Stripping down the benefits of naked yoga

A woman meditates in a forest naked in the crossed-legged seated position.

Like its saucy sister Tantra, naked yoga is a bit of a forbidden fruit in the world of yoga.

We’ve all heard about it, seen it pop up on a yoga retreat or passed by a nude yoga studio, but few have dared to undress and join a naked yoga class.

Why is that?

Well, for one, bending into downward dog stark naked with a bunch of complete strangers is bound to be a little awkward.

And secondly, why practise yoga naked when you can do it fully clothed. It’s the same thing, right?

Actually, it’s not.

As more people strip down with naked yoga, we’re uncovering just how beneficial practising yoga nude is for our physical and mental wellbeing.

So, before you shy away from this sizzling style, have a look at the wondrous benefits stepping out of your comfort zone and yoga pants can have on your mind, body and spirit. 

What is naked yoga?

Naked yoga is exactly what you think it is. It’s practising simple asanas in a studio with like-minded yogis, except you’re naked.

Yip, you read that correctly. 

Nude, bare-bottomed, au naturel, completely starkers… should we go on?

If you’re the type of person to clutch onto your towel in the changing room or scurry off to the nearest cubicle to undress, then the thought of that probably just sent shivers down your spine.

But joining a nude yoga class is more common and comfortable than you think.

Although nude yoga has only recently appeared in the spotlight, the practice has been a popular way to reach spiritual liberation and improve yoga posture for centuries.

A significant part of Indian philosophy, many gurus believed that practising yoga without any material possessions or corrupt thoughts was the purest and most natural way to practice.

Top benefits of naked yoga

A woman holds her palms to her chest feeling confident and full of self love while practising naked yoga.

There are few things more freeing than yoga in the nude.

No wire from your bra stabbing you in the chest or negative thoughts running through your head.

It’s just you and yoga.

Although daunting at first, this liberating style of yoga has many amazing benefits once you learn to let go and simply be, butt cheeks and all.

Enhances self-esteem

No one is perfect.

Although movies and magazines say otherwise, a naked yoga class will reveal that everyone is different, and that’s okay, even fantastic!

After a few sessions, you’ll start to become more comfortable with how your body looks and feels, and begin to embrace all the things that make you unique.

Improves posture and flexibility

When you practise yoga naked, you are naturally more aware of your body.

With no clothing or negative thoughts to get in the way, you can experience each movement deeper and push your limits like never before.

Over time, you’ll notice an improvement in your yogic posture and overall flexibility.

Strengthens mind-body connection

Although physical, naked yoga is an intensely spiritual practice.

Practising in the nude is one of the rawest and most authentic ways to experience yoga or meditation.

In a naked yoga class, there are no judgements or restrictions to hinder your focus or interrupt your flow.

It’s a safe and nurturing environment where you can dive into your practice fully, connecting within and discovering parts of yourself you never knew existed.

Bolsters intimacy

Nude yoga gives yogis a chance to embrace every aspect of their bodies wholeheartedly and tap into their sexuality.

During a session, you’ll be encouraged to acknowledge your body, breath and the sensations you feel throughout.

This grants us greater freedom over our own bodies, which is both magical for your sex life and a beautifully intimate experience within.

Improves overall health 

Like other popular styles of yoga, nude yoga can have a remarkable impact on your overall health.

Most nude yoga classes include relaxing fluid movements, meditation and rhythmic breathing exercises which help increase circulation throughout the body.

This ensures your organs are functioning properly and bolsters your overall health.

How to try naked yoga

A young woman sits in the crossed-legged position with prayer hands and eyes closed in a naked yoga class.

There are many ways you can practise nude yoga!

Although intimidating at first, naked yoga classes offer a raw and real experience of the practice, with dozens of unclothed students all joining in to reap its benefits in a calm and comfortable environment.

If diving into a nude yoga class is a bit too bold for you, undressing and rolling out your yoga mat at home is a great way to start.

You can leave your underwear on and flow through a basic Vinyasa class or jump in completely nude, whatever works for you!

Just remember to relax, breathe and have fun with it!

As you get more comfortable practising in the nude, the next step is to join a yoga retreat.

With Basubu’s bespoke online marketplace, you can browse a variety of liberating retreats and experience a new yoga style like never before.

Elevate your yoga journey today with Basubu.