Starting around the turn of this century with just a handful of groups, Naked Yoga has burgeoned into a major trend as practitioners realize the added benefits of yoga unencumbered by clothes. While there are some mixed-gender classes and a few for women only, the overwhelming majority of Naked Yoga classes are for men. Yoga has long been a staple of the program for GNI’s annual men’s nude Gathering.
GNI supports this wonderful movement year-round by maintaining an online listing with contact information for Naked Yoga classes open to men throughout the world. It is updated in real time as GNI learns of changes.
Although GNI’s listing includes many physical addresses, some groups prefer not to publish their meeting location for reasons of privacy or security. In either case, when planning to attend a class, make contact beforehand to verify the group is still meeting at the published time, has enough space, and welcomes your participation. And please let them know that GNI referred you!
As an additional resource, GNI member Bob S., founder / organizer of Naked Yoga for Men in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), maintains a worldwide Yahoo! Group, Naked Yoga for Men, with extensive links. You may subscribe (requires a Yahoo! ID, which is free) to access any secured features. It also has an archive of messages, some of which could be from others in your area that might wish to organize or participate in a class where none now exists.
* If you are an instructor or coordinator of Naked Yoga classes in which men are welcome, and would like to list your yoga group or submit an update to a current listing, contact GNI’s Club and Naturist Outreach Liaison.
Naked yoga has long been a staple of programming at GNI’s annual men’s nude Gathering, along with other health and wellness offerings. This year, we are having more yoga than ever before. GNI has lined up talented yoga instructors, some of them certified, to teach at The Gathering. There will be a variety of styles and intensity to suit a range of practitioners, from the novice to the experienced. This will provide an easy introduction to new yogis as well as an opportunity for more seasoned ones to maintain their practice without interruption while on vacation with us.
Nearly two dozen classes in various styles
There will be nearly two dozen classes throughout The Gathering, mostly during the day, but also one at night by candlelight. The selection includes Power classes, Vinyasa (flow), partner sessions, Kundalini, Yin, and Nidra. In addition, guided meditation will be offered, as well as some early-morning energy work. Each teacher will offer no more than a couple of sessions or so because we want them and you also to enjoy the many other experiences The Gathering offers.
Meet the faculty
Listed below in alphabetical order of last name are the teachers currently scheduled. Click to learn more about their yoga background and credentials.
Gil Arnold of Living Soulfully Orlando Yoga for Men (Orlando, FL)
Gene Evangelist of Nude Yoga Pittsburgh (Millvale, PA)
Christian Kunz of The Sun Room Yoga and Movement Arts Studio (San Francisco, CA)
Michael Lange. A regular practitioner of Vinyasa style with a focus on flow, movement, balance, breath, intention, strength, and spirit, Michael has taught daily yoga classes at the Spring Gathering of California Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN). He has attended numerous Hot Nude Yoga retreats led by Aaron Star.
Francis Ouimet of Ottawa Men’s Yoga (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Jon Poupore of Frog Meadow Yoga, Massage, & Wellness Weekend (Newfane, VT) and Yoga Coordinator for GNI
Steven Russell of Naked Yoga for Men (Matawan, NJ) and Yoga for Men at The Pride Center of New Jersey (Highland Park, NJ)
In addition to regular classes, some Naked Yoga groups sponsor multi-day retreats, ranging from a weekend to a full week. These are usually held out of town at retreat centers or clothing-optional resorts. Below are some naked yoga retreats coming up. If you inquire or register, please mention you read about it on GNI’s web site.
Find Naked Yoga retreats throughout the year at Frog Meadow B&B in Vermont by visiting their website. Get info and register….
March 21-24, 2014. The Labyrinth Yoga Retreat offers a clothing-optional weekend at Vitambi Springs. Advanced booking discounts are available. Get info and register….
May 8-11, 2014. Austin, Texas hosts an annual retreat at Lotus Ranch near Wimberly. Get info and register...
May 11-16, 2014. Finca la maroma, Spain. We’re happy to announce this new retreat event in Spain. Get info and register…
May 24-30, 2014. Yogi Bryan Harrelson will be featured at two naked retreats, one in Costa Rica this May, and one at the Inn at Palm Springs, July 17-21. Get info and register…
May 10-17 and June 14-21, 2014. On an island of Thailand, enjoy one of many yoga retreats at Koh Phangen. Six different retreats are scheduled this year. Follow this link for more specifics.
June 12-15, 2014. Outside of San Francisco at WILDWOOD is the Annual Open Body Yoga Retreat. There will be six teachers this year and a variety of workshops. Get info and register…
August 20-24, 2014. Naked Yoga & Intimacy Retreat on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island with Ron Stewart and David Flewelling. Get info and register…
New Year’s Eve, 2015, Join Paul Tucci (SF, CA) and Ron Stewart (Victoria, BC / Canada) at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Centre on the Big Island of Hawaii. A week of naked yoga, meditation, pilates, partner yoga, restorative yoga, massage and bodywork, designed to strengthen and energize, as you dive into 2015! 2-3 classes per day will offer solid physical practice with plenty of free time for resting, beach, sightseeing, social activities and just breathing sweet tropical air. Get info and register….