Women’s Naked Yoga: Why I am Taking the Women Away From Mixed-Gender Bare Yoga Courses

by Nude Yogi and Naked Shaman Extraordinaire Isis Phoenix
Why Nude Yoga For Women Only By Isis Phoenix
Why are you taking the girls away from us?! exclaimed one of my most faithful male yoga students. He was a man in his late sixties and a longtime naturist who for most of his life was greatly dedicated to a nudist lifestyle.
This was in 2008 when I was just educating naked yoga courses in New York and had a small but dedicated following that filled up my twelve-individual yoga studio several times weekly. The opinion came as a reaction to setting a women’s naked yoga course on the otherwise combined-gendered weekly yoga schedule.
The remark was nearly childlike when it departed his mouth. Why are you taking the girls away from us?! That is a horrible thought! he said, sounding more like an eight year old whose elementary school teacher had just informed him that recess would be cancelled rather than a mature sixty eight year old yogi dedicated to a biweekly practice.
Naked Yoga Girls Educator – Isis Phoenix
I was taken aback by the reactive exclamatory comment. It certainly was not my aim to take anything away from anybody. Actually, I’d started teaching mixed-gendered naked yoga courses because as a woman there were presently no choices for me in New York. The only classes being taught at that time were designated as male-only.

I so strongly disliked being excluded’ from something because of my sex that I devoted to teaching naked yoga with a ferocious feminist excitement. When I opened my own space in Fresh York to educate, I had several requests from women for a girls-only class. However, when I added such a course to the weekly program, I received a very outspoken backlash from the male yogis.
Why are you taking the girls away from us? echoed in my ears for http://modestperson.com/views/i-also-had-a-few-naked-experiences-while-i-was-growing-up.php . Despite reactions, I held girls-only courses for a couple of weeks. The objection that an all girl’s class would bring all the women and isolate them into their own time and space for naked yoga, never again to step foot into mixed-sex classesgave me pause. I realized in hindsight that it was like me taking a child’s temper tantrum as guidance for the evolutionary path of naked yoga.
Women’s Naked Yoga by Isis Phoenix
I made a decision, nevertheless, after a few weeks of limited presence, to not move forward with this notion of girls-only courses. Being awesome to teaching naked yoga at the time as well as mixed bare surroundings, the squeaky wheel got the grease. Soon after I started women’s naked yoga courses, I discontinued them.
I lacked the discipline to cultivate the women’s movement at the time and due to NY rent expenses and upset male yogis, my focus went where there was a natural flow of energy towards mixed-sex classes, which often times turned out to be all man.
After teaching for some time I slowly began to recognize that women’s trust takes time and patience to grow and develop, and my Awesome Yorker mentality was short on that. The nature of the feminine is that we want security in which to blossom open.
When women did not come pouring in the door to practice naked yoga like men did, I focused solely on the coed groups. I let my girls’s course notion recede to the back of my manifestation list.
Sadly, there were times when there was only one female student in an otherwise all male class. I, as a teacher, sometimes felt uncomfortable when this gender layout occurred and somewhat subliminally felt the need to protect the girl in the class. The same outspoken student that was upset with me for beginning an all women’s class would make a point to go up and talk with the only female yogi in the course. He would particularly ask her to come back again.
Few, if any, of these lonely yogis returned. I am unsure if the request to come back felt more demanding than inviting. The blind spot was what had not been cultivated or created at the time- an accessibility for women to feel comfortable in a mixed nude environment practicing yoga. For a woman to appear to a naked yoga course and be the only female there, especially if it’s her first encounter being socially nude, this can be deeply intimidating.
Naked Women’s Yoga Instructor Isis Phoenix
as soon as I attempted a smattering of women’s naked yoga classes in Awesome York, I look back and see how, surprisingly, this led to several women becoming naked yoga teachers themselves. These women are now visible in the yoga and / or naturist community. This occurred because there was an initial entry point into naked yoga with an all-female troupe. This occurred because they felt safe.
After a few years of teaching and observing how girls engage in combined nude recreation, I recognized that girls who are newly investigating social nudity often need a supportive women-only space. It is where they could build their inner power and self-confidence before entering into a bare mixed-sex group.
Having lately relocated to Central Massachusetts I was reminded of this almost immediately. The first private naked yoga session I taught here was to a middle aged suburban mother who reached out to me because she needed to develop her confidence and deepen her awareness of comfort in her own skin.
She needed to raise her practice of self love and open to a more profound understanding of herself as a woman. We shared a beautiful yoga session collectively in which she admitted to me she had almost cancelled several times leading up to the session due to fear. I’ve had two children, she confided in me like we were old buddies. I have had two cesareans and I have stretch marks. I feel like my body was in the leftovers heap when they were handing them out in this lifetime. She also told me that she’d seen pictures online of a girl practicing naked yoga who’d her body type.
She said it was really healing and liberating to see a girl with a body like hers with so much self-confidence. She mentioned, too, during our private session a mixed gender class would have been absolutely impossible for her, but a private session she could do, and a women’s course probably in the future.
In my own practice, I knew deep down the healing effects that occurred for me in practicing naked yoga more assurance, body acceptance and a more profound, more dedicated practice of self love.
Well, read on. Guys I’m taking the girls away from you. I am taking them deep into the heart, abdomen, breasts and womb of wholeness, acceptance and celebration of our women’s bodies. I am taking them away from you in order to create fresh chances for girls to appear in mixed sex environments confidently, proudly and enthusiastically.
Naked Yoga for Women Only by Isis Phoenix
Inspired by the bravery of a Central Massachusetts wife and mom, I began a women’s naked yoga course in Central Massachusetts. Come join us as we practice yoga with the intention of deepening self-love, opening to the enigmas of the female body and embracing our attractiveness in all shapes and sizes.
Learn more about Isis Phoenix and her fresh women’s naked yoga class on her website.
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