Naked Yoga – Sun Salutation

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Nude Yoga – Surya Namaskar

Original was uploaded on 2019-05-08

 

Surya Namasakar literally means “Salute to the Sun” and usually comprises a sequence of 12 yoga poses, or asanas, that are linked by either a stretching movement or a jumping movement. Like other yoga poses, Surya Namaskar provides a good cardiovascular workout that is beneficial to all aspects of the being, including body and mind. The intention of the practice is to also express gratitude to the sun for supporting and maintaining all life on the planet.

Performing nude yoga adds to the enjoyment and benefits of yoga in general. This is partly because clothes can impede free movement, but it is also because the sensations of the air on the skin adds to the overall positive experience. Yoga is about being present in the moment, without the distractions of the thinking mind which always wants to be somewhere else.

In this video of nude yoga, there are 3 sequences. The first sees a woman performing the poses on a beach in the morning, ironically before the sun reaches its zenith and the heat is too great to practice comfortably! The second sequence shows a woman practicing Surya Namasakar in the forest, which is cooler than on the beach. Forests are also quieter than the beachfront, where waves crashing on the shore can be loud, and they provide a type of environment that is conducive to contemplation. In the third sequence, three women practice naked yoga together in a synchronised fashion inside a house.

The benefits of yoga are well documented, as are the benefits of doing Surya Namaskar in particular. However, performing nude yoga is not generally acknowledged to be an additionally worthwhile practice on its own. This video adds weight to the assertion that naked yoga is indeed worthwhile, as well as showing the beauty and elegance of the women who do it.

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