I have bad news for any yoga fans out there.
It’s time to put away your Lululemon yoga pants and your nice crop tops and your baggy singlets. Because everything with clothes is out.
And naked yoga is IN.
Actually, if you’re already someone who isn’t shy about bearing a bit of flesh, this isn’t bad news for you at all. (Think of the potential savings, if you’re the type who splashes out for fancy gym gear then you could save $1,000 a year at least!)
But for the rest of you – the ones who are seriously uncomfortable with getting nuddy and doing a whole lot of compromising yoga poses in a room full of strangers (AKA the vast majority of the appropriately demure population), this trend is… not so great.
Naked yoga has actually been around for awhile but it’s only just going mainstream after a Daily Mail article gave it some attention. While naked yoga popular in major US cities such as New York, there are also studios in Australia that offer naked yoga classes – many of which cater predominantly to men. (Apparently hoards of gay men really took to naked yoga during the 70s and 80s, and they’ve kept up the trend ever since.)
According to the yoga school featured in the article, “Practicing yoga naked frees you from negative feelings about your body and allows [you] to be more accepting and deeper connected with yourself and the world around you.” But you know, pictures speak louder than words, so check it:
If there is a part of you that wants to try out a naked yoga class, I’ve put together some dos and don’ts so that you arrive adequately prepared. You’re welcome.