This video raises some tough questions about the Future of Yoga. {Adult only}

Via on Nov 30, 2012

Bonus: for a beautiful, rather non-sexual photo series: Nude Yoga. {Photos of Model, shot by Husband}

 Adult: Sara Jean Underwood Playboy’s Yoga Full Video

Bonus: want to see something better? Best yoga video you’ve seen for a long time.

Bonus: (Tasteful) Nude Yoga.

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

Bonus: Tantric Sex (and the City).

I was among several who broke the news on the existence of “Playboy Yoga” a few years back—I swear, I just read elephant for the yoga.

And I’m personally of the opinion that this is fine if it gets folks beyond lust—the videos aren’t that sexy—and back to thinking about yoga. Likely, this video will attract folks who normally don’t belong to the “yoga demographic”—and I’m good with that. But there are serious concerns, too—touched on in my original blog, “Now we’ve seen everything.*”

But we’ve never shared the nude version. Until now.

A few years after the controversy’s died down, I think we’re ready. Or, not. Either way, here ’tis. It’s just a naked body—and, yet, it’s

…the ultimate challenge to those “Yobo” fans who say that Yoga for Weight Loss, Disco Yoga, Bikram, Adidas Yoga with (my friend) Rainbeau Mars and Yoga without all that annoying Granola, Chanting or Sanskrit may not be “traditional yoga” (a moving target in and of itself)…but nevertheless may help open the door to those who might not ordinarily be interested in pure yoga, true yoga, quality yoga.

…Yup, there’s a new url in town:

http://www.playboy.com/yoga

Just the url itself is enough to provoke convulsions, grimaces, grins, vomiting and/or ogling. Beauty—or otherwise—is in the eye of the beholder.

This is provocative stuff—it raises some tough questions about the Future of Yoga (addressed by elephant, yogadork, itsallyogababy, joellhahn and, in comments, by our readers in the links above).

In any case, as the Buddhists say, it’s our obstacles or enemies that are our best friends, provoking self-examination, questioning and growing pains.

Video:


Sara Jean Underwood Naked Yoga by malamgir46

For more, click here.
Or here.

Bonus: NSFW! Is Tantra about Sex? XXX? In the West, it is.

Wii:

For more Wii.

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About Waylon Lewis

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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132 Responses to “This video raises some tough questions about the Future of Yoga. {Adult only}”

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  2. Barbara says:

    OMG… IS THIS A JOKE??? I mean I don't mind if certain individuals want to do naked yoga by themselves in the privacy of their home… But marketing it as a yoga concept or style is really a degrading of yoga.
    Regards from a yoga teacher

  3. Jade says:

    Boring!!!

  4. All says:

    First of all: I have no problem with nudity. At all. But this was kind of creepy. The cheesy music. The lingering shots of breasts and buttocks screamed 'male gaze'. This was objectification of female body disguised as a "yoga" video. No, thanks.

  5. TdOg says:

    I practice Yoga and find this to be nothing more than a beautiful woman being showcased by Playboy. It inspired me to try it at home and its actually pretty awesome. Anyone who has a problem with this either has serious insecurities or is part of some alien race from another planet that doesn’t find beautiful naked women attractive. On a side note, I think women are beautiful just the way they were created, no need for surgery here so I am bummed she did it.

  6. danielle says:

    this would be a much more powerful video if it was a normal woman's physique. This just feels like another road leading away from what the yoga path really is, and another video to make women feel bad about themselves and strive for the "perfect body" instead of striving for acceptance of themselves.

    Im not attacking or blaming her or anyone, Im sure the intent was never to make anyone uncomfortable or upset, I just feel that we are straying very far away from the purpose of yoga, to find peace within.

