Naked Yoga: Now that’s Hot Yoga (Try this [only] at Home).

Via on Sep 22, 2008

Not that I have…but if one were to search ‘naked yoga‘ on google, you might get 570,000 results. That’s alright, bring lust to the path and see it burn into wisdom, y’all. Whatever gets you to the studio! Still, I can’t help but think that it sounds better than it would be in actuality (I guess it depends who’s doing downdog in front of you):

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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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42 Responses to “Naked Yoga: Now that’s Hot Yoga (Try this [only] at Home).”

  1. [...] it’s with mixed feelings that I see their use of nudity, mostly female, to get across the mercy message. Do we really have to sugercoat the bitter [...]

  2. Alen says:

    Yoga, lying on the beach, bath nakedly is of something splendid.

  3. Omarjeet says:

    Clothes are a necessary evil. But, they aren’t necessary for yoga. Naked yoga is the only real yoga.

    • Jon says:

      Clothing isn't evil no matter how oppressive it can be at times, and it's only as necessary as circumstances make it. Many nudists love practical shoes and hats, for instance.

      As for the "only real yoga", that's something that everyone has to find in time. There's more to it than getting to a place where someone is comfortable taking their clothes off, and some people (like me) were there before they even heard of yoga.

  4. David McClelland says:

    Just another example of indulgence in the name of spirituality. How sad. I can't help but notice there are never less than conventionally attractive people pictured in this kind of thing. Sex is the biggest obstacle in the quest for liberation for most people.

    • dreamy smurf says:

      health makes people "conventionally attractive". There may be those hung up on what magazines tell them is beautiful, but naturally I believe we find healthy specimens appealing to mate with and therefor "attractive". Yoga is a health practice, so those who have reach any proficiency at it will look healthier than average. obesity, skin rashes, teeth rotting out, etc are not our natural state.
      i believe generally unhealthy people make comments like yours

    • rainbowyoga says:

      oh i so agree with you david, especially about the pictures. i wonder why they would never think of putting regular bodied practitioners when they're promoting naked yoga.

      however, i do feel that naked yoga would be very liberating, bit like skinny dipping. lol

  5. elephant journal admin says:

    Great comment, David. There’s actually plenty of non-conventionally beautiful people who prefer to practice naked, either privately or in classes, judging by the popularity of classes nationwide. From a Vajrayana Buddhist perspective, sex and its attendant lust can actually be a gateway—lust can and must be be transmuted into love, warmth, compassion, communication. If we regard it merely as an obstacle, it could take a lifetime of hitting our head on the wall and we still might not wake up. Attraction is everywhere, best to bring it to the path of meditation.

    As you and I both know, I’m sure, sex can be an obstacle or a beautiful thing.

  6. [...] photo at the left is from an article titled, “Naked Yoga: Now that’s Hot Yoga (Try this [only] at Home).” by Waylon Lewis at ElephantJournal.com. Click the title of the article to visit [...]

  7. [...] as some of my readers will be all too well aware. In Buddhism, Tantra (or Vajrayana) is not about sex. In fact, I studied it as a child (and not at night with a flashlight and a blanket over my [...]

  8. Sramani says:

    I would have to agree with David about it being an indulgence. However, the statement that “Sex is the biggest obstacle in the quest for liberation for most people” is the very kind of thinking that leads people to push it away, polarizing it with spirituality. It’s no wonder many people feel like it’s either/or. If more of us integrated sex into our spritual practice, in a healthy way, this would be less of an issue for us. But as long as we continue to polarize sex from spirituality, we’ll have more to contend with as far as craving and need – which gives birth the kind of stuff we see in this article.

  9. elephant journal admin says:

    Shawn made a comment about your posted item:

    “don’t know if naked yoga…would be “hot” yoga, the last week here in Colorado…..brrrrrrrrrr !”

  10. elephant journal admin says:

    Sara made a comment about your posted item:

    “I love naked yoga in front of the fireplace!”

