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“Co-Ed Naked Yoga”

Why Co-Ed Naked Yoga? by Katie Freeman originally posted on SoundBodyLife.com

“The premise of this phenomenon is definitely interesting and might surprise some. The health benefits of yoga are pretty obvious, but what is the actual reason for getting naked? Proponents defend the practice as a progressive and communal activity that promotes better body image and self-confidence.  It helps people accept who they are and feel comfortable in their body. It also removes judgment directed towards other people’s body and accept them the way they are as a person…”

Read the full story HERE

http://soundbodylife.com/co-ed-naked-yoga/

“Naked yoga in Kelowna, B.C., promotes accepting bodies as they are”

Naked yoga — where participants bare it all for their practice — is gaining traction in Kelowna, B.C., with classes aimed at helping women accept their bodies for what they are.

“The general overwhelming intention is to try to integrate the entire body to allow yourself to breathe in and become one and not reject different body parts because they are aesthetically not pleasing to you,” said instructor Suzie Doratti, who also works as a (clothed) real estate agent…

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/naked-yoga-in-kelowna-b-c-promotes-accepting-bodies-as-they-are-1.3019621?fb_action_ids=569697899874164&fb_action_types=og.shares

7 Freakin’ Good Reasons You Should Do NAKED! Yoga

By Zen Marie Holmes via mytinysecrets.com

“Practicing nude yoga allows you to accept yourself, flaws and all. You begin to love and appreciate the unique characteristics that make you, You.”

Riebicke-MyTinySecrets-Nayed-YogaHere are 7 freaking good reasons for you to take off your clothes during your next yoga session:

#1 Nude Yoga Improves Your Body Image

Everyone has parts of their physique that they are uncomfortable with: wide hips, no hips, too fat, too thin, too tall, too short and of course breast, butt, and penis size.

Women in particular have a tendency to feel insecure with their bodies. Especially after having given birth some feel their breasts hang lower, and their waist or abdomen may have stretch marks, excess skin or additional weight – all of which are very natural.

Read the full article HERE:

http://mytinysecrets.com/7-freakin-good-reasons-you-should-do-naked-yoga/

VICTORY! Yoga Alliance Lawyers backdown and agree to a disclaimer from Naked Yoga Alliance.

Dearest Naked Yogis:

Below is the letter that a beloved entourage of naked yoga enthusiasts who are also lawyers helped me craft. Big thanks to lawyer/yogis Lloyd, Eric, Lisa, Jen, Cliff and the dozen other law enthusiasts who offered their support as well as everyone who as shared their thoughts, emails and humor around the situation. Your feedback is our life blood and what keeps this Alliance going. Though we get to keep our name, the entire ordeal has raised larger questions of naked yoga being pushed out of main stream yoga and being labeled as the black sheep or the red headed stepchild. The next step feels like addressing the core issue of why Yoga Alliance does not want to be associated with naked yoga as this starts to become both a civil and human rights issues.

Stay tuned for the letter to Yoga Alliance that will follow. I will be posting it here for feedback.

Love,

Isis Phoenix

LETTER TO PAT JENNINGS, lawyer for YOGA ALLIANCE:

“Dear Mr. Jennings,

I am in receipt of your letter of March 16, 2015 (Ref. 25741-000012). A closer examination of the screen shots you provided will reveal that I never use the words “Yoga Alliance” alone just as your client never uses them preceded by the word “Naked.” Naked Yoga Alliance is a clearly distinct entity – indeed strikingly so – and we do not believe Naked Yoga Alliance constitutes a violation of trademark. None of my hundreds of communications in relation to the organization has suggested such a confusion.

Moreover, Naked Yoga Alliance was not created for commercial purposes. It does not create confusion in the marketplace, or at least any more confusion. A brief search of the Internet reveals a plethora of organizations that include the two words “yoga alliance.” Your client even maintains a site with a list of organizations that include those two words and are not affiliated with your client. (https://www.yogaalliance.org/Learn/Article_Archive/Not_All_YAs_Are_The_Same)

Yoga Alliance is Not Affiliated with Other “Yoga Alliances”

Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Registry are operated and maintained by Yoga Alliance staff in the U.S. Yoga Alliance is not affiliated or connected with any of the following entities:

  • The Canadian Yoga Alliance
  • European Yoga Alliance
  • Indian Yoga Alliance
  • Spiritual Yoga Alliance
  • World Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga Alliance Argentina
  • Yoga Alliance Asia Pacific/Southeast Asia
  • Yoga Alliance Asia
  • Yoga Alliance Australia
  • Yoga Alliance of Chile
  • Yoga Alliance International
  • Yoga Alliance UK

Here are some more: World Real Yoga Alliance, Hot Yoga Alliance, Canadian Yoga Alliance and International Yoga Alliance for Ethics. I doubt that one more would have any impact on the distinctiveness of your client’s mark. May I suggest your client simply include Naked Yoga Alliance on the list? I have invested a great deal of money, time and effort in forming Naked Yoga Alliance as a distinct and independent entity. I am not inclined to change the name. I will, however, be happy to include on my website a disclaimer that Naked Yoga Alliance is not affiliated with Yoga Alliance.

