Naked Yoga Alliance interviews Megan Leigh “Clothes Free” Yoga in Tempe, AZ

Megan Leigh YogaName: 

Megan Leigh Yoga

City where you teach naked yoga: 

Tempe, AZ

What inspired you to begin teaching naked yoga?

I loved the idea of stripping away the layers both physically and figuratively speaking, so I decided to try Katrina Rainsong’s R.A.W. Nude Yoga class and instantly fell in love with the freedom of practicing without the restriction and distraction of clothing. I wanted to teach my own clothing-optional yoga classes to help others find that freedom and comfort in their natural state.

How has teaching and practicing naked yoga transformed you and your personal yoga practice?

I have far less distractions and things hindering my practice now that I practice nude. Think of the freedom of never having to pick a wedgie from your bum after a lunge or forward fold 😉 Both practicing and teaching naked yoga have transformed me into a more body-positive and self-loving person. It is beautiful to see a group of people of varying body-types, age-groups, and cultures all feeling comfortable enough in their own skin to strip away their ego and their clothing.

What do you see as the unique benefits for teaching naked yoga?

Less Restriction in movement and breath, less distraction, more mindfulness and connection to body-breath-spirit, release of negative body-image-issues, and a more clear and concise view and understanding of safe alignment in asanas.

Tell us an interesting story that occurred in your yoga class.

It was definitely interesting the time some very intense and dramatic classical music began blaring through the wall from next door during our savasana! 😛

Megan Leigh YogaWhat is your advice to a first time naked yoga practitioner who might be experiencing jitters about attending his/her first class?

I always tell my students to treat nude yoga just like any other yoga class in the way that you honor your body and your practice as you are showing up in that moment. Only do what you are comfortable with, and remember it’s not a competition, ever. Do what feels natural and right for your practice, such as starting clothed and slowly taking off articles of clothing as your body heats up with the practice. If you only feel like shirtless yoga one day, then do that, the pants will follow when you’re ready 🙂

How can people find out more about your class?

They can find me on Facebook by ‘Liking’ Megan Leigh Yoga and messaging me there.

For the Yogis not on FB, they can always email me at meganrose89@hotmail.com

4 thoughts on “Naked Yoga Alliance interviews Megan Leigh “Clothes Free” Yoga in Tempe, AZ

  1. Bare Beach Bum (@BareBeachBum)

    You would think that with all of the articles I see and read about nude yoga that finding a class would be fairly easy. I searched for over a year around Denver and I finally found an instructor that teaches it privately. I cannot imagine doing yoga any other way for the reason that Megan described above. Every movement feels so natural and more fluid, and the body is able to breathe. Much like swimming, I can’t see me practicing it any other way. Now that the weather is better we will be doing it outside when possible. The only way that I think it would be better is in a group setting.

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    1. Isis Phoenix Post author

      Thanks for writing about your struggles in finding a class. My hope is that through continued raising awareness, more classes will pop up. Please stay in touch if a group class opens in your area so we can put it on our listing and I encourage you to approach your local yoga studio or a teacher you trust about possibly starting a class.

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