After months of trying to find a time to attend a naked yoga class here in the Chicago area, I finally was able to attend my first Chicago Naked Yoga session back in January, 2006. It was worth the wait ... and ever since that first class, I have found that I can't wait for the next class!
Three years later, I've been an infrequent participant due to schedules, traveling, prostate cancer surgery, and other things like that. In addition to the group sessions, I have worked with Per in some private sessions to deal with stress from work and relaxation techniques prior to my surgery.
For any of you guys who are still thinking about getting into a group but haven't done it yet ... maybe here in the Chicago area or whatever city or community you live in or near ... you might want to think about the quotation that I found on the Dallas Naked Yoga for Men site:
"Get your butt to class and get naked!" I finally did ... and that night I made a personal commitment to keep attending as often as possible.
Bare Essentials Yoga. I am finding that yoga has become very essential in my life ... and I have also found that being naked in yoga is exhilarating!
My First Class Experience Felt Like ....
Remember your first day of school? or first time in the high school lockerroom? If you're still nursing emotional wounds from those experiences this may not be the venue for you. But If you remember the last day of school, wondering how you'd make it through a whole summer without your friends and looking forward to September, then you might be a candidate for naked yoga. I walked in to my first class not knowing exactly what to expect, more than a little nervous. I found a friendly group of guys who were there to practice yoga .... naked. When it was time to disrobe, I told myself "you can do this" and did. For the life of me I can't figure out why I was so nervous, but I do find myself wondering how I'm going to make it a whole week until the next class.
Per's classes create a supportive space for personal healing and shared energy among participants. In addition to good stretching, conscious breathing and physical stamina, the experience fosters body awareness, spiritual connections and a positive sense of male community.