Sweaty, naked men are unacceptable in two places. One of those places is anywhere near my yoga mat. That goes for girls, too. It’s just weird. Dirty. Un-classy. You might be asking, “Why in the world is she telling me this?” It’s because a friend asked for my opinion on the Naked Class at Bold & Naked, a yoga studio in Chelsea.
Practicing yoga naked, according to the studio’s website, provides “a sense of freedom” and is not intended to be sexually evocative.
“It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and the amazing confidence that comes with it. It’s about knowing, accepting and loving yourself at your core. Practicing yoga naked frees you from negative feelings about your body and allows to to be more accepting and deeper connected with yourself and the world around you.” – Bold and Naked.
Ya ya, I get that. And it might be true that some can achieve happiness with their body by exposing it entirely. So if practicing naked, vinyasa style (think things flying around everywhere), helps one to achieve happiness, then kumbaya. But yoga is my art. Fashion, too. And my art involves doing yoga with my clothes, surrounded by like-minded company. I like to see a handsome man with a sweaty t-shirt in headstand. I don’t like to see him upside down with surprises.
Vanessa Kennedy, a naked yoga class attendee, disagrees with my fashion statement. She told Reuters,
“There are a lot of things that separate us in a normal yoga class, like what brand of yoga clothing you’re wearing or how you look when you’re wearing it, but when we’re naked, it’s like we’re all the same.”
We all know how I feel about corporate sheep and socialism. And celebrating my differences is great and all, but that’s not really the point of yoga to me. I’m looking to get in my practice and to feel good. Yoga is my time. And practicing naked would just be odd.
Don’t get me wrong. Exposing my skin, in my home practice, is very common. Often I’m wearing just panties and a bra. It’s what I’m wearing at 3am when the world is sleeping and I’ve tip toed from bed to the mat. It’s clean and pretty. Simple. But take off those pieces, and it destroys the elegance. My formal ruling is that so many different yoga styles exist. If Naked Yoga is right for you, then do it. But it’s not right for me. ;)
What do you think about naked exercise?