Why practicing yoga naked?

Among many questions people ask about naturism is what do naturists do naked? My natural answer is anything that can be done safely. Yoga is one of the many activities where being clothed does not make any sense. Willow from Naked in motion explains why Nude Yoga is the video below.

I find it to be a great summary of why practicing yoga naked. There are many benefits to yoga. There are additional benefits to nude yoga as described in previous posts: I Took a Naked Yoga Class and I’ve Never Felt Better About Myself, and Yoga undressed, a wonderful liberating practice.

Yoga is among the hundreds of activities you can practice naked and once you try you never go back to wearing anything but your smile.

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The MET puts hundreds of thousands of images of artworks in the public domain

So you may ask how is this related to naturism and nudism? Well, nudity in art has always been present. And by putting those images in the public domain, the MET allows nudists to celebrate nudity with art.

Above are three examples from Modigliani, Matisse, and a picture by John Goodman. All in the MET artwork collection.

Wonderful initiative by the MET, celebrating art and providing an opportunity to appreciate nudity in art even more.


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On Clothes

The Prohet, by Kahlil Gibran, has influenced many generations and is still today a great source of philosophy. One of the fables talks about the body and the clothes, and is titled “on clothes”. It’s, indirectly, an ode to nudism and a message to fight body shame.

Enjoy below “On Clothes”, by Khalil Gibran and leave a comment:

Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.
And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain.
Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment,
For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind.

Some of you say,”It is the north wind who has woven the clothes we wear.”
And I say, Ay, it was the north wind,
But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread.
And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.
Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.

And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

My First Time At A Nudist Resort

What can we expect more that those kind of articles that stands as an epiphany for the naturist lifestyle? This post from Abigail Moss on Refinery29 titles My First Time At A Nudist Resort is more that a just a story of a first timer, it’s a great testament to what naturism is about. Here are some exceprt I really liked:

  • “I am not a naturist, I suppose is what I’m saying. Or, at least, I wasn’t, until a couple of weeks ago.” Well, when the article finishes with “Next summer, we’re going back.” I bet Abigail is now a naturist, particularly with the below.
  • “I took the shorts off and nobody looked, nobody pointed, nobody laughed. Obviously not. Everyone else was naked too.” And yes, this is the first “surprise” of any non naturist visiting a naturist resort, naturists don’t see naked people, they just see people who happened to be naked. Respect is probably the number one value among naturists, and nakedness is definitely shared.
  • “On a beach, being naked just makes good practical sense. No swimsuit for sand to get all caught up in, no tan lines to worry about.” All is said.
  • “And once you’ve been naked on a beach, why not at a bar, or in a corner shop, or a swimming pool?” Yes, this is the beauty of feeling well naked and being with naturists, it just becomes the new normal. It’s actually quite strange how it becomes so natural quickly. No t-shirt, no pant, just you!
  • “We’re all just people. Various sizes and shapes and levels of hairiness and wrinkliness and tan, but, basically all the same.” Yes, this is the second “surprise” from non naturist: body acceptance, oneself and others. You may be surprised the first times, then do not pay attention to it anymore, we are just human beings and feel great to be among people who are not making a statement by wearing so and so clothes.
  • “Being naked, I realised, doesn’t expose you at all – it makes you anonymous and equal.” This is a huge discovery and probably the most important ones, as it explains why our body is not sexual by nature, we have sexualized it over time. Gaining our freedom back to be naked makes us better, I think.
  • And the last: “Flying home to headlines and TV reports filled with hatred and division, there’s something very comforting in having discovered a place where people are just people.” Naturism is the best lifestyle I know, the one that makes people who they truly are, just human beings who aspire to a good life.

Share this article among your non naturist friends and you may convert them to naturism. They may join you to your next club meeting or naturist holidays. It’s said nakations are the best vacationsm and it’s even better with good friends!

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Beyond burkinis: why science suggests ALL clothes should be banned

All nudists need to dress to carry some errands like shopping in the nearest mall for instance, as nudity may, unfortunately, not been allowed. However, most nudists agree that if they could stay naked whenever and wherever they wanted, that what they would chose. In this article of The Guardian, the author suggests that clothes should be banned and provides some good reasons for this:

  • Clothes do more harm than good: clothes have been used as political tools. Look at the difference between cheap and expensive clothing, or perceived unappropriate or appropriate clothes. Clothes often defines the perception people have of a person, without looking beyond. What about the famous “dress code” that obliges you to wear something you may not be comfortable with?
  • Environmental damages due to washing. Soap and detergents are bad for nature. No clothes mean no washing.
  • Body shaming ends. If everybody is naked, flaws are all visible and body shaming is much more difficult when nobody’s perfect…

There could be a ton of other reasons, as we have seen in the 10 reasons why I am a nudist and you should be too. Naturism is one of the best lifestyles, if not the best, as long as temperature and security allows it. If you are not a naturist yes, give it a try, find other good reasons while browsing through this blog and others.

