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30 Days of Naked Yoga Love & Naked Yoga Photo Contest!

Dearest Clothes Free Yoga Practitioners, Naked Yoga Selfie ContestOn January 16th, I am beginning a 30 Day Naked Yoga challenge. I will be posting a self-taken photo (also known as a selfie) of a different yoga pose each day with a body positive affirmation for the next thirty days leading up to Valentine’s Day. The goal of the challenge is to celebrate the practice of naked yoga as a gateway to greater self-love. The challenge will culminate on Valentine’s Day which I officially now proclaim as a day of naked yoga love. YOUR CHALLENGEIn this time, I encourage you to submit your favorite self-love inspired naked yoga selfie with a body positive affirmation or a testimony of how you feel practicing naked yoga. In the end, I will create a collage of the best photos to post on the Home page of Naked Yoga Alliance. The best nude yoga selfie photographer will be interviewed and a final article with their photo will be published on the Naked Yoga Alliance website. Inspirational Naked Yoga Selfie Contest: Photo Guidelines & Etiquette. Full body shots only. No blurred faces. If you’re shy, you can pose facing away from the camera. Be tasteful. Be creative. Take the photo yourself. (I do that using a timer app on my iPhone camera as well as a spider tripod) Please no explicit focus on genitals. Most importantly have fun. You can submit up to three favorite photos of yourself for consideration. The best naked yoga selfie photographer will be interviewed and have that interview featured on the Naked Yoga Alliance website. When submitting your photo please include: Name (first name or alias is fine) Age, Location, and Yoga Pose as well as a one or two lines of inspired text around how you feel practicing naked yoga. Final date for photo submissions is Feb 13th 2015.  Email photos and info to Isis: nakedyogaalliance@gmail.com Good Luck!

Women’s Naked Yoga Class with Isis Phoenix starts in Leominster, MA

Women's Naked Yoga

Dear Naked Yogis! It is my pleasure to announce a new women’s naked yoga class beginning in Leominster, MA on Wednesday nights 6-7:30pm. The class is for women and is $20. RSVP is necessary for location as space is limited. There’s more information available HERE

Women’s Naked Yoga is a beautiful sacred and naked yoga practice for women. There will be a focus on vinyasa yoga and body positive affirmations as well as Taoist energy cultivation practices. Our naked yoga practice will focus on spiritual aspects of the divine feminine, loving self-care of our bodies and the intimacy and bonds of female community. Email Isis: sensualshaman (at) gmail to register.

For all of the male yogis, I will be offering a gender inclusive class once a month as soon as a large enough space is secured for the practice. Thank you for your inquiries.

Blessings,

Isis

Beth’s Story ~ “My Body is always communicating to me…”

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. 


Beth Nolan
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.

Beth Nolan 2In 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 Nolan 2Beth teaches naturist yoga in New Yoga and New Jersey.

Holy Body Worship

"As above, so below"

“As above, so below”

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.

Clothing Optional Holy Body Retreat with Isis Phoenix & Rev. Goddess Charmaine in NYC

Holy Body Retreat with Naked Yoga, Naked Church & Trance Dance!

This Sunday 10am-2pm!!!

 

Come feel powerful, holy, wild, sensual, free, and totally you

 

Join Rev. Goddess Charmaine & Isis Phoenix for

Clothing Optional Holy Body Retreat!!!

Naked Yoga

Freedom Movement Trance Dance

Holy Body Worship “Naked Church”

Group Bodywork & Healing Circle

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

10 to 2pm

This is a Clothing Optional Event

Our bodies are miracles, beauty, complex ecosystems, walking art – each unique, holy and beautiful. Gift your holy body and sensual spirit to a nourishing and celebratory afternoon with your soul family. Come nourish, rejoice and celebrate with yoga, dance, naked church and healing bodywork!

We welcome you to a community who loves, honors and celebrates the holy, sacred and celebratory union of body and spirit.

If you play an instrument and feel led called to bring it we will incorporate sound and music healing into Naked Church and Group Bodywork.

