I have been working on a spiritual practice where I have been taking time everyday for 28 days for devotionals to my Goddess. Part of my devotionals is doing a yoga practice. This practice is done in the privacy of my own bedroom.
The nice thing about being in a private space is that you can wear wherever you want, including the choice to wear nothing at all. Naked yoga is know as nagna yoga or vivastra yoga in Sanskrit. Yoga has been practiced naked since ancient times. In the Bhagavata Purana it says:
”A person in the renounced order of life may try to avoid even a dress to cover himself. If he wears anything at all, it should be only a loincloth, and when there is no necessity, a sannyāsī should not even accept a daṇḍa. A sannyāsī should avoid carrying anything but a daṇḍa and kamaṇḍalu.”
I have not had the courage to practice naked yoga in a public class before but when I am in the safety and privacy of my own home, I feel perfectly fine practicing without cloths on. It’s been so hot where I live lately, that just having the fan on and removing cloths feels wonderful when you are holding a pose for extended breaths.
I set the mood for my devotional by lighting some candles on my altar, turn off the lights, and light a little incense. I don’t use much, maybe just have a stick while I practice. The sweet floral scent helps me relax and feel more in touch with my feminine divine.
It’s a little strange at first, feeling the mat texture or bolster cotton against my skin. With the added darkness of the room, my senses feel a little more heightened. I got used to it pretty fast and this has become one of my favorite ways to practice yoga.
I will warn anyone who is thinking of practising it, you will feel exposed and vulnerable at times. When this comes up, remember to breath. Trust in your own sacred space and that you have taken precautions to make it secure. No one is looking at you but you. This can be hard to face at times but also rewarding if you can find that nugget of self love in this practice.