Why I Always Practice Yoga Naked. {Adult; Stunning Nude Photographs}

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“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

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Yoga is a Sanskrit word, which when translated means union or to bring things together. Yoga unites the mind, body, soul and spirit.

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When practicing yoga I do so fully naked as a way of honouring and uniting each part of myself.

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Naked yoga, also known as “nagna” yoga can be traced back to ancient times when a sect in India called Naga Sadhus chose nudity as a form of breaking free from the material side of human life and the demands of the outer world.

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The Naga Sadhus still honour this tradition today, along with many Westerners who choose being naked as a way of breaking free from physical, material and emotional attachments.

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Although being naked has come to feel very unnatural for many, when we are naked we are in our most natural state of being.

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Once we become comfortable with ourselves naked and allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we will find not only a deep sense of relaxation but also an immense inner strength.

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Practicing yoga naked is the most liberating, self-loving and self-accepting thing I have ever experienced. I strip away layers from my mind, body, soul and spirit so I am entirely naked during my practice.

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I have been practicing Yoga completely naked for around two years now, mostly within my home or in my concealed garden. The benefits that I have found have been incredible, inducing life-altering changes about how I feel about myself and also how I perceive my body.

I, like many others, had allowed social media’s portrayal of “the perfect beautiful body” to influence how I felt about my own body. Subconscious and subliminal messages from around me had somehow sunk in and so, I managed to find imperfections with my shape or flaws with my skin and judged myself harshly.

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The first time I practiced yoga naked at home was the toughest session I have ever experienced. For the first half of the practice, I was not comfortable at all. I focused only on how my body looked without clothing and I was overwhelmed with insecurities.

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Feelings surfaced that I had no idea even lay dormant. The temptation to cover up heavily weighed down on me and I was not focused at all on my practice. That was one of the greatest lessons I learned—to breathe, accept and let go.

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The second half of the practice was a completely different experience. I reminded myself to focus only on breathing techniques and flowing through the asanas, which allowed the negative emotions that I was holding on to, to quickly disperse. My body and mind quickly replaced the anxieties with a deep and profound sense of freedom and acceptance.

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Looking back now there is a remarkable difference to how I felt about my body then, and how I feel about it now. It is not just my body perception that has changed, my mental and emotional health also changed dramatically in the process too.

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From the moment of that first practice onwards, I was led through a journey of self-acceptance, self-love and self-appreciation and most importantly, for the first time, I began to fully feel comfortable in my own skin.

Removing clothing, rather than putting fabric on my skin, to practice yoga seems to me the most natural thing to do.

Naked bodies are all too often subjected to objectification and thought of as a sexual thing, however, I see the body as a work of art, an ever changing masterpiece that is an outer reflection of our inner nourishment.

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Getting to know myself naked has helped me to discover so many truths about who I am and has helped me to let go of the inhibitions that had built up over time. After spending years covering up and concealing different parts of myself, this practice allows me to embrace each unique piece of myself, and expose it to the sensual feeling of being able to move freely without the restrictions of fabrics.

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When I am naked my energy is able to flow through my whole body, allowing the chakras an opportunity to clear any blockages that have taken hold. This is immensely healing, balancing and transformational for my body, mind and soul.

The cells within our body can hold onto negative emotions, so by fully relaxing and absorbing into the practice, my body is free to revitalise and reenergise, as the energy flow (prana) releases physical and emotional tension.

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Although I have freed the physical restrictions by choosing to practice yoga naked, there is something far more empowering than the physical benefits that have been received, and that is the emotional and mental restrictions that are released and removed with each piece of clothing I take off.

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I was recently speaking with a professional photographer C Mirene about the concept of naked yoga as he shoots artistic images of the naked body and has previously worked with a model, Danamarie Julianna, who has practiced yoga since she was four years old and is now a yoga teacher.

Together they created the stunning and artistic images that have been used in this article, which reflect the concept of practicing naked yoga.

C Mirene on Facebook.
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Author: Alexsandra Myles

Editor: Travis May

Photo credits: C.Mirene—Photographic Art, Fashion, and Life (Used with permission)

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Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. Alex’s bestselling book, An Empath, is on sale now for only $1.99! Connect with her on Facebook and join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people.