Sunday, September 29th 12 to 4pm

ABC Sanctuary

638 E. 6th Street

Ny, NY 10009

$39 in advance

$49 at the door

Questions or to reserve your spot now!

Isis Phoenix: sensualshaman@gmail.com

Rev. Goddess: thesensuousmystic@gmail.com

Please bring your yoga mat, a towel and blindfold.

Read More about our mission here!

          Goddess Blessings

Rev Goddess Charmaine Website

  Isis Phoenix Sensual Shaman

Register Here

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7988079561

Abigail Ekue Reinvents Mainstream Beauty

Abigail celebratesAbigail Ekue came to one of the very first naked yoga classes I taught in 2007 and actually ended up writing and publishing an article about her experience. She is a powerhouse of a woman and someone who I consistently learn from. I asked her to tell me about her relationship to her body and if and when she had ever experienced shame. 

Abigail Ekue Interview by Isis Phoenix

AbigailI’ve always been athletic.  When I was young, I loved the swings, jungle gyms, hanging upside down. I had an adventurous spirit.  I grew up in New York City – the urban jungle.  In our apartment building, I would jump up and down full flights of stairs.  Water fights by the hydrants in the summer, snowball fights in the winter.  I ran with the boys.  When puberty hit boys began to notice me in a different way. And I was noticing them. Puberty was an awakening. My breasts began to grow.  My body was changing.  My left breast grew faster than the right – ‘Hefty Lefty,’ is what I call her.  It was the last time I can remember experiencing being uncomfortable in my body.  I was eleven years old.

I’m a weight lifter and kick-boxer.  I do yoga, plyometrics, jumping, bounding, power work – box jumps, squat jumps, combo moves, mountain climbing moves – anything that makes me feel powerful.  Love the way the body looks and feels when I lift – the quiver, the burn. I never starved myself.  I never went on any crash diets.  My mom is Jamaican and my father is from Nigeria.  Our bodies are round and strong, our butts are high.  Black women would warn me to be careful of losing too much weight with all the working out I was doing. Black women are “supposed” to have big butts.  I liked being tight and toned.  I loved the feeling of being strong. My butt isn’t going anywhere.

Abigail 2I was a personal trainer and a certified Athletic Trainer.  I enjoyed teaching people how to take care of their bodies and how to accept them.  Now I do that through my art.  I’m a writer, photographer, model, provocateur.  My work celebrates beauty and darkness.  Mainstream would have you believe there isn’t beauty in us all.  It’s time to change the mainstream.

Abigail writes about her experience in naked yoga here

More about Abigail click here

 

Healing Food Addiction Through Yogic Self-Study

Anya’s story is one that has touched and moved me so deeply. It hits close to home for me as a woman growing up with the challenges of body dysmorphia and confusion around food as nourishment. Her path is fearlessly transparent and deeply self-inquiring. I am so grateful for all that she has chosen to share here. My hopes are that when we tell our stories and lay ourselves bare we create an entry point of unconditional love and universal transformation for the highest light and love possible. Thank you for taking the time to read.

Love & Blessings,

Isis Phoenix

http://www.sensualshaman.com

Name: AnyaAnya 2

Age: 48

Occupation: Yoga Teacher, Counselor

I’m just starting to put myself out there as a teacher of naked yoga. Naked yoga is not just about taking off your clothes. It’s about taking off your belief systems and, more importantly, realizing just what beliefs you’ve been wearing.

There was a lot of duality for me growing up. I grew up in Italian Jewish family and food was a big part of our lives. It was an eateateat culture, but in this culture it was also expected that you had to thin. In my family, food was a form of both reward and punishment.

From my parents and grandparents, I felt judgment and disdain for people who were overweight. If I wasn’t thin, I wasn’t good enough and no one would love me. How does one eat and be thin?

