There are just some things that should not be done naked. With the Canadian sub zero temperatures upon us Hot Yoga is the latest trend, but an Alberta yoga studio has kicked it up a notch and become nuts for Naked Yoga. For all of you who do not know what cold in Canada is about, most men need a peter heater and a toque in the dead of January.
One can only assume that these are the repercussions of having to endure the NHL hockey lockout. Shanti Yoga Studios' men-only class asks participants to strip down for a more fulfilling experience than traditional yoga.
"For some it’s about naturalism and just being nude, and for other people it’s just a bucket list endeavor," instructor Chris McBain told CTV.
Dark sweated swirls of body hair receding into shadowed crevices-what a delight and who has to clean the mats after the classes?
Earlier this month, McBain told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that naked yoga helps people conquer their fears.
"Yoga itself is a great physical activity and has many benefits," McBain said. "When you're engaging a challenge for yourself, it's a little intimidating but when you confront that challenge, it can take on a lot of self-confidence."
(Christian Bale yogasizing wearing an ice pack, because his face is a little puffy in the morning. Even psychos have to have a little zen in their life)
When we separate ourselves from nature for too long and in too radical a way, there is bound to be an extreme yoga backlash like this. I can imagine many yoga positions where this would be nothing but an affront to the eyes. I sure as heck wouldn't want to be behind someone doing downward dog unless they looked like Christian Bale from American Psycho. Some things should be done fully clothed thank you, and all I can think of is Ben and Jerry's Schweddy Balls right now.
Photos by Linda Seccaspina
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