I've done hot, sweaty yoga before, and I'll admit that I've even done some yoga poses before getting dressed after my morning shower, but combining the two and doing a Hot Nude Yoga class just seems, well, a bit too racy for this yogi. Call me prude, but I'm just not into sweating it out spread eagle in my birthday suit. Not to mention, I wear a sports bra for a reason, and I think seeing my jiggly parts as well as others would be a total distraction. Apparently though for some, and it's mostly men, Naked Yoga classes are very popular. Some classes are co-ed, but most are male-only, and are common in gay communities. Studios that offer naked yoga can be found in cities such as Boston, San Francisco, L. Why naked yoga? Unclothed yogis say it helps to deepen their yoga practice, encourages ultimate appreciation, acceptance, and love for their bodies, and also builds intimate bonds with the people in their yoga community.
Confession: I'm the girl who still changes her bra over a towel in the gym locker room. I know, I know — we all have the same parts. Still, I've always felt a little weird stripping in front of strangers or, in the case of the last gym I belonged to, my coworkers. I'm even loath to work out in just a sports bra — there's a time and a place for taking it off, and I don't always feel like the gym is that place. But I'm all for stepping out of my fitness comfort zone — so, when I heard a studio was teaching naked yoga in New York City, I felt like I had to give it a shot. Yep, everyone was naked. Besides the lack of Lululemon logos, it was just a regular yoga class — one that felt particularly liberating.
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