  7. aunnielauren says:

    I second-guessed watching it, feeling gross at my voyeurism; then I masturbated through some of it, turned away from some of it, then continued to watch and grapple with:

    She's really beautiful
    It's okay for her to be beautiful, in the way she is
    It's okay for me to enjoy watching this for a variety of reasons
    Why do I like watching beautiful, nude bodies?
    Why wouldn't I like watching beautiful, nude bodies?
    Can I appreciate her body, get off on her body, be interested in what she's doing regardless of her nudity, because of it, and in spite of it? Can i take this for what it is, and for all the things it is for me, and accept and be okay with that?

  8. Nancy says:

    She has a beautiful body and watching this was like watching art, like watching a Renaissance statue in motion. I don't understand why in this day and age even supposedly "enlightened" people still equate nudity with sex. I think we've actually gone backwards in this respect.

    Oh, and I can't wait until the fashion of "shaving it all" reverses. Although, in this case, it did contribute to the statue effect.

  9. Kev Ollier says:

    Well at least it tests one's attachments and desires if a practicing yogi http://kevollier.com/category/yoga-2/

  10. concerned yogi says:

    I'm concerned for her knees and her spine! See how her knee extends beyond her ankle in warrior pose? This is not ideal for the joint! And her spine is WAY too extended, very noticeable in tree pose. This little lady needs to learn proper mechanics and how to brace her spine!!

  11. Its not yoga. Simple as. I can't even be bothered to spend the next 20 minutes articulating the point. You think this is yoga, show it to a Swami, Yogi or experienced teacher in India and ask them what they think. In fact, show it to just about anyone in India and ask them if its yoga. The culture of accepting and embracing everything as yoga is based on the commercialisation and commodification of a practice that has now become a product worth billions dollars. I would say this video has more to do with making money than offering authentic yoga teachings to the community.
    Keep it real. Hari OM
    James
    Ps: how are we ever going to get more men into (practising) yoga with videos like this coming out?

  12. Michelle says:

    i don't really give a rat's ass that she's doing it naked – but i do find it interesting that in the bit that i watched she never once mentioned the breath – there was no "I inhale as i do this, i exhale as i do this" (i only watched about a minute admittedly, so if anyone wants to call me on this, be my guest!). The first person narrative was a little weird, but it was the lack of breath connection that made me question whether this is yoga – not the fact that she had no clothes on.

  13. chiasue says:

    Traditional yogis might be offended, especially those with prudish attitudes towards anything evoking sex.
    Practicing in the nude is a personal choice and can feel liberating.
    Let's remember many sadhus in India walk around naked and covered in ashes.
    What is bothersome is not that a beautiful woman is practicing in the nude, but rather that a magazine that aims at manipulating men with sex like Playboy is always objectifying women and now even through the ancient practices of yoga.
    Yoga is about connecting with our inner essence and bringing a balance between body and mind, not about selling adult magazines.
    Playboy is probably losing a share of followers and decided to get creative and try to turn something that is usually identified as a more spiritual practice into something else.
    Sorry for the loser followers of Playboy who instead of focusing on improving themselves as human beings salivate at naked "perfect" women they will probably never get.

  14. Pkbray says:

    Whatever you think this is why men are totally delusional!! I have 5 children and don't look anything at all like this!! I am saggy and loose skin with stretchmarks and would love to look like this but unless I could rewind to 17 that is so not happening. But I am sure most men expect all women to look like this naked especially if they do yoga. I will never look like this even with thousands spent on plastic surgery but an a good person, smart and just as flexible and good at my yoga practice as Sarah. So please stop promoting this and show real women (with clothes) to encourage yoga practice and healthy living. This just makes us normal women want to slit our wrists!!!

  15. robwolfpetersen says:

    Hate to be so blunt about it but no, no it doesn't. It's just a naked chick riding a bandwagon. I turned it on expecting to be titillated and I was bored within a minute or so.

  16. Simon says:

    The soul of yoga will never die, regardless of how many sheaths try to smother it's light.

    You can't hide a call from the Heart.

