This form of yoga is for men who prefer to practice yoga without the impediment of clothing. It is appropriate for all levels. It includes postures and movements that "train the mind and change the brain for the better." It is particularly beneficial for anyone coping with stress-related physical and emotional conditions, such as PTSD, clinical depression, chronic pain, burn-out, fribromyalgia, among others.
It is modeled on the yoga practiced at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute under the direction of Bessell van der Kolk, MD.
Nude yoga, also known as “nagna” yoga can be traced back to ancient times when a sect in India called Naga Sadhus chose nudity as a form of breaking free from the material side of human life and the demands of the outer world.
The Naga Sadhus still honor this tradition today, along with many Westerners who choose being naked as a way of breaking free from physical, material and emotional attachments.
Our Tantric Yoga practice is not based on sex alone. It is based on the guiding principles of Non-dual Saiva Tantra:
- We honor our erogenous energy—the highest form of energy known to man
- We recognize the fact that as human beings we are all one and the same—we experience the same emotions of suffering and happiness (dukkha and sukkah)
- We accept the fact that the best way to be happy is to make others happy
- We know that we have but one physical life to live, so we make “being happy and making others happy” the most important priority in life. As Marian Wright said: “We were created to help each other, to be of service to each other. It is the purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.”
As to its physical aspects, the yoga we practice is “Mindfulness Yoga” (Raja Yoga) where we are mindful of 1) the breath, 2) the somatic, visceral, and kinesthetic sensations we experience in the body as we hold the postures or perform the movements, 3) where our mind is focused on the present moment, and 4) where we recognize the impermanence of dharma (all phenomena).
To practice this form of yoga you don’t have to have a perfect body. No one does! But, you do need to be in good health, since these classes may be somewhat challenging at times. Men who are new to yoga and those wishing to continue their practice are welcome to attend.
Men of all shapes, sizes, ages and physical abilities are welcome to attend. Whether you are straight, gay or bisexual, transgender, new to yoga, or a longtime yogi—you are welcome.