Beautiful inquiring article on Naturism and Teen-age Nudity by Erik Jakobsen.
I know this is something I have struggled with in being a naked yoga teacher. I have had a handful of teenagers reach out to me wanting to attend class and have turned them down saying that needed to be 18 years of age or older. It was something however that felt like an unresolve in my system. Why did I have to wait until my early 20s to find/explore naturism? I feel like I would have been a healthier and happier child if body-positive and nudity-positive examples were set for me, but I also didn’t necessarily want my parents setting them for me. A nude positive community would have been lovely to experience especially among my own peers. I also felt protective of myself, I didn’t want to cross any legal lines and thought it best to wait until someone was considered an adult and the idea of a teenager being accompanied by an adult parent also rested uncomfortably in my system. I’m glad Erik is bringing this up to discuss and share about.
I also recall teaching yoga at Rock Lodge a family friendly naturist retreat and having an incredible healing experience when I witnessed a mother and her teenage daughter practice yoga side by side next to each other. Something I previously viewed as taboo was disarmed as having the potential to be incredibly healing and dare I say holy.
Would love to hear your thoughts.