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Naked Yoga Alliance Interviews nude yoga instructor Steven Russell


Steven RusselName: 

Steven Russell

City where you teach naked yoga: 

Matawan, New Jersey and Asbury Park, New Jersey

What inspired you to begin teaching naked yoga?

I have always loved being naked. I have been going to a nude beach for 30 years. I started taking nude yoga classes in New York City in about 2005. When I became a yoga teacher in 2010 it just made sense to start a nude class.

agoalen_yoga_steven-8800How has teaching and practicing naked yoga transformed you and your personal yoga practice? 

I find that when I am naked, especially when I’m practicing with other naked people, I focus much more on my own practice. I’m much less distracted by others. When I’m teaching naked yoga I find that I pay much more attention to the students’ bodies, their breathing, their alignment, than when they are clothed. I find the clothes are distracting. The opportunity to be naked and to move and breathe is a great motivator to get me to practice, and to attend classes.

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

I find that there is an instant bond among the members of the class that takes a long time to develop, if it ever does, in a clothed class.

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

About a year after I started a nude men’s class one of the men who had been coming for about a year came to class and told the class that he had attended one of my other, clothed, classes. He said with some delight that it was the first time he had ever done yoga with clothes on. Until then he had only attended my naked class.

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

If you hesitate, you might never do it. Go with the interest that brought you to consider naked yoga and just go. The people there will also be naked, and have had the same jitters you have. They will be completely understanding, and welcoming.

 agoalen_yoga_steven-How can people find out more about your class?

http://www.meetup.com/Central-New-Jersey-Yoga-for-Men/

www.becomingsoundyoga.com

http://www.kurstudios.com/

“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/

Memories from Naked Yoga NYC’s heyday

A lovely email written to me by Jim during the heyday of beginning naked yoga in New York City.  I attached a photo of the time referenced in his email to me.

LAP_7284 DSC_0176“Dear Isis,

I was in the city today at the Javits Center and say the sign for the High Line, so being that I had never walked it, I did it today.

At 14th street, I noticed that I was at the location of those roof top nude yoga sessions that you had. It brought back some fond memories of those ground breaking times, most likely never to be seen again.

 It looks like that building has fallen victom to the wrecking ball, but that area has gone thorough so many changes, I can not be sure. 

That was such a cool thing to do and was well worth washing off 50 years of NYC dirt of my skin and my mat. (I never did get my mat clean so after that, I used it work on my motorcycle)

Please have a wonderful Christmas and I hope your new year is full of fun and adventure and may our paths cross soon.

Jim”

What Really Happens During a Co-Ed Naked Yoga Class

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.

Click HERE the Link for the FULL Story

Women’s Naked Yoga – Why I’m Taking the Women Away from Mix-Gender Yoga Classes

Women’s Naked Yoga: Why I’m Taking the Women Away From Mixed-Gender Yoga Classes

by Isis Phoenix REBLOGGED via Young Naturists America

Isis Phoenix“Why are you taking the women away from us?!” exclaimed one of my most devoted male yoga students. He was a man in his late sixties and a longtime naturist who for most of his life was deeply committed to a nudist lifestyle. This was in 2008 when I was newly teaching naked yoga classes in New York and had a small but devoted following that filled up my twelve-person yoga studio several times a week. The comment came as a reaction to putting a women’s naked yoga class on the otherwise mixed-gendered weekly yoga schedule. The comment was almost childlike when it exited his mouth. “Why are you taking the women away from us?! That is a horrible idea!” he said, sounding more like an eight year old whose elementary school teacher had just informed him that recess would be cancelled rather than a mature sixty-eight year old yogi dedicated to a bi-weekly practice…. Read the FULL STORY BELOW: http://youngnaturistsamerica.com/womens-naked-yoga/

Beautiful article on a woman’s naked yoga experience in London.

The title of this article is a bit deceptive. The writer makes no claims of better sex in the article. She does, however, claim feeling more comfortable in her skin and in her identity as a middle-aged woman. Bravo.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/high50/naked-yoga_b_6177226.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000039

p.s. Women’s Naked Yoga begins in Central Massachusetts Dec 3rd.