Finally, a specifically naked Ashtanga yoga class

We’ve touched — hmmm… wrong word? — on the “naked yoga” trend a few times. (See here.)

Now, finally, a class has popped up that specifically is a naked Ashtanga one. It’s in Toronto, but no, don’t you worry, not at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto .

It’s at a place called Awaken Studio. A little from the Toronto Observer:

Coupal, works at the Awaken Studio, located at 270 Carlaw Ave. Currently, it is the only place in Toronto that offers naked Ashtanga yoga sessions for men only.

“The market for naked yoga seems to be for men between mid 20’s to late 70’s,” Coupal said.

While naked yoga grows in popularity, the activity remains taboo. Paul Barber, one of the participants in Coupal’s class suggests this may have something to do with people associating nudity with sex.

“In our class there is no touching involved,” Barber said. “The yoga instructor might make a small adjustment to what it is that you’re doing, but that’s it.”

A few thoughts. One is that every naked yoga story I’ve seen claims it is growing in popularity, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it measured in any way. So take that with a helping of salt.

Now, a few more:

  • Surely you joined me in thinking that Ashtanga with almost no touching isn’t Ashtanga, right?
  • I still am laughing at the “market” for naked yoga. Basically every adult male. Except those very shy, conservative early 20s guys. They won’t stand for it.
  • You have to ask: Is there a place that offers co-ed naked Ashtanga in Toronto?

Can I end with this: In these classes, every day’s a Moon Day.

I’m here all week. Tip your servers.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

2 thoughts on “Finally, a specifically naked Ashtanga yoga class”

  1. As a side note, in SF there has been an ongoing clothing optional (mainly naked, wait for it –) Ashtanga full and 1/2 primary class going on for the last 15+ years in the mission. This has been held in an esteemed member of the SF gay community and the participants are very dedicated and end the practice with a pot luck or just omitting the luck if you read between the lines.

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