FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Why Aloha Naked Yoga?
Aloha Naked Yoga offers another layer to a typical yoga practice by taking physical layers off your body. Sometimes nudity holds lots of energy; we are completely exposed not only to others, but to ourselves. Typically the lower third of your torso is kept hidden and private for a variety of reasons. Aloha Naked Yoga encourages you to become more conscious in all areas of your body, mind, and heart to help build your confidence, increase the intimacy with yourself, and to explore the full-spectrum of your life.
What if I get an erection?
Aloha Naked Yoga spreads your sexual energy around. Instead of being focused on one area of your body, once class starts moving, the yoga postures will demand more of your attention which makes it more difficult to focus on anything else. Yes, erections happen, but that’s one of the reasons Aloha Naked Yoga is a great equalizer and a great energizer. There is less power to the genitals alone and more overall ability to accept yourself in the moment.
What if I know someone in class?
Great! You’ll have more to talk about. The class container is created to be safe and private. All sorts of people try (straight, gay, bisexual, curious, married, single, younger, older, skinny, larger, local, visitors). Community is built on trust and respect for each other.
I’ve never done yoga before. Will I be OK?
Aloha Naked Yoga offers a variety of class levels. Choose the class that calls to you. The Beginner’s class is the easiest to follow; the Edge class is the most challenging; the Tantra class is great for connecting; the Bear and Any Body classes are good for a communal experience. If any of these still sound too much, try a private lesson.
How do I prepare for class or a private lesson?
Stay curious. Since you know you’ll be yogaing soon, explore yoga and other mind/body formats on YouTube, books, or the internet. Practice is a living, breathing organism that gets fed through your life experience and information that arises when you listen for guidance. Although various yoga lineages are for everyone, styles of practice are specific to individual tastes. With Aloha Naked Yoga, start by considering what attracts you to naked yoga vs. clothed classes, and go from there. Be sure to enjoy the process.
What is Tantra?
Tantra is an ancient system that leads to the inner marriage of the masculine and feminine. Most people think of sex when they hear Tantra. Tantra does tap into sexuality as a person’s whole self is involved, but Tantra is not exclusively about sex. Tantra literally means "to weave”, to relate to all things on many different levels. Tantra offers deep data through “experiments” (Tantra’s word for exercises) which often brings up personal refinement and satisfaction.
Do I take a class or a private lesson?
It really is up to you. If a group setting feels right, just do it. If you would like a more discreet environment, take a private lesson. Sometimes people want to “break the ice” through a private lesson, and then they go to class. Sometimes people come to class, and then want more details about their practice so they take private lessons. The private lessons are just focused on you, which is helpful for detailed self-study. The group classes give different stimulation because you work solo and with others. Because Aloha Naked Yoga promotes pleasure, so please follow your instinct, what makes you comfortable and happy.
I’m reluctant to attend because of my body shape, size, age.
Body shapes, sizes, and ages very greatly in each class. Most everyone have at least one thing that they would like to change about their body. It’s all a practice not a perfect. There is a saying, “Whatever is in the way, is the way.” Sometimes just showing up and sitting on your mat in class is the hardest step, but for those who have done this, it all seems to be positive movement forward. Even if doing this just gives you a new point of reference like, “I didn’t die”, that’s a win over the negative self-talk that can limit life’s learning.
I'm working with an injury. Should I take class?
Sorry to hear this! Yoga encourages you to play with your edges, but you also don’t want to go too far too fast too soon. If you modify the postures to work for you, your body will respond favorably. If you push or muscle through exercises, you’ll be at risk of aggravating the injury. In class, modify. Self-tend 100%. Listen to the feedback from your body. Over time, not only will you have a good chance of moving through the injury, but you’ll also be learning about patience, kindness, and care toward you.