Naked Yoga pushes my buttons, it is THE one place where I hear myself come all out and with enormous self-righteous entitlement scream "that is NOT yoga". Why? There is no lineage behind it. Uh oh, lame excuse.
OK, then because it seems based on "freedom" that is not freedom at all but rather an opportunity to explore sexuality in a place where it is not meant to. I am probably wrong, or not.
I am fascinated by accounts of people, especially women (as the case below article here), venturing into such enterprise as a naked yoga class. I would never do it mostly because I already found a lineage to follow and feel contented with the inward gazing produced by my practice.
I perhaps notice how long it took me to focus the mind inwards while practicing asana, and it was not a short time. And that was with full clothes. So when I read articles like this, I cannot but wonder:
Can the awkwardness of being naked force someone into focus?
"The Instructor was so specific in her instructions that I was too busy concentrating to think about anything except following the steps. For the first time, I successfully synced my breath with my movements. She was that easy to follow. I felt calm, balanced, aware..."
So that is it then? the intensity drew her in, the awkwardness?
Could that be sustained? how long till the fire of our eyes can't help but wonder and throwing any chance at concentration out the window. Worst, perhaps fueling a desire to be liked, loved, and an unnoticed love or sex addition. I could be wrong, true, but I know for a fact it would not take that long for someone like me to lose focus, I am very human.
Later on after the class is over and they are sipping tea, still wearing their just-born-suites, she says:
When we emerged from our collective daze, the man who'd checked me in brought out a pitcher of tea. We drank it sitting naked on our mats. I was tempted to treat mine like a shot and to get out of there before anything could spoil my positive experience
|Patanjali's Yoga has 8 Limbs|
Frankly I find the path of the eight limbs very hard as it is, I cannot see how being naked in class could help, regardless of the graduate-level amount of concentration anyone could muster. But that is my understanding of yoga. Clearly not everyone's.
Educate me: Can people find liberation on this path? Can being naked while practicing asana bring anyone closer to their truth? and if so how? what is the path? What is the philosophy behind it?
Found picture here