Exposing Yoga’s ‘Bare’ Facts

Have you ever had a dream that you were in a room surrounded by people and everything was normal, except you were…naked?

 Trendy New York City yoga studio, Bold and Naked has made these humiliating dreams a reality by offering yoga classes in the buff.

However, for the willing participants, exposing your man and lady parts in a room full of strangers is hardly a nightmare.  The vinyasa yoga classes are intended to celebrate one’s body and free themselves of inhibitions as opposed to being sexually provocative or self-conscious.

According to ABC News online, co-owners Joschi Schwarz and Monika Werner opened the studio eight years ago and nude classes were first offered two years ago.  The naked classes were offered only for men until 2014 when the studio opened female only and co-ed classes.

“You see real people and see that you don’t have to compare yourself to models,” explains Werner in the ABC News report.

The co-owners said they have been approached multiple times to expand their Bold and Naked studios as far as Sweden, but they refused in order to focus on their current endeavor.

According to Bold and Naked’s website, “The powerful and natural aspects of touch – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – can create a deep feeling of being accepted…”

As if being in a room completely naked strangers wasn’t awkward enough, Bold and Naked offers private Tantric Yogassages where someone can choose to receive a full rub-down either naked or clothed.

The FAQ page on Bold and Naked’s website covers all the bases of any awkward question someone may have.

For example: “Can We Touch Each Other?” Believe it or not, the answer is “Yes,” because some teachers incorporate partner work and poses.

Other questions range from body image questions to wondering what happens when natural bodily functions occur.

The nude yoga trend is few and far between but random naked yoga studios have popped up in urban areas, even as local as Tempe.  Nude Yoga USA is on a bustling area of Mill Avenue.

Nude Yoga USA’s motto is reflective of Bold and Naked’s mission about providing a comfortable space for participants to relax and relieve themselves of societal norms.

Social media sites like Buzzfeed and Twitter have all acknowledged this trend.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – J. M. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NakedYoga&amp;src=hash”>#NakedYoga</a></p>&mdash; BOLD &amp; NAKED (@BOLDNAKED) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BOLDNAKED/statuses/452040915797164032″>April 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NakedYoga&amp;src=hash”>#NakedYoga</a> has become so popular, let’s bring it to Brighton! Click here to learn more about our upcoming workshop! <a href=”http://t.co/RMZ039S0y2″>http://t.co/RMZ039S0y2</a></p>&mdash; BENT YOGA (@bentyogastudio) <a href=”https://twitter.com/bentyogastudio/statuses/450955103034687488″>April 1, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean it is for everyone! <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nakedyoga&amp;src=hash”>#nakedyoga</a></p>&mdash; Rebekah Roy (@styliststuff) <a href=”https://twitter.com/styliststuff/statuses/451451158696296448″>April 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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As stated in the previous Tweet, not all publicity is good publicity.  Naked Yoga is still far from the societal norm and is faced with many skeptics and critics who are plain grossed out.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Just got an invite to coed naked yoga class. Ummmmm. No. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nakedyoga&amp;src=hash”>#nakedyoga</a></p>&mdash; Kelly PilgrimCassidy (@jklcassidy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jklcassidy/statuses/449675202151317504″>March 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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What do you think of the naked yoga trend? Would you ever try a class? Do you think this will contribute to the rise of trendy yoga?  Would it benefit Bold and Naked to expand their studios?


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