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Naked Yoga Alliance Interviews naked yoga teacher Anya from New Jersey.

AnyaName:

Anya Castellano 

City where you teach naked yoga:

Asbury Park, New Jersey

What inspired you to begin teaching naked yoga?

I began practicing Naked Yoga years after I was practicing and teaching clothed yoga. My naked yoga practice began in my home and then I ventured into NYC and took a class. It was completely a different feeling then I ever experienced in a practice with my cloths on. The opportunity arouse for me to share this practice and so it began.

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

Teaching Naked Yoga feels more like sharing. Sharing and exposing others to this practice has opened me up to new places within myself that I never experienced before. My chakras feel more open and balanced and there is more energy moving through me. Practicing Naked yoga like any yoga is a process. In this process, I have become aware of thoughts, beliefs and emotions that are causing blocks.  As I become aware of them I work on releasing them through the practice. In the naked yoga practice, you are in your own energy field without the energy of human made cloth, and that cloth takes on an energy.  In the practice you have the opportunity to experience your own energy, your skin is able to breathe, you feel more expansive and it becomes a more  liberating practice.

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

Unique benefits for teaching naked yoga include stepping outside of your comfort zone, out of the box and sharing a practice that you believe in.  Teaching naked yoga gives students an opportunity to experience it, without the teachers they would not have this opportunity.

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

A common but interesting story is a student coming in to a class both male or female expressing their nervousness. As a teacher, I listen and hold a space for where they are. My intention is to make them feel comfortable and safe. Within the class, the nervousness melts away and they feel comfortable and at ease. Recently, I had a male share with me before class about body image issues, cultural programming that made coming to naked yoga uncomfortable…after class he shared openly with the class about what he released and how much lighter he was feeling. He then went to write an extensive review and share his experiences that can be found on Yelp for Kur studios.

Here is an excerpt:

I had my first taste of absolute freedom and carefree. The first naked yoga class was funny for me and I learned a lot about myself. This was a challenge to get out of my comfort zone.  This was a fight within myself, internal discussion of clothed yoga and undressed yoga. There was too much noise in my head.  This was a fantasy fight to win approval and acceptance of my body image and confrontation of beliefs. I was able to learn that removing clothing is a symbolic way to represent removing social restrictions and wrong beliefs.”

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

If you are a new student and contemplating going to a naked yoga class it is completely natural to experience jitters… I did. My advice is to go with an open mind and focus on one breath at a time. Be in your own space and witness your thoughts with a non judgmental attitude, observe how your body is feeling. With this you may have an experience of opening up and experiencing something within that you have never experienced before.

 How can people find out more about your class? You can either visit

www.kurstudios.com Or www.anyacastellano.com

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

Highlights from the Naked Yoga Challenge: “Naked Yoga is a physical manifestation of choosing kindness.”

“Naked yoga is my physical manifestation of choosing kindness by incorporating self-love, and feeling that connection to everything empowers me be a positive force.”

Mark Diorio

Name: Mark
Age: 58
Location: St Petersburg, FL
Poses: Utthita Trikonasana/Triangle Pose

Highlights from the Naked Yoga Challenge: ” It adds to my self esteem bank account and is used when I am going through any struggles.”

“When I am naked at home, cooking, cleaning, reading a book watching a movie or meditating, I feel at home literally within my body. Yet, when I am gifted to be in the company of other naked folks it brings out a joy in me, so profound that it adds to my self esteem bank account and is used when I am going through any struggles.” ~ Rev. Goddess Charmaine

REv. Goddess, 49. Franklin Lakes NJ.

Name: Rev. Goddess Charmaine

Age: 49

Location: Franklin Lakes, NJ

Seated Spinal Twist

Highlights from the Naked Yoga Challenge: “It has truly taught me to love the skin I’m in.”

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ― John Lennon

Megan Leigh

“Yoga is a way for me to feel comfortable, free, and happy. I am able to shed all unnecessary expectations and ego. It has truly taught me to love the skin I’m in.” ~ Megan Leigh

Name: Megan Leigh, 26.

Location: Tempe, Arizona

King Pigeon Pose