  17. VeganLioness says:

    "Pornography is the undiluted essence of anti-female propaganda."
    – Susan Brownmiller
    This article does not address the objectification of women. Playboy and pornography is not 'fun'. It is formulaically telling women to please men at any expense and encouraging men to see women as objects to be used and abused instead of a human being to connect with. This is not in alignment with yogic principles.

    • Johnno says:

      I think you would have a hard time trying to equate this video to "pornography" or even Playboy Magazine for that matter. It is a video of a woman doing yoga in the nude, nothing more nothing less. YOU are adding your own ideas about "the objectification of women", I watched the same video you did and came away with none of those feelings. Humans are "meaning making machines", something happens and WE make it mean something! YOU saw a video, and YOU made it mean "objectification of women". YOU added meaning to what was ONLY a woman doing yoga without her clothes on.

  18. zedrf rfg says:

    wowooowowow

  19. francina says:

    less video watching more practise. Yoga is not just about the work out. As a matter of facts we say " we practise" yoga. I truly respect all the gurus and the yogis who spent their lives for this. And we should be very aware that a real good practise works in our bodies. I am not sure that this is yoga. I would say that this is a good work out inspired by yoga.

  20. Mary says:

    I'm confused. She kept saying left leg when she was clearly using her right leg. Or maybe I should have watched it backwards? Not sure why yoga needs to be done naked but if you got it flaunt it I guess. Could have used better instruction, clear focus on alignment and contraindications etc…and o yea, less crotch shots please.

  21. Sandra N I do bethink seeing about a year ago that a filmmaker was acid footage of "naked yoga" application absolute Ashtangi women and he filmed them in fact accomplishing their convenance (which was absolutely impressive). no annotation (at the time) and I anticipate he advised for the final artefact to be apparent at blur festivals. don't bethink his name.

    Sandra N and I don't anticipate they baldheaded their crotches!

  22. Johnno says:

    It occurs to me that all of the negative comments about how she looks (I might add I think she is beautiful) from how tan she is to complaining about her shaved pubes, reeks of jealousy, self-centeredness ("she cant do it as good as me"), and a strong dislike of men and todays culture. She is not claiming to be a yogi and doesn't mention anything about it being her path to her spiritually. It's like saying someone who goes to the gym and lifts weights is doing it to become a bodybuilder. It seems she takes it pretty seriously and probably spent some time practicing or she wouldn't be able to move from pose to pose so easy. That's not saying she is doing it perfectly but again I don't think she is claiming to. The fact that she is a Playboy model on a video produced by Playboy is probably different than one with a yoga instructor that would be produced by Yoga Journal. I think those that are comparing her to some yogi or a professional yoga teacher are missing the point. The idea that she is doing yoga and exposing it to an audience who may of never experienced it, is a good thing. Maybe all of the feminists and man bashers might not be so threatened if the model was fat and ugly with harry legs and a big old harry bush, but I think they would find other things to complain about. For people who claim to be grounded and spiritual, there sure is a lot of hate being spewed!

  23. heylennyjay says:

    To each their own but I don't believe that the true intent of this video (or Playboys inclusion of yoga to its brand) was to spread the yoga practice and lifestyle. While naked yoga can be captured on film in a non-sexual manner, I don't think that that was the director's aim. The style in which it was shot and the strange 70's porno music in the background definitely gave it a softcore kind of feel. I'm not offended by the video in the slightest, but I'm also not anymore inspired or knowledgeable from viewing.

  24. Carla says:

    Honestly, I really do not see the point of "naked" yoga. Yoga is yoga, presenting it in this form is just telling me that whoever wants it to be seen in a sexual nature. It is totally absurd. Why do people always have to do that?

  25. DasSchwartztier says:

    what is wrong with naked yoga ??? the human bodies can be beautiful why not look at them? if your so insecure in your sexuality and self control that you can't look at this without control i suspect you have deeper issues that go beyond looking at naked people. as an artist in college i did it all the time its not a big deal. war guns weapons and mindless violence that's a big deal a nude woman is just beauty/art/and flesh it cant hurt you, unless your already hurting inside.

