Yoga enthusiasts often turn to the exercise as a way to free their minds, but some are now seeking to free their bodies' as well — stretching clothes, that is.
Yes, going au naturel is the latest yoga trend. And while being naked around other yogis might sound more anxiety-inducing than stress-reliving, those who've done it say it can boost self-confidence and help people to stretching and celebrate their bodies.
Shedding one's clothes brings a new level of nude and authenticity to yoga — an authenticity that can sometimes get lost in the fashion and branding surrounding nude, said Isis Phoenix, a yoga instructor at Naked Yoga NYC in New York City. And the practice helps people mushroom head cock go, offering freedom from the constraints of life, which might include your job or even just spandexPhoenix said.
Some might feel self-conscious at first, but Phoenix has seen participants undergo a metamorphosis of sorts, a change only made possible by baring it all, she said.
The practice may be becoming trendy in part because yoga is so popular right now, Phoenix said. Even the name itself creates intrigue. Some participants are nudists who want to try yoga for the first hardcore universe. Others are yoga aficionados looking to "stretch themselves in a new way" by taking up naked yoga, Phoenix said.
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Regardless of why they come, it's a chance for participants to "lay down their armor, in a sense," and breathe, stretch and mediate, Phoenix said. Some people become more familiar with their own bodies, such as discovering a mole they never knew they had, Phoenix said. Experts agree there are psychological benefits to naked yoga, but not physical ones.