Regards,

Isis Phoenix

“Dear Ms. Phoenix,

Yoga Alliance would appreciate it if you would please put a disclaimer on your Web site indicating that Naked Yoga Alliance is not affiliated with Yoga Alliance.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this request.

Regards,

Pat Jennings”

Yoga Alliance sends its lawyer attack dogs on Naked Yoga Alliance

Dearest Naked Yogis,

I received what was at first a startling email yesterday from a lawyer from a firm with way to many names in the title. Patrick Jennings of Pillsbury Winthrop, Shaw, Pitman LLP wrote to me informing me that the not-for-profit organization Yoga Alliance was very upset that I have used Naked Yoga Alliance in my blog leading or as they imply mis-leading people to believe I have affiliations with the organization. In their requests that I cease and desist any and all use of the phrase Yoga Alliance from my website, Peter also tells me that among other things I need to destroy anything I have printed with those words on them including articles of clothing.

Hello Patrick, we don’t wear clothing. We’re naked.

I was looking over the Yoga Alliance website and was reminded of their motto “Many Paths, One Yoga Alliance.” Many Paths. Strangely they exclude naked yoga as being a valid path. The letter says “Yoga Alliance does not wish to be associated with naked yoga…”

Hence our need for our own Alliance. Our own NAKED Yoga Alliance.

I presently have a team of naked yoga lawyers who have formed their own alliance who are drafting a response.

Read Peter’s letter to me here: Naked Yoga Alliance Letter

Winner of the Naked Yoga Challenge!!! HONTOUNIHEART

HontouniHeart After sifting through the beautiful pictures and inspirational quotes I received from the Naked Yoga Challenge, I realized I had created an impossible task of choosing a ‘BEST’ photo. Really, what was I thinking… Every photo was the BEST! Each one wonderful in its own way. Each person who submitted a photo varied from an absolute first time naked yoga practitioner who was inspired by Challenge and explored the idea of trying naked yoga for the first time, to seasoned naked yoga teachers who had their own movements. There was, however, one individual who wrote to me regularly about how the Challenge was taking her deeper into her own practice. She submitted three photos each quite different and capturing a different essence of what she experienced in the naked yoga practice. She wrote up an article on her experience of the Challenge that was posted on Clothes Free Life. The Challenge turned out to mean more to her than taking a cute selfie of a creative pose. It took her deeper into her own conscious inquiry of the human body / spirit union. I called her last week and we spent an hour on the phone speaking about her naked yoga practice and her experience of conscious nudity. This is her story…

Interview with Nude Yogi and Clothes Free Lifestylist Hontouniheart

When did you first start practicing naked yoga?

Hontouni Heart Day 24 - GoddessYoga has been a part of my life for three and a half years. I first began practicing naked yoga late last summer. I was tagged on Instagram for a yoga challenge called Naked Soul Yoga conceived by @iamreneewatkins / @nakedsoulyoga. It sounded interesting and I had a yoga practice and I thought “Sure! Why not?!” In the challenge, participants took a picture of themselves nude in a yoga pose each day for one month. I started taking pictures of myself and began sharing in the challenge. It went from there.

It brought me into a whole other aspect of being in my own skin. I’m tactile and movement is an important part of how I experience the world. I enjoyed being in my skin, didn’t have to think about what outfit to wear. At the same time I was feeling so many different things during the challenge. Sometimes I felt self-conscious about my appearance as I looked at the other yogis who were submitting photos. I found myself thinking, my body doesn’t look like that person’s body and their expression of the yoga pose. As I was feeling those feelings, however, I also began to sit with them.

After completing my participation in that round of Naked Soul Yoga challenge, I continued to share naked yoga posts here and there along with others who had dialed into the community. In time, I saw a lot of comments on posts using descriptions like ‘sexy’ and so forth. And some posts took on that theme as well. Sometimes fuller discussions within that theme would unfold. This brought up a lot for me. I began to feel like discussions strayed away from the actual yoga and were taking on more of a sexual tone. For me, it felt like the attraction and sexual energy that was being created was overtaking everything else. There were very few people I connected with about the actual experience of the yoga. I felt pretty self-conscious about that.