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anonymous Feb 12, 2016 1:05pm

Beautiful pictures and words.. very inspirational and motivating to practice —Alex. You are very inspirational thankyou for sharing……Namaste

anonymous Dec 28, 2015 8:20am

When I began, I observed the: barefoot with non-restrictive clothing method and quickly determined that that meant, no clothing.
At first my wife and two children needed to be shielded (my wife's wishes) but now they tolerate the practice.

anonymous Oct 15, 2015 3:45pm

thank you!

anonymous Sep 16, 2015 7:26am

Nice

anonymous Aug 3, 2015 3:46am

Like your naked Yoga.

Margie

anonymous Jul 19, 2015 4:41pm

Great words of wisdom. I truly envy about the kind of life you lead, and the peace you have with yourself. I also, absolutely admire the body this model has built herself (including the non-sexual way), which speaks about the work she has put in.

anonymous Jul 18, 2015 9:24pm

Maybe there are also stages to this process. I’ve been practising yoga for nearly two years and when I started I would wear baggy sweatpants and a baggy t shirt in my regular way to cover everything, but as I practised more I changed to skin tight yoga pants so I could see my body move and then found that a baggy t shirt was irritating and got in the way and now wear a tiny exercise vest and no bra – I could never have imagined this two years ago. I still wouldn’t want to be seen in public in these clothes but feel happy and free on my yoga mat wearing them and definitely much less self conscious in everyday life. I think there are steps here. Maybe it will take me many years to each the point you have reached or maybe I’ll never get there at all but I’m enjoying the ongoing increasing self acceptance I gain through yoga.

anonymous Jun 29, 2015 9:50am

Beautiful pictures and words… one thing caught my attention though and I'm kind of ashamed by questioning it, but can't help myself. Why is she so perfectly waxed? Is it just for the photos? If so, isn't it a little contradictory with her words? Please don't get me wrong, I really liked the pictures and most of her discourse makes sense to me.

    anonymous Jun 29, 2015 1:59pm

    The words are from the author and the pics are from the model. Maybe we can get the author to send us some nude yoga pics of herself! 🙂

      anonymous Jun 29, 2015 2:35pm

      Ok! Thank you for clarifying… still, I wish I could see different body shapes to illustrate the words (either with or without hair) since the author talks about self-acceptance and self-love. Don't you think it would reach more people if there were more skin tones, more shapes, more textures? I'm mentioning it because I've seen mostly skinny, model like hiper sensual women on the internet, magazines and tv representing the Yogic world in western society. I'm not saying that they shouldn't have space at all, I'm simply questioning why the variety is narrowing more and more. If we keep on this direction, Yoga would be more like Fashion…

    anonymous Jul 18, 2015 4:09am

    She of course is beautiful. She is an actress/model who posed for the shoot. Im sure that her grooming is just part of her routine.

anonymous Jun 28, 2015 2:57pm

she has a beautiful body and a beautiful practice….but why do so many women feel the need to shave their pubic hair? I am an oncology nurse, so I have a very negative connotation to a naked pubis, b/c my patients lose all their hair….so I know for me, it's that a lot. But I also remember the fight to provide honest and beautiful images of naked women in all their hairy glory (full frontal nudity). I think a hairy pubis is very erotic, but then I am almost 60 years old!

my comment is in NO way meant to denigrate this lovely young lady-she is truly perfect and beautiful. I am just nostalgic for the old days.

    anonymous Jul 18, 2015 3:03pm

    I could not agree more, nurse Katz.

anonymous Jun 17, 2015 1:31am

very inspirational and motivating to practice………………………………….poses and pics both are with perfection. Realy the body is sculpted by dedication and practice of the yoga art. A masterpiece body .

anonymous Jun 5, 2015 7:53am

I have yet to practice any yoga but I soon will. Nagna is very tempting. I can picture myself in a dim lighted, candled room in complete silence or a bit of static noise. Thank you, Alex. You are very inspirational. 🙂

anonymous Jun 4, 2015 2:45pm

Beautiful and inspiring as all your posts, Alex. I'm glad I've discovered you 🙂

anonymous Jun 4, 2015 2:15pm

Your words are a reflection of your beautiful soul. Thankyou for sharing……Namaste

    anonymous Jun 4, 2015 2:25pm

    Gene, Thank you for your words here, I appreciate them so much and very thankful to you for taking the time to read this and for letting me know your thoughts. Namaste

Karen Trezise Aug 7, 2018 5:59am

Very good article , when I have done yoga no one looks like that very artistic and beautiful ! Accept your self by not using the most perfect models and lighting to promote your article use ones to inspire x

Carolyn Venditti Sep 6, 2016 11:18pm

This woman is a work of art.