Juicy: My Nude Yoga Experience
5 Things I learned from baring my butt to strangers.
Language alert: pussies and cum dumpsters.
*I’ll like to thank these gorgeous women for being so brave and gracious in sharing their experience with me and their bodies for this photo. And to Rosie King for bringing us all together.
While my mates were out socializing, I decided the best way to spend my Friday night was to tickle the borders of my comfort zone and get vulnerable. I mean, reeeaaaaaaally vulnerable. Like, naked in a room full of strangers, doing Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby pose-look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about) kind of vulnerable.
I had all sorts of thoughts before we started. Even as a yoga teacher and knowing that the practice is all about being present with your experience ON the mat, I couldn’t help but think, “Would I see open yonis in Tabletop and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog)? Would they see MY yoni? What would happen if I queefed?” I could’t help but giggle nervously like a teen boy about to see some real boobs for the first time either. Probably not a good way to start the workshop.
But daaaaaaamnnnn Rosie ran a great night. I highly recommend all you females out there to give nude yoga a go. We spent our night not only doing some delicious candle-lit yin yoga, but we also shared our stories and our truth. THAT is real bravery and courage- being able to express your raw emotions with someone you just met and being able to hold space and accept someone for who they are. And I am so grateful to have spent my night laughing, crying and making loud noises (sometimes with our yonis) with some real, brave, beautiful women.
Here’s what I learnt from my night:
- All women are beautiful. Apart from the times in Japan when I was checking out the onsens, I’ve never seen so many pairs of boobs before. Boobs that were small and perky, full cups, ones with nipples that pointed in opposing directions…you get the picture. It was so refreshing to see these REAL female bodies. And from all backgrounds, all ages, all sizes. It was an empowering scene to behold seeing all these women, mostly young women too, being relaxed and comfortable with each other in a safe, non-sexual space. You get a sense that’s how it really ought to be like.
- Yonis are sacred, man. It was a reminder that language is powerful and how we talk about our private parts reflect how much respect we give ourselves. It’s not just a pussy, a vagina, a fanny or a cum dumpster (thanks Urban Dictionary). Spread the love and respect by changing the way you talk about your body and by educating those around you to change their language too.
- Love is electric and contagious. There’s nothing quite like eye-gazing a new friend and asking powerful questions about her dreams and futures in the nude. Adds a whole new level of intensity and vulnerability. By the end of the night, I felt connected to all these women and ready to take on the world. To quote Queen B, “Who runs the word? GIRLS!” Women really do lift each other up.
- Ahimsa (the practice of non-violence and compassion) is self-love. Self-love is saying, “I got you” to yourself and feeling in awe of the intensity of such a short statement. Self-love is recognizing the innate gift in others and yourself. Self-love is creating a space and holding it so you and others can feel safe in your vulnerability. Self-love is that aha-moment when you slowly caress your own body and love it all instead of abusing it with negative thoughts. Self-love is knowing that you are enough. Go on, give yourself a hug and just see how good it feels. Mmmmmmmmm
- You don’t see yonis or expose your own if you practice in a circle. Yonis facing out, yo. That’s how it’s done.
It’s hard to tell if it was just this experience or an overall amazing weekend, but my heart has never felt fuller nor my body felt lighter. I can almost see the love beams shooting out of my heart and piercing those around me. #cheesy #sorrynotsorry
Ladies, do yourself a favour and check into Rosie’s other workshops and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!