We live in a society where body confidence is at an all-time low. It’s not uncommon for people who have recently got together to refuse to get it on in the light of day because they are nervous about what their new partner will think of their body.
Instagram-perfect lives and a huge rise in online adult content have created unrealistic expectations in many people’s minds about what we are supposed to look like naked. But now a new trend encouraging self-love and fitness is sweeping across Instagram – naked yoga.
Here are 16 advocates of the movement showing that they’ve got some serious moves in their birthday suits!
1. No two vaginas or penises are the same
Everyone’s genitals look sightly different. You might think that letting your wobbly bits hang out will make you nervous, but yoga is a calming activity, and it will help you to see how great your body really is. So there is no reason not to give it a go.
2. With practice, you can do amazing things with your body…
When you’re nervous, people often advise imagining everyone in the room naked in an attempt to clam yourself down. Well, that’s quite literally what’s happening with naked yoga, especially if you are doing it as part of a class.
3. This woman looks incredibly poised
Yoga is not only good for your mind, but your body too. It helps to keep your joints and muscles in tip-top condition. This reduces the likelihood of you suffering from arthritis in the future, and if you’re already suffering, it’s been proven to relieve symptoms.
4. Yoga can improve relationships
Couples who flex together are more likely to stay together. Yoga can also help people with platonic relationships too, as those who practice it will have more relaxed minds which lead to better relationships in general.
In the UK alone, over a third of adults are unhappy with their bodies and over 90% of teenagers have admitted to it too. With such low levels of body confidence in the world, self-love in every form should be promoted across social media.
Whilst many people who practice naked yoga are physically fit, not everyone who has been sharing their naked yoga pictures on Instagram has the body of a model, and it’s us Average Joes who are making naked yoga a fitness and self-love revolution!
5. It’s all about balance
One of the effects of low body confidence can be poor mental health. If a person is incredibly unhappy with their body, it can lead to depression. Yoga, however, has been proven to improve the symptoms of this debilitating condition.
6. Yoga encourages you to focus on the present
When people are practicing yoga, all they calming their minds, thinking only about the movement of their bodies. It’s a fantastic chance to escape the day-to-day stress of life by grounding yourself in the here and now. No wonder it has no many heath benefits.
7. You can even shed pounds
Yoga might not be the most strenuous form of exercise in the world, but it can help people to lose weight. If you practice naked yoga, you could be rewarded by seeing your body change along with your attitude towards it.
8. People who practice yoga sleep better
One of the worst and most frustrating things in the world is getting a disrupted sleep. But yoga’s calming effects can help people sleep better at night, which can improve their general happiness and productivity.
Contrary to what is depicted on Instagram, it’s been reported by yoga teachers that naked yoga is currently more popular with men than women because, generally speaking, they have a higher level of body confidence.
But many men who take part in naked yoga are frightened they will unexpectedly get an erection. However, yoga teacher Doria Gani said that she’s told the men in her class not to worry if it happens.
“The top one question I get from men is, ‘oh my God, what if I get an erection?’ I tell them it’s totally fine!” She added, “when you do yoga, you move loads of energy in your body and an erection can happen. It doesn’t mean it’s related to sex or that you’re thinking about having sex with someone — it’s because of the energy in your body.”
9. It’s a complex position, but she looks so serene…
Whilst naked yoga isn’t a sexual activity, it can improve your performance in the bedroom. Yoga helps blood flow to your organs, and it makes you more flexible, which will obviously help when it comes to sexual positions.
10. It can help with period pain
If you experience periods, yoga is an excellent idea around that time of the month because it can hep to relieve menstrual cramps. This, coupled with its aforementioned calming effects, can definitely make periods a lot easier.
11. If you’re trying for a baby, you might want to try yoga…
Amazingly, yoga can also help improve fertility. It just goes to show how much it can impact your life for the better. Many doctors recommend it to couples who are trying to conceive, as it’s been proven to improve the endocrine activity of ovaries and testes.
12. Naked yoga is for everyone
It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, slim or heavy, naked yoga is for everyone. All you need to do it is confidence. Instagram has been criticized for negatively affecting people’s confidence, so this fitspo trend is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Instagrammer nude_yogagirl began the trend by posting photographs of herself doing naked yoga, and it didn’t take long for other users of the photo sharing app to follow suit when she invited her 669,000 + followers to try it too.
If you would like to see further examples of people doing naked yoga, all you have to do is search the hashtag #NYGyoga on Instagram. Who knows? Maybe it will inspire you to have a go at it too, even if you don’t post a picture of yourself doing it online!
13. People have taken to doing naked yoga outside
The beneficial effects of yoga are greater when it’s practiced outside. That’s why so many of these pictures have been taken in the great outdoors. It has been reported to replenish energy, increase awareness and build confidence.
14. Yoga is a hangover cure
We’ve all been there. It’s the morning after a night out, you’ve got a throbbing headache, and no idea how to make it go away, but you really want to get on with your day. Well, there’s certain yoga poses that have been proven to help hangovers go away faster.
15. It’s increasing in popularity
The popularity of yoga has grown exponentially in recent years. This can be attributed to the fact that people are more stressed than ever the modern world, and yoga is an excellent way to help relieve the symptoms of this epidemic.
16. Yoga can help you live longer
Aside from the benefits that I have already mentioned, yoga can help you to live longer. Those who practice it regularly have better circulation which improves the function of their vital organs!
“Doing naked yoga is about much more than the photo,” Naked Yoga girl said in an interview with The Cut. “It’s the positive experience of taking time to connect with yourself and celebrate your unique body.”