Well first a little history. We come from a clothes free background. So it was almost instinctual for us to practice nude and that’s just what we did We had been practicing naked yoga for over 3 years before we ever had a textile session. Although most modern yogis aren’t introduced to the asanas way & it may seem like a new fad, Naked yoga is an ancient practice. Mostly performed by The Naga Sadhus in India.

Skyclad asana has many benefits. We outlined one benefit in our last picture. However the benefits go farther than that. On the physical level, being nude strenghtens our connection to the earth. When nude we become acutely aware of ourselves. We feel sensations on parts of our bodies that we are unable feel when clothed.  Next we will cover the psychological & spiritual  benefits of skyclad asana.

Well first a little history. We come from a clothes free background. So it was almost instinctual for us to practice nude and that’s just what we did We had been practicing naked yoga for over 3 years before we ever had a textile session. Although most modern yogis aren’t introduced to the asanas way & it may seem like a new fad, Naked yoga is an ancient practice. Mostly performed by The Naga Sadhus in India.

Skyclad asana has many benefits. We outlined one benefit in our last picture. However the benefits go farther than that. On the physical level, being nude strenghtens our connection to the earth. When nude we become acutely aware of ourselves. We feel sensations on parts of our bodies that we are unable feel when clothed. Next we will cover the psychological & spiritual benefits of skyclad asana.

We willl be covering the benefits of doing Skyclad(nude in nature) Yoga more in depth next month, this is the week of savasana we’ll go over one of our favorite topics. 

The sun sometimes gets a bad rap. While it is important to wear sunscreen especially for those of us with fairer skin, it is also important that you do get some sun exposure. The reason is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a bit of a misnomer because it acts more like a harmone than a vitamin.Vitamin D is produced by you skin when it is exposed to sunlight.It’s reccomended that  we get 15-20 minutes of sun exosure on the face, skin, & ar per day. If you’ve got a darker complexion you’ll want to up that to 30-45 minutes. Skyclad asana is perfect for this. Not only will you be getting the regular benefits of your yoga practice but you’ll also be getting your daily dose of vitamin D which is essential for heart health. 

 A June 2008 study published in Archives of Internal Medicine highlights the importance of getting adequate amounts of sunlight for its vitamin D-boosting benefits, The researchers cite “decreased outdoor activity” as one reason that people may become deficient in vitamin D. 

In the winter, it’s impossible to produce vitamin D from the sun if you live north of Atlanta because the sun never gets high enough in the sky for its ultraviolet B rays to penetrate the atmosphere. But summer is a great time to stock up on the nutrient. 

Models: Annas, Brigi, Melissa, Suzie, Carina
Photographer:Petter Hegre

We willl be covering the benefits of doing Skyclad(nude in nature) Yoga more in depth next month, this is the week of savasana we’ll go over one of our favorite topics.

The sun sometimes gets a bad rap. While it is important to wear sunscreen especially for those of us with fairer skin, it is also important that you do get some sun exposure. The reason is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a bit of a misnomer because it acts more like a harmone than a vitamin.Vitamin D is produced by you skin when it is exposed to sunlight.It’s reccomended that we get 15-20 minutes of sun exosure on the face, skin, & ar per day. If you’ve got a darker complexion you’ll want to up that to 30-45 minutes. Skyclad asana is perfect for this. Not only will you be getting the regular benefits of your yoga practice but you’ll also be getting your daily dose of vitamin D which is essential for heart health.

A June 2008 study published in Archives of Internal Medicine highlights the importance of getting adequate amounts of sunlight for its vitamin D-boosting benefits, The researchers cite “decreased outdoor activity” as one reason that people may become deficient in vitamin D.

In the winter, it’s impossible to produce vitamin D from the sun if you live north of Atlanta because the sun never gets high enough in the sky for its ultraviolet B rays to penetrate the atmosphere. But summer is a great time to stock up on the nutrient.

