Everyone puts on a mask to leave the house. Wouldn’t it be so much simpler to just be who you are and not hide behind a façade?
Bold & Naked Yoga in New York City encourages students to be their authentic self, show up as they are and liberate themselves from other people’s perceptions and opinions by practicing Nude Yoga.
A recent New York Times article describes Yoga as leaving home and going naked, which is exactly what Bold & Naked Yoga in New York City is practicing. Joschi Schwarz and Monika Werner – co-owners of NYC’s first Nude Yoga studio – encourage their students to show up with the right attitude, develop awareness, be their authentic self and feel comfortable in their own skin. By shedding their clothes and practicing Yoga in the nude, students literally drop the masks and labels they hide behind all day.
Nudity today is still a venture into the socially taboo realm. Many people are afraid to show up as they are without their protective layers for fear of consequently being judged by other people. But when students are completely comfortable with who they are and aren’t obsessed with thinking about how they look and what others may think of them, interpersonal connections and a deeper connection to themselves will surface.
As a catalyst for living an authentic life, Bold & Naked Yoga encourages their students to not change in order to fit in, but rather embrace their differences and uniqueness in order to stand out. As Kurt Cobain said it so perfectly:
I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.
Sure, social nakedness can be intimidating and a little bit scary at times, but like anything else worth having, self-liberation comes at a price and that price is getting out of your comfort zone.