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.
Sweet article about the typical first time jitters to a naked yoga class. The author sites however that Bold and Naked Yoga is NYC’s first co-ed class and is obviously unaware of the long history of teachers and co-ed nude yoga in NY.
Due to the growing number of requests form women as well as men for naked yoga in Central Massachusetts, I am in an effort to secure a space for a gender-inclusive naked yoga. I took the bold move of cold emailing some studios to see if there was rental space for one night a month and to also see if there happened to be a simpatico studio who would actually welcome a naked yoga class into their space. I received an email response almost immediately from Sam Goldman of Bikram Yoga Auburn. Note: A little bit about Bikram yoga – this practice is done in a heated room and people wear next to nothing.
Below is my email followed by Sam’s response.
I’ve recently moved to Central Massachusetts after a long run with my own studio and practice in New York City. For many years I taught regular vinyasa as well as the unique and healing practice of naked yoga.
I’ve had requests by several students to begin a naked yoga class in the area of Central Massachusetts and am currently looking for rental space or a simpatico studio that would like to perhaps incorporate a naked yoga class or rent their studio one evening a month to one – dates are flexible.If this feels like a good fit for your studio please let me know.
In the meantime, I have a blog on the practice with recent press articles if you’d like to learn more:
thank you very much for your time… I really needed a good laugh.
I do not think naked yoga is a good fit… I dont know how my clientele would look at that…
My response to Sam:
Thank you for you taking the time to write back.
Each yoga practitioner brings his or her own mat.
Part of the practice is around healing body shame which is often guarded by laughter and dismissal of something that has the potential to transform. If you desire a further conversation around the therapeutic benefits of the practice I am available for that.
Isis Phoenix’s Interview with Beth Nolan.Beth Nolan, 48. Beth Nolan is a Licensed Massage Therapist,Yoga teacher, energy healer using Reiki and Dowsing and Health Kinesiologist.
I’ve always been a nudist, a naturist, someone who wants to be free. When I was little, I loved to streak. Needless to say, my parents found my nakedness inappropriate. Growing up, I was confused why I had to wear a shirt and my older brother didn’t. My parents wouldn’t allow this inherent freedom of expression and celebration of the body, especially the female body. In Kindergarden, I was at a sleepover at a friend’s – I decided to try my luck and walk around shirtless to see if I cold get away with it. My friend’s mother came up to me immediately and said “I don’t know what you do in your house but we don’t allow that here.”
At age twelve, I developed psoriasis. My parents generation was one that grew up idolizing doctors. No doctor could find anything to cure me. My streaking subsided. Then there was an actual need to cover up. Itchy, red, scaly patches on my knees and elbows, on my torso and scalp. I always wore long pants and shirts. At the beach I would cover up in a onepiece.
In my teens, I was in a bad car accident. It left me with a limp. I found an amazing chiropractor that worked with me on healing my body. He introduced me to the power of energy medicine, dowsing and muscle testing. I was amazed at my body’s ability to heal itself with this support. I started working in the chiropractic office as an assistant when I was seventeen. I became attune to the energy meridians in people’s bodies and learned how to support patients with supplements and diet through muscle testing and dowsing. It took a few years, but muscle testing ultimately helped me keep my psorasis in check by figuring out what foods were causing my irritation and what supplements would support my digestive system.
The chiropractor’s office was just the beginning. I went on to train and become a massage therapist. My mom couldn’t understand why I would want to touch people and always had questions about who I was massaging. To me it was a natural extension of my own healing journey. My massage teacher told me, in order to have any longevity in massage, I needed to practice yoga. I did yoga for years as a way to heal and restore my body and eventually went on to become certified as a yoga teacher.
I’ve been working in some form of alternative healing for over 30 years. As for my own healing and exploration Tantra, breathwork and Orgasmic Meditation has helped get to the bottom of core issue. The issue of shame. As I release the deep seeded beliefs of my family, It has been a big part of my own healing and then became a gift I could offer others. Trauma, injuries, conditions – they come and go, but each accident or illness has taught me more about my healing journey. My body is always communicating to me, if I eat sugar the itchy scales start up again. By listening, I’m present to my body’s needs and I am really grateful to have these tools to support me and free me from old beliefs. In my celebration of self love and connection, I’m hoping to guide other people on their healing journey.
Beth teaches naturist yoga in New Yoga and New Jersey.
“Naked yoga probably sounds weird and crazy to many but if you take the time to understand it (and maybe even try it!) I bet you will see how it has the ability to be very beneficial. It was (and is) to me. The first time I tried it I had only done yoga on one or two occasions because I had to for high school gym class. Being naked in front of total strangers was not something I would ever consider doing. But when I found out naked yoga existed I thought this might just be that outside-the-box remedy I was looking for to help me overcome all the insecurities I felt about my body.
As a boy growing up playing many different sports I always felt like I was too small and too weak which sent me down a self destructive path full of drug use, depression and suppression of the negative feelings I had about myself and my physical appearance. It wasn’t until I discovered naked yoga that I felt comfortable enough to embrace my body and feel good about the way I looked.
Yesterday, I received an email from Abigail Ekue who’s been interviewed on this blog and also a huge advocate and supporter of naked yoga. She mentioned to me in an email that her recent photography exhibit got pulled from an art show for show-casing a series photographs of nude men, part of her “Bare Men” series. When I went to view her series online CLICK HERE, I saw only beautiful artistic nude photographs, tasteful and discerning. I read below the reason for them choosing to pull the her work from the show which reminds me still how very far we have come and still have to go in releasing shame and transmuting fear around the human body.
Photographs from my Bare Men series which were selected for a juried show set for April 9th have been pulled from the exhibit because,“it appears almost all of the works reflect landscapes, citiscapes, nature and a hint of street photography… I have asked around to the other exhibitors to find out if they would be willing to share a screen with you given the nature of your work. No one wanted to do so almost all for the same reasons of claiming that they and their guests would have to also see your images in order to see theirs – because the screens rotate images – and they do not want their guests to feel offended
…we must pull your work from the exhibition… We usually have a good mixture of genres of photography in the past, including nudes, but this exhibition has seemed to draw out more simpler and softer genres, and your images will not fit into this particular show.”
I love when I underestimate the amount of beautiful souls who want to get naked and celebrate their holy body and sensual spirits. Such a beautiful Holy Body Retreat in NYC this past Sunday with Rev. Goddess Charmaine, myself and our beloved community. Naked Yoga, Naked Church, Trance Dance, love and blessings to our body temples and sensual spirits.