Rosie Rees, who teaches nude yoga in Australia, encourages her students to take their clothes off in order to promote body image and mind and body well-being.
According to the 30-year-old’s website, “Women’s Nude Yoga is not just about practicing yoga in the nude, it is a practice in vulnerability, courage and radical self acceptance. Simply turning up to the workshop is a major feat for some women and enough to change their entire life.”
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If you’re making an “ew” face right now, Rees says the benefits outweigh the nudity:
Women of all ages, shapes, sizes and shades come along for a powerful 3 hour immersion in surrender, softening and letting go of our acquired armour, masks, masculinity, shame & body insecurities, which we gather over time from not feeling or believing we are “good enough”, especially in relation to the media’s current standard of “beauty”.
And you don’t have to get naked at first – guests arrive wearing robes (or something similar) and get naked when they feel comfortable doing so.
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Rees quit her job in 2012 as a Finance Recruiter in Sydney to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a sex therapist. She headed to Perth to study sexology and, according to Rees, “Once in Perth, I moved into a shamanic beach shack with a nude-positive, sex-positive, tantra-trained guy who taught me how to become comfortable in my naked skin and how to freely express myself.”
She says in addition to boosting confidence in her students, naked yoga enhances both sleep and sex, helping women feel sensual and sexually free.
In addition to teaching workshops in Australia, she has been invited to the Naked In Motion studio in New York later this year.