How to Practice Nude Yoga

Want to get buff while exercising … in the buff? Learn how to practice nude yoga!

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Learn all the basic yoga poses -- downward facing dog, lotus, plank, and so on -- so you can get toned and find a little inner calmness, too.

 
 

You Will Need

  • Self-assuredness
  • Mat
  • A yoga partner (optional)
  • Shower or bath (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Understand nude yoga

    Understand nude yoga. Practicing yoga without the encumbrance of clothing is meant to be sensual, not sexual.

  2. Nude yoga instructors say erections are common and nothing to be embarrassed about.

  3. Step 2

    Find a class

    Call yoga studios in your area to see if they offer nude yoga. Some classes are co-ed; others are male- or female-only. Male-only classes -- and nude yoga in general -- tend to draw mostly gay men.

  4. Step 3

    Ask about poses

    Ask what kind of yoga is practiced in the nude yoga class. Some feature mostly solo poses with a few partnered ones, while others revolve around positions done with another class member. Also inquire about the difficulty level of the yoga practiced.

  5. Step 4

    Know what to bring

    Know what to bring to practice nude yoga. You needn't bring your own partner; you can team up with someone in the class. But you do need to bring your own mat.

  6. Bathing before class is strongly advised.

  7. Step 5

    Start a class

    If nude yoga is not available in your area, approach an instructor about starting a class; many nude yoga classes are held informally in private residences. Just make sure the teacher is certified to teach yoga.

  8. Nude yoga enjoyed a surge in popularity after a New York-based teacher opened a "Hot Nude Yoga" studio in 2001.

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