With those dualities in me, I became bulimic. I used to go from McDonalds, Burger King, 7-11, eat as much as I possibly could and then throw up. The binging numbed my sense of not feeling good enough. I was a train wreck with food for most of my life because of the bulimia. I never felt in control over what I would eat and was in a constant cycle of binging, purging and not eating. I was like a heroin addict when it came to eating. As I look back, there was a lot of undoing to do, to create peace and contentment and acceptance within myself. I have a tremendous amount of compassion for people who are caught up in food addiction.

The practice of yoga has been a wonderful tool on my healing journey. This next step of practicing nude yoga has made me feel more comfortable in my body than I ever have.

Yoga is a process. Nude yoga is a process. I discovered naked yoga sort of by accident. One day, I happened to do yoga in my home yoga studio before getting dressed and discovered how different the practice felt without clothes on. It wasn’t a planned experiment. It just happened. And instantly I felt more open in my body, more deeply connected to my inner self, and more able to radiate my energy. It started organically and it then began to gradually happen more regularly. I found I continued to be drawn to go into my yoga room to practice without clothes. There was a deeper drawing that my body and soul wanted to experience in this practice.

What yoga does is give me a new awareness of my body. It gives me a space in which to attune to myself, and part of that is noticing what foods don’t work for me. Yogic principles of mindfulness help me recognize what my body feels called to eat and predict how I will feel after that. I didn’t learn those lessons on the first try. It took a lot of time and awareness and patience. I have a lot more awareness now but know I still have a long way to go.

Cultivating my relationship with the inner witness to my body’s needs has become one of the strongest lessons I’ve learned through yoga. There are different qualities to this witness. I’ve learnt to see her unconditional love, her acceptance and her great sense of humor. Because I spent so many years with negative thoughts and emotions controlling my mind, the inner witness took a long time to emerge from her shell. But now she has, I can see that all that negative programming is not who I am. I can choose what’s right for me in any moment.

No one knows your body the way you do. Each day the body is different, each year it evolves. What we need to eat and how we need to eat changes as well. There’s no expert other than yourself and your body. That lesson also took some time to sink in. At first, I attempted to heal my food addiction through consulting experts in the field. That basically turned my addiction to bad foods into an addiction to raw foods, vegetarian diets or veganism. I was just as mentally sick on these diets as I was eating McDonalds. I don’t think being vegan or a raw food-ist is the answer if it’s just a swap of one addiction for another.

Just as my yoga benefited from removing my clothes, my relationship with food was strengthened by removing labels, food belief systems and ‘right diet’ concepts so I could focus on my own personal balance. This was so important in the process. Now, I eat raw food on some days and cooked meat on others because I can feel what my body needs and wants on a day-to-day basis. I can choose what’s right for me in any moment. Eating as simply as possible works best for me, but I’m attuned to my needs. I have become empowered to be my own body’s expert.

Anya 4 Anya 1 This empowerment grew alongside the increased body consciousness I found in naked yoga. For me now, teaching nude yoga is about self-study as well as deconstructing imprisoning belief systems. You can’t get out of a prison if you don’t know you’re in one. Most of us don’t know it. We’re just there. The first step is finding what imprisons you. Come to where you are in the present moment and love that, whatever it looks like. I know sometimes it’s hard to love things that seem ugly to us, but begin to love yourself just as you are in the present moment, no matter what it looks like. Put your own needs ahead of pleasing someone else. Practice self-awareness and self-study.

Each person comes to the mat with the work that they need to do. When teaching naked classes, I want to create a space where each person can receive their work, let go of imprisoning belief systems and thought forms, and find their unique truth, so they can feel truly comfortable in their body with or without clothes on.

Anya 3When I’m practicing or teaching naked yoga, so often it doesn’t feel like it’s my decision to be doing it. It feels as if it’s being worked through me by a much greater and wiser force.

Anya is currently teaching Nude Yoga at Release in Asbury Park. To inquire about Anya’s New Jersey based naked yoga classes email anyasholistic@gmail.com

For private naked yoga sessions with Isis Phoenix in New York City email: sensualshaman@gmail.com