As two bloggers who have recently returned from wonderful summer vacations, we know what it is to feel totally blissed out and relaxed.
But we realized that we were going to need a little help maintaining our summertime zen when the post-vacation laundry began to amass, and we saw the chauffeuring schedule we need to keep up between the kids’ camps and sports practices over the next few weeks. Blergh.
We decided to consult Pinterest for ideas to keep our serenity from waning.
As we began to search we came across a lot of yoga pins. YOGA! What an interesting idea! On the plus side, we realized that a lot of our really calm and happy friends practice yoga. Also, we practically LIVE in yoga pants so we already have the wardrobe! SCORE! On the negative side, we are not partial to things that make us sweat, or require immense amounts of coordination and flexibility while listening to Enya.
It was looking like a toss up. But when we saw THIS pin, we knew the scales had tipped…
Pinterest Nightmare #451: Naked Yoga
There is a new and exciting trend sweeping the nation. It’s called Naked Yoga! Participants not only get blissed out and centered, they get absolutely buck naked!
Naked Yoga is just like regular yoga but with 100% less clothing. It really gives new meaning to your standard Half Moon Pose.
(Proponents of Naked Yoga do not believe in censoring the human body. I put the black bars in the photo to protect your delicate sensibilities, gentle readers, and to hopefully keep you from getting fired if your boss walks by your cubical while you are reading this post.)
The FAQs of the most popular Naked Yoga studio in NYC can help us understand a lot about the practice of Naked Yoga:
Q: Why do you have to be naked? A: Naked Yoga allows you to connect to your authentic self and frees you from the chains of negative feelings about your body.
Exactly! I don’t want to be connecting with my counterfeit self which everyone knows is totally likely if I’m wearing stupid clothes! And I can’t think of anything that would make me feel more comfortable or free from negative feelings than squatting in front of a classroom full of naked people.
Q: Do you mind if I just watch a class? A:Sorry. Observers are not allowed.
This is good to know. I certainly don’t want anyone standing in an observation room aligning their own chakras while I’m getting busy perfecting my Downward Dog. They better drop trou and grab a mat like rest of us.
Q: What about photography? Is that permitted? A: We keep the lights very dim for a calm environment. We find flash photography distracts from the experience, so no photography is allowed.
Good policy! Nobody wants to be lunging in a Lizard Pose only to be blinded by a flash and see spots for the next 10 minutes. If the lights were bright enough to take photos without a flash, that would be another story.
Q: Do I need to worry about what my body might do? A: No! Normal bodily functions are embraced.
Um…I’m new to yoga. What *exactly* might my body…do? (Besides flop around in an unappealing way because I am attempting to do a headstand whilst naked?) I am not really used to embracing the bodily functions of anyone with whom I do not share a last name. Even then, I think “embrace” is a strong word. Thank goodness I have Naked Yoga to help me achieve the enlightenment necessary to put “embrace” and “bodily functions” together in the same sentence.
Q: Why is it important not to eat a heavy meal before class? A: Some people may feel nauseous if they have eaten a meal 2 to 3 hours before coming to class.
Yes! I can confirm that I ate 4 hours ago, and I’m feeling pretty nauseous right now.
We know exactly what you’re thinking after reading those FAQs… Where’s the closet Naked Yoga studio in my town?!! (and also what’s the easiest way to obtain a case of Clorox wipes to sanitize my mat?) Namaste!
Oh, Pinterest. No…just no.