  26. Destiny H. says:

    The people who are hating on this video are just hating on the fact there is a beautiful young women who happens to be naked while doing something she loves.I have met ms.Underwood myself and she is very sweet,polite,down to earth as a women could get.put beside my personal feeling towards her,no one needs to judge on anything that she is doing. Just because she has a nice body and isn't afraid to show it doesn't mean that she is doing it to get attention or taking something(like yoga) that is so peaceful,personal,relaxing,wholesome,and just flat out being in touch with your self,and proudly sharing with the world how she does it doesn't mean she is turning it into something inappropriat or demeaning towards women. And for everyone who says that she isn't doing it right and her alignment is off,no one does everything perfect.not even you!(those who are judging her alignment and poses) god women are so jealous of any othr female who has a great body and isn't afraid to show it.if it was a video of yourself(anyone) would this video be boring or inapropriate or discusting or gross then? Give the girl a break.I think it's wonderful and fantastic that she has the balls to make a video like this and not give a shit what any haters have to think.so grow up and stop being so judgmental

  27. Nathan says:

    She looks and sounds young, but she's actually 30. Like others have said, it's not the best instructional video, and, begin a Playboy product, all the focus is on her chest. Good thing it wasn't a Hustler production!

    It always strikes me how judgmental and harsh some comments are on this "enlightened" site, as if people don't even try to check themselves before they write. Also by those who assume all sorts of dirty, perverted notions as the be-all of male attention. I mean, sure, I appreciate an attractive nude woman, and there is a sexual aspect to that. But I found myself more interested by being able to see her muscles in the poses. I think I'd benefit from seeing a guy doing naked yoga (although I'd prefer he wear some short briefs), it would improve my understanding of the technique. Actually, seeing some old dude who's been doing it for 40 years would probably be the most instructive… But as for this, the human body is amazing, and some people have amazing human bodies. And it's nice to look at them. Briefly.

    Lastly, I have a hard time believing any woman wouldn't find nude yoga performed by a man at least a little titilating. You're not dead, right? You're human? It's okay to be a sexual being… just don't carried away by it. Balance your animal side with your enlightened side, but don't let either one take over, right?

    Honestly, I just hope she gets a real yoga gig somewhere if that's what she's into.

  28. Mary says:

    All I could see was poor form. Knee ahead of the ankle in warrior? Elbows behind the wrist in chatturanga? Who is her teacher?!

  29. لعبة says:

    Has everyone above forgotten that she is a paid actress and model working for an adult entertainment company? She obviously does some form of yoga for fitness, or she wouldnt be able to do the poses so easily, but she is no yogi guru. This is the nude version of the same video she does clothed. Its marketing, thats all. It really isnt very sexy – the cameraman needed to focus on her breasts to remind you you are watching a Playboy video.

  30. elephantjournal says:

    Keep it respectful, please.

  31. Gabriela says:

    I find "Yoga Bitch" is fighting for a world free of sexualixed, trivial images that incite but not inspire and I agree with her! If you think that disliking this video has anything to do with jealousy and bitterness, you should re-evaluate your principles. I have a very hard time understanding how this video even made it on here and I hope it's a study of human reaction and behaviour. I've read other "adult" pieces on here and they are so full of passion and feeling, so real. This is plain and artifical.

  32. Cam says:

    Marta berry.. STFU. Sara Jean is the most beautiful woman to grace this planet and you’re just talking crap because you must wear clothes to do yoga because you don’t look an eighth as good as she does. Your husband would leave your ass in a heartbeat for her

  33. Bacca says:

    marta …. of course you would be naked but why would a dumb cow be on the beach of the mediterranean?… makes no sence, its not you're natural habitat unless there are cow farms just off the mediterranean coast… sara is beautiful she can do whatever she wants …. dont like it then stfu….

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