Models: Annas, Brigi, Melissa, Suzie, Carina
Photographer:Petter Hegre

Savasana is one of the most, if not the most undertaught pose. Inside of yoga studios but especially in gyms and big box sports clubs. It is seen as a waste of time & not given much thought as many practitioners roll up their mats leave when its time for this pose. Little do they know that they will never get the full benefit of their asana practice without a proper closing. In this photo we have Aaron Star guiding his students through final relaxation properly.

Savasana is one of the most, if not the most undertaught pose. Inside of yoga studios but especially in gyms and big box sports clubs. It is seen as a waste of time & not given much thought as many practitioners roll up their mats leave when its time for this pose. Little do they know that they will never get the full benefit of their asana practice without a proper closing. In this photo we have Aaron Star guiding his students through final relaxation properly.

Savasana is the single most important pose in your asana practice. It is not to be overlooked as we’ve seen many practitioners & even some teachers do.  Savasana is the time when the prana that you’ve created during your practice gets to evenly distribute itself throughout the body. It also is a metaphor for our journey through life. This posture should be held for at least five minutes but ideally 8-10 minutes. 

 “Savasana is to be savored, and included and honored in every practice…At the culmination of the practice, we release the body from asana and we release the breathing from the pranayama–release, let go, let dissipate, allow decomposition, letting it die. At the culmination of the practice, we release the body from asana and we release the breathing from the pranayama–release, let go, let dissipate, allow decomposition, letting it die…Sometimes, it almost appears that we’ve stopped breathing in the depth of savasana, as if we were being breathed from the external, rather from the energy. This is release, union and absorption and dissipation. This is the metaphor for death. To let go in practice so when presented by the actual, we have an association to inform. “-Bhagat Singh

Model: Wenona 
Photographer: Michael Evans

Savasana is the single most important pose in your asana practice. It is not to be overlooked as we’ve seen many practitioners & even some teachers do. Savasana is the time when the prana that you’ve created during your practice gets to evenly distribute itself throughout the body. It also is a metaphor for our journey through life. This posture should be held for at least five minutes but ideally 8-10 minutes.

“Savasana is to be savored, and included and honored in every practice…At the culmination of the practice, we release the body from asana and we release the breathing from the pranayama–release, let go, let dissipate, allow decomposition, letting it die. At the culmination of the practice, we release the body from asana and we release the breathing from the pranayama–release, let go, let dissipate, allow decomposition, letting it die…Sometimes, it almost appears that we’ve stopped breathing in the depth of savasana, as if we were being breathed from the external, rather from the energy. This is release, union and absorption and dissipation. This is the metaphor for death. To let go in practice so when presented by the actual, we have an association to inform. “-Bhagat Singh

Model: Wenona
Photographer: Michael Evans

Yogis found the asanas throughout nature and tried them for themselves in order to get a better connection to the earth. The word asana actually means ‘pose’, or more appropriately, ‘seat’. As in our connection to the world around us. 

Check out thus beautiful lion getting her downward dog on.

Yogis found the asanas throughout nature and tried them for themselves in order to get a better connection to the earth. The word asana actually means ‘pose’, or more appropriately, ‘seat’. As in our connection to the world around us.

Check out thus beautiful lion getting her downward dog on.

First off with the clothes, next we see what’s going on under our skin. 
Illustration via “3DYoga|Abating Guide & Reference” available in the App Store (we are in no way affiliated with this app)

Downward Dog step by step part 2:

The body should now be in an inverted v shape. Rembering to take steady breaths.the neck & shoulders are relaxed,the back is straight, ribs are tucked in & core is engaged. The heels are reaching toward the ground to engage the legs.

First off with the clothes, next we see what’s going on under our skin.
Illustration via “3DYoga|Abating Guide & Reference” available in the App Store (we are in no way affiliated with this app)

Downward Dog step by step part 2:

The body should now be in an inverted v shape. Rembering to take steady breaths.the neck & shoulders are relaxed,the back is straight, ribs are tucked in & core is engaged. The heels are reaching toward the ground to engage the legs.