Is your yoga routine insufficiently liberating? Strip yourself of insecurities.
Is your yoga routine insufficiently liberating? The yoga studio Bold & Naked in New York City is pushing the workout frontier, offering classes where yogis strip themselves – literally – of all their insecurities.
The studio offers all-male as well as all-female naked classes, with co-ed sessions a couple of times a week. Meant to be sensual but “not sexual,” as the website description stresses, the workout is an endeavor to be taken seriously – or not.
“The naked classes verses the clothed classes are more fun,” says co-owner Joschi Schwarz as he lists the numerous advantages of naked yoga. “You don’t have to worry about pants or what you’re going to wear; you don’t have to buy expensive clothing.”
Though Schwarz and co-owner Monika Werner opened the studio eight years ago, nude sessions were first offered two years ago.
“The naked classes verses the clothed classes are more fun,”Joschi Schwarz
It began with classes for men, among whom research indicated it was catching on the most. Then, at the start of 2014, co-ed classes were scheduled; followed by the more recent inclusion of all-female classes in the last month.
Monika Werner emphasized the particularly psychological benefits no-clothes workouts have for women: “You see real people and see that you don’t have to compare yourself to models,” asserted the yoga instructor.
Original publication 27 March, 2014
Posted on NatCorn 18th July 2020
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