I committed to finish that particular yoga challenge even though it brought up many different feelings and emotions. I chose to stay present and complete my own inquiry rather than put my clothes back on and stop participating.  The leaders of Naked Soul Yoga, themselves, did a great job of presenting the yoga and keeping that focus consistently in how they offered it. And some shares from participants moved and inspired me as well. I also enjoyed participating in and co-leading Natural Foundations Yoga challenges in the fall, which was created by a clothes free lifer @homeclothesfreeyogi. He is also dedicated to the exploration of the yoga in practice, philosophy, action off the mat and reflection. It was offered to participants as clothing optional, and the focus never strayed; other co-leaders of that challenge maintained the focus on the yoga beautifully as well. There were a number of participants that gained a lot of personal depth from it, based on their shares. So, those particular clothing free yoga experiences were very, very positive and deepening for me.

But, after completing a final round of Naked Soul Yoga in December, I eventually decided to dial down my Instagramming. I realized I was spending hours looking at other posts and associated discussions rather than being present with other things in my life. I spent a lot of time comparing myself to others or thinking about what was wrong with me.

When I saw the Naked Yoga Challenge posted on Naked Yoga Alliance, I was hesitant to jump into another one because of everything that had come up for me in the recent past. But I also realized that this one was different. I didn’t know who else was participating. There wasn’t a sexual vibe to it. It seemed to be about yoga. There was a quote each day I could think about and I could simply try on each pose you offered to see how it felt in my own skin. All I had was to explore the moment, my body and my yoga. Sometimes I cried, other times it was peaceful and some days it was jolly and joyful.

Has your naked yoga practice opened up other opportunities for you to explore conscious nudity?

After my first naked yoga challenge, my naked explorations slowly began to take me off the mat. They started small with something like, walking to the kitchen to get a drink of water after my yoga practice. Next I found myself sleeping naked and getting out of bed and making my morning tea without clothes as well. I kept exploring.

“What would it be like to sit at my computer and answer emails without clothes on?” I wondered. Eventually I began to eat some of my meals naked. Finally I thought after practicing naked yoga one day, what if I just rolled up my mat and stayed in my skin… period. It was a fun rediscovering – I have a body. My armpits were feeling the air. My belly button came back – I have one – wow! I have awareness of toes and toenails now, not just a block of foot under my ankles. I have breasts and nipples and when I sit down they hit the table. It was a slow process of moving from self-consciousness to consciousness. Little parts of my body would come alive. Little moments of awareness would creep in.

It sounds like you didn’t grow up in a nude friendly environment and that being naked is a new practice for you.

Yes, that’s true, I didn’t grow up like this but I did share with my mom about the naked yoga challenge. We’re very close and can have a woman to woman conversation. She heard how excited I was about exploring this and the excitement is what landed on her. She noticed I started writing again and my whole personality was opening up more. It felt special to have her support and to have someone I could be open and honest with about this. This part of myself that was opening up started showing up in my other relationships. Parts of myself I had hidden away began coming out. I was talking to a friend and found myself telling her about parts of my past that I had never told anyone. The conversations I was having started including my whole self. It was incredible to be honest with myself, to own past experiences that I had locked away and to speak about them openly.

Tell me about your experience of your yoga practice right now.

Hontouni Heart Day 18 - BoardOne of my friends recently gave me a naked yoga DVD called Yoga Undressed. With this DVD, I began to explore a flow style of yoga. It has completely transformed my yoga practice. I felt so powerful. It was a whole new yoga. As my clothes free practice continued to open and evolve, I’ve been referred to as  ‘Goddess’ and ‘Queen’ and would receive tag words on my photos like ‘beauty’ and ‘power.’ This was not language I used or I had in my life much. It was new language and it was new to see myself that way.

The teachers at the studio where I practice clothed yoga say the phrase “Consider the possibility…” They would say it around places where we encountered challenge. “Consider the possibility you can touch your toes, even if you can’t right now.” Considering the possibility begins to fire the muscles and nerves in your body and creates new pathways for opening into a deeper space. I began to also consider the possibility around being beautiful, being powerful, being a Goddess. After considering it, I began to feel it. I began to feel powerful and beautiful. I began to feel like I was enough.

Have you taken any group naked yoga classes yet?

I haven’t gone to a social event yet. I’m scared, but I want to.

What advice would you give to someone considering the possibility of practicing naked yoga for the first time?

At first it might seem weird. Try it anyway without feeling the need to ignore your current thoughts. Get in a pose and just let it land. Accept it. Be with whatever comes up.