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Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby oneh2obabe » Jan 25th, 2013, 7:21 am

Talk about letting it all .... never mind, not going there.

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A group of Edmonton yoga practitioners are getting their pants in a bunch over an increasingly popular class. As in literally. And then tossing them in the corner.

Because as CTV News reports, droves of yogis have been signing up to take Chris McBain’s mens-only naked yoga class since the instructor started offering the Wednesday night no-clothing option a year ago.

"It keeps drawing people, over and over, every class is always full," McBain, who teaches at Shanti Yoga Studios, tells the news network. “I’m really still flabbergasted by the experience.”

The idea of performing a sun salutation in the altogether may not appeal to everyone, but naked yoga has been around for centuries, starting with the ancient Naga Sadhus of India, who believed all the way back in the 8 BCE that shedding all clothing was a way to reject materialism.

Since yoga became part of the fitness and well-being lexicon here in North America, naked yoga classes have been slowly popping up -- at first in more niche studios and then in the mainstream sector.

McBain’s is one of several known naked yoga classes offered in Canada. A few studios in Toronto and B.C. have already been established for years. In fact, there’s even an official Vancouver Naked Yoga Club, billed as “Men sharing their yoga practice in an atmosphere of body acceptance.”

And for the students who flock to McBain’s class, body acceptance is a big part of the draw.

"I'm a little overweight, working on it, but I’m here,” says participant Adam Morison, who tells CTV the class is helping him become more comfortable with his body.

“People are getting back to their natural state. Yoga for me was always about body, love revolution, coming to accept my body the way it was and I think men and women both need that desperately in our society,” McBain adds.

McBain’s class is also a woman-free zone, as he feels it’s more comfortable to be instructed by someone of one’s own gender, although he admits a number of female clients have requested a co-ed class.

Among other benefits, say practitioners, is the sense of freedom they feel without any cotton or spandex-based encumbrances, and the ability to more easily correct any postures. “[Y]ou can see the lines there's no clothing in the way,” explains Morison.

But as this is North America, even the idea of nudity is enough to stir up the hive.

Critics have blasted naked yoga for being little more than a forum for exhibitionists at best and for at least one purist, a complete bastardization of the practice.

“Naked yoga isn't yoga - it's furthering the bodily identification illusion and those fond of naked yoga aren't interested in self-realization - they're interested in sex with a gimmick,” writes don-2002 on the Globe and Mail’s commenting board.

The story has also brought out the predictable cracks about female body objectification (as in – why aren’t there any in this video?) and a heinous smattering of homophobia.

Thankfully, one reader appeared to get it.

“I didn't see the part in the article that said EVERYONE must now do naked yoga,” writes jeterbug on the CTV page. “So what if they want to do naked yoga? If they enjoy it and benefit from it - good for them. No one is forcing anyone to be there and if you find the thought disgusting or wrong - you don't need to go.”

Ten thousand gratitude asanas (clothing optional) for jeterbug.
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby gardengirl » Jan 25th, 2013, 11:09 am

Ewwww. That cannot possibly be hygienic.
I certainly would not want to be using that facility after that class.
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby grammafreddy » Jan 25th, 2013, 11:39 am

gardengirl wrote:Ewwww. That cannot possibly be hygienic.
I certainly would not want to be using that facility after that class.


Why not?
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby kibbs » Jan 25th, 2013, 3:22 pm

and i thought down dog was hard to watch before. Sillys aside yoga saved my life ,more men should try it.i recommend Ali Magraw dvd,Go slow .pain no gain.check your ego .girls make us look bad doing it . Don't care ,it will get you out of back pain without drugs.
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Postby jennylives » Jan 29th, 2013, 10:59 pm

Juvenile remarks have been removed.
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby Captain Awesome » Jan 29th, 2013, 11:00 pm

jennylives wrote:Juvenile remarks have been removed.


That was the best part of this thread!
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby kibbs » Jan 29th, 2013, 11:24 pm

That was the best part of this thread!


My job was killin my back.I had to go for a massage every week .My therapist suggested a yoga tape and save money,I tried it slowly and It worked.I started going to Golds for free yoga with membership .Changed my life for the better.I would love to start to instruct one day for men .A broga type atmosphere,keep your shorts on please,Namaste means 'I see you' but not that much.
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby oneh2obabe » Jan 29th, 2013, 11:36 pm

kibbs wrote:Namaste means 'I see you' but not that much.

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you."

Or as defined by Mahatma Gandhi: In India when people meet and part they often say, Namaste' which means: "I honor the place within you where the entire Universe resides; I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace; I honor the place within you, where, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us."
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby kibbs » Jan 30th, 2013, 7:59 am

Or as defined by Mahatma Gandhi: In India when people meet and part they often say, Namaste' which means: "I honor the place within you where the entire Universe resides


i translate it as i see the inner you .I see you was the way i was first taught.Yoga has soo much more than an exercise ,but if you emphasize that at first it scares people and conflicts with what they believe.I like it when they disover the other after .I try to keep it simple for western minds,my tradesman version says "count your pay" instead of namaste
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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby fvkasm2x » Jan 30th, 2013, 3:56 pm

Captain Awesome wrote:
That was the best part of this thread!


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Re: Naked yoga classes for men increasingly popular

Postby Poindexter » Jan 30th, 2013, 4:02 pm

lol
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