In the March 2011 issue of The Bulletin, I found an article about a the creation of a nude Hatha Yoga class in New Jersey. It doesn’t say whether or not the class was mixed gender but I get the impression it was since with was attended by members or Sky Farm and Rock Lodge. Few articles I read about nude yoga are mixed classes so if this was a mixed class, it’s quite refreshing.
Why practice naked?
Beth [Nolan] personally enjoys the physical freedom of nudity n all her activities and seeks out safe places and spaces that allow that freedom to happen. Now she has created a safe, warm place to spend time together, using the tools of yoga, to focus us inward, allowing our breath to keep us in the moment and watch our mind. Naked yoga helps heal the mind of the constraints of shame and poor self-image and any other beliefs that limit us from our true and natural self.
Naked Yoga by Barry Murphy, The Bulletin, page 13
I see both naturism and yoga as means to finding our natural states and I enjoy practicing the two together. For me it’s a perfect match.