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How To Feel Comfortable Naked Every Day

All posts and articles from mainstream press that address nudism and nudity in a positive way are a great way to increase awareness on this awesome lifestyle. This is true from this article from medium.com.

Nudity isn’t for everyone, but for me, it’s everything

It’s a short article that gives three simple and reasonable advice to embrace the nudist lifestyle:

  • “Your body is your temple, treat it that way” – in other words, learn to take care of you and your body, you only have one and life is more pleasant when your body works well.
  • “Embrace your curves and the body you were born with” – love you as you are and not as the media wants you to be. Perfection is photoshopped! Reality is much better. Nudity teaches you to love who you are.
  • “Take the first step and begin by spending an hour a day naked” – learn to walk before running. For many nudity is not “natural”. Try it slowly and appreciate the freedom, before spending more time and sharing with others.

Once you try and enjoy nudity, you never come back. Naturism is the best possible lifestyle. I often refer to its definition as given by the International Naturist Federation: “a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment“. Respectful, peaceful, and powerful!

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Should You Be Spending More Time Naked in Public?

Here’s a good question posted in the Willamette Week: Should You Be Spending More Time Naked in Public?

For naturists it’s a resounding Yes! However, the story of the author is insightful and probably shared by many of us, naturists and non-naturists alike.

After going through a relative happiness as a kid to be naked, aversion for nudity grew through teenagers time and is still solid with many adults. And then comes the experience of social nudity: “When (almost) everyone is naked, suddenly it doesn’t feel weird.” But, “when we see those bodies, we feel uncomfortable.”

And, by realizing every body has flaws and variety is interesting, this is where the epiphany generally happens. “So that instead of feeling like our own weird bodies were the only ones that didn’t look perfect on a billboard, we could understand that we fit just right within the breadth of naked humans?”

The author concludes in sort of a humoristic way: “But our bodies are fucking amazing. They are doing so many things all the time, who cares what the skin looks like?” Yes, this is where the beauty of naturism lies in my opinion. When you get comfortable in your own skin and become comfortable with other naked people around you, you know you are a naturist and you will look at the textile word with some suspicions. This is the border textiles do not understand because they have not realized what they are missing.

Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle, bred with respect and self confidence. If you have not tried it, I really encourage you to cross the border. Follow the advices I gave in those articles: 10 reasons why I am a nudist and you should be too!, 10 Ways To Become Comfortable With Nudity, and 10 Steps to Positive Body Image.

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The Surprising Reason I’m Always Mostly Naked

Not much to add to this article, but its conclusion: “living life mostly naked has been, hands down, the most liberating, joyful, and healing practice of my entire life.

If you still wonder why naturists accept being entirely naked and carrying their normal activities without wearing any clothes, the above article will shed some lights on an experience with near nakedness and nakedness, mostly linked to what clothes are really for most people. A great personal experience on the exhilarating journey to body freedom!

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What is Nudism (And Why You Should Try It!)?

What is Nudism (and why you should try it) is a post from a Tumblr blog dedicated to nudism. It provides a quite long list of why you should try nudism. Here is a summary of the reasons provided by the author in his own words (phrases in bold are direct extract from the original article):

  • Nudity is healthier for your body
  • While most people rely on clothing to boost their confidence through the appearance of social status, being nude actually works much better.
  • Nudism is also good for teaching equality
  • Nudism is made for families and there are safeguards at every resort meant to protect every guest
  • Nudism is also fun
  • Naturism is a healthy lifestyle that revolves around openness, respect, equality, and acceptance

You could probably add your own reasons to embracing the naturist/nudist lifestyle. What I really liked about this article are the references the author provides at the end. Tons of excellent references from various references allowing to go deeper in all those above reasons.

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7 Reasons Why You Deserve to Hang Out Naked in Your Home by The Stir

po04fnhwgkIf you are reading my blog for a while, you know I love when mainstream media promotes naturism/nudism. This article from The Stir, titles 7 reasons why you deserve to hang out naked in your home is one of those. The fact that it’s written by a female contributor, Adriana Velez, adds some value, as it’s well known that naturism seems to attract more males than females. Rebalancing the genre is therefore very important. Now, here are the 7 reasons Adriana gives and develops in her post:

  1. It’s body positive. Your body is your body, there’s nothing wrong about being naked.
  2. The idea of protecting others from the sight of a human body is a little sad. A body is a body, there’s nothing sexual in being naked at home.
  3. It feels frisky. At the beginning sure, then it just becomes far more normal and natural.
  4. No one ever gave another person a disease or a heart attack with just the sight of their bare ass. Nobody was ever killed by seeing a naked body, as far as I know.
  5. Kids aren’t as freaked out over nudity as you think. Adults make kids nudity averse, naturally, they are completely ok with nudity.
  6. Aren’t you just a little bit curious? It’s always cool to try new things, no?
  7. It’s YOUR home. You are at home, do whatever you want!

Nice common sense that it’s good to repeat. Enjoy the post, read it naked, it’s even more relaxing!

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