you find out about Naked in Motion?

Nick: I just Googled for a naked yoga class because I wanted to try it out. I’ve heard things about it here and there, but Naked in Motion came up, I looked [at the website], and decided to go.

W: How long have you been a Naked in Motion student?

N: I think I started coming three months ago?

W: I feel like it’s been longer than that...

N: Maybe four months.

W: How often do you come to class?

N: As often as I can. It’d be cool to come once a week, but I guess every other week, once every three weeks.

W: What was your first experience taking a Naked in Motion class like?

N: It was great because you kind of forget that you’re naked and that everyone else is, because you kind of just get used to that being the fact of the room. And then you’re just doing yoga. It becomes one less thing to think about instead of one more thing to think about.

W: That’s a good way to put it. Yeah, people think it’s this extra thing that you’re naked but it’s actually one less thing. That’s a beautiful thing! But it’s scary when it’s the one thing you’re thinking about, even though it’s less work. 

N: Well once you get used to it, now every class is like “okay, naked, sure.”

W: NBD

[Nick laughs]

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W: Have you ever done anything naked socially before?

N: No.

W: Were you nervous your first time?

N: A little bit, but I knew it was something I wanted to explore and it’s not like I was feeling uncomfortable about being naked. It was more me being nervous about trying something new.

W: As Scott says, when we try something new, it always makes us nervous. What advice would you give to new students who are considering coming but are maybe nervous to do it naked?

N: Don’t think too hard about it, honestly. Everyone is so relaxed and comfortable. Willow, you’re an awesome teacher and you make everyone feel comfortable.

W: Aww, thank you!

N: Elle is also a great teacher and I felt very comfortable in class today. Everything feels safe and easy.

W: Awesome. Less of a big deal than people might think. What’s your favorite yoga pose?

N: Oooh, I like the warrior poses a lot. There’s something about them, I don’t really know why.

W: Yeah, you’ve got some fierce warriors for sure.

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W: What do you think is a misconception people have about doing naked social activities or naked yoga?

N: I think, and you’ve written about this in your blog, the idea of nudity in general being sexualized and it’s not. It can be something that can be enjoyable. And sex is enjoyable, but it can be enjoyable as a different experience and it can be respectful. I feel like that’s what this event is.

W: Can you speak of your experiences with the community? Do you feel like the community itself is respectful and safe?

N: Oh, absolutely, and everyone is really friendly and you have a good time and talk to people, or don’t, but either way, I’ve never felt anything less than a purely respectful environment.

W: Any last thoughts about Naked in Motion?

N: There was a time when I was thinking about equity in the world, and I was kind of getting upset that a lot of people don’t understand that concept. I feel like for a lot of things, it’s really not the fault of people who are doing things that might be harmful to other people; it might be the fact that there’s not a lot of really good models for equity. I started thinking about Naked in Motion: the way that you’ve spoken out about women and transgender people being allowed to wear bottoms [in the name of] equity and say that to the class. That’s actually a really great model. I didn’t really think about it, how important things like that are until that moment.

W: That’s great. I love that. Thank you!

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