  11. Ellie says:

    At first I was a bit turned off by the idea of Naked Yoga. Especially in a group setting, I found the picture of the class of women strange. “Why would they do that?”. I thought to myself. Then I realized that the key emotion here was judgment, the dismissal of the actions of one group or individual because I, myself, would not be interested in engaging in the activity. This is pure ego. Good for them if naked group yoga is what they want-we live in a great world.

  12. N.Nimalananthan says:

    well done your yoga method and like to see every things and that Baby fotos is very kindness
    ok bye

  13. N.Nimalananthan says:

    hai

    that babys techniques is better you know we are learn yoga from mother then fellow up
    so mother is a good yoga teacher

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  15. great web. and class.

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  17. Howard smith says:

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  18. Nripane Korpal says:

    Suspension of mental propensities is yoga. Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root word ‘Yuj’, which means ‘union’ (of the unit being with the cosmic being) and it is nothing else but – ‘Moksha’ (self-realisation or liberation from all the false notions and beliefs held here-to-before); like the drop of water in the ocean realizing that it nothing other than the being called ocean that is named differently just for the ease of understanding – as the same person who is called a father, son, grandson, teacher and so on and so forth. Of course ‘Dharam’ (duty), ‘Arth’ (Economic and other resources), ‘Kaam’ (Sex) and ‘Moksha’ are four pillars of human existence; which are specifically mentioned before the holy fire during each Hindu (so called, because it is a name hurled upon followers of a plethora of religions/sects that exist in India); yet while the earlier three give finite pleasures (their sources having a finite life span), it is only ‘Moksha’ that gives eternal blessedness (as it comes from a finite being, which is nothing else, but the real being of everyone of us). Yoga makes us realize our real being. If practicing it, we find lust being generated in us, it is anything else but definitely not Yoga – as Yoga does not add bondages, on the contrary it liberates and instead of providing finite pleasure by means of sensory organs, it provides ‘Ananda’ (infinite bliss). nripane@gmail.com; korpalnripane@yahoo.com; nripane@pnb.co.in

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  20. [...] “naked,” “nude.” We’re perhaps best known for our “Naked Yoga” post, or our “Richard Branson Naked” blog…in any case, we always try and [...]

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  22. Naked yoga is a beautiful thing. I think that naked yoga with your partner can also be a intimate and sensual practice which leads the way to a deeper and more communicative relationship.

  23. elephantjournal says:

    http://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

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    Marc: I went once with a friend to a place in the Castro in San Francisco. He said, "Dude, it's totally non-sexual." One guess what it was like. I do, however, love the idea in principle.

    #
    Melissa S I do it all the time:) The best way to do Yoga if you ask me.

    #
    Vic Lopez Hmmm…i wanna try this one with a male friend.. ;) ….hmm…

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  27. Beautiful :o) Yoga teaches us to fall madly in love with the body…I am always telling my students that its not my goal to teach them to be comfortable in their skin but rather intoxicated in it :o)

  28. Naked yoga is probably also illegal in many jurisdictions. You can't get high and do yoga but you can buy a machine gun. Makes lots of sense

  29. I have to say that I actually have a copy of the book that the small pictures of the women on the Persian rug are taken from – funny. A friend gave it to me as a joke – very 1970s & earnest in its intentions. Occasionally I leave it out as coffee table entertainment. I have my students wear clothing, but whatever others want to do, there's room for all… http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/06/eversomuch

  30. marikio says:

    why do none of the women have pubic hair?

  31. Kristopher says:

    Love the vulnerability, openness, and acceptance that nude yoga allows us to experience.

  32. Chris says:

    I practiced naked yoga a few times while I was living in San Francisco. It was … not what you might expect. I really enjoyed the connection to the community of yogis that were practicing with me. Not surprisingly, I suppose, I perceived our connection as more profound than a typical class. I was also able to move beyond that initial embarrassment and appreciate the beauty of different bodies. Highly recommended.

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  34. Wayne gee says:

    Very beautiful

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