Doing yoga NAKED can boost your sex life, relieve stress and improve body confidence. claims teacher who calls women-only nude sessions ‘a spiritual journey’
A yoga teacher is encouraging women to strip off for classes, claiming that practicing the ancient Indian art in the buff can pep up your sex life, improve body confidence and relieve stress.
Rosie Rees, 30, from Perth, Australia, was first persuaded to disrobe after she returned from an intensive yoga retreat in India and was persuaded by her nudist housemate to try it in the nude.
After quitting her corporate job to focus full-time on holding naked yoga workshops in her home city, Rees says she’s converted hundreds of women to the idea in the three years she’s been doing it – and now plans to take the concept to the US.
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Rosie Rees, 30, from Perth, Australia, says she was first inspired to hold women-only naked yoga sessions after it made her feel ‘liberated and free’
Namaste and naked! Despite some reservations, the first class, held in her home city of Perth, proved a huge hit – and she says she hasn’t looked back since
Rees claims that the feeling of being naked helps with body confidence, which in turn can help improve sex and relationships for those who take part
The 30-year-old, who is also a relationship coach, said: ‘When I first tried to do yoga practice without clothes – first in my bedroom and then in the backyard – I was shocked at how critical and judgmental about my body I was.
‘I didn’t like the various scars on my body, rolls of fat on my belly and I noticed all the cellulite. But I also felt liberated and free. As my practice progressed, I felt a lot more present with myself.’
Rosie first began practicing yoga in 2012 while working in a stressful finance job which had left her eating, drinking and smoking more than she should.
After breaking up with her then-boyfriend, she made a spur of the moment decision to travel to India in Jan 2013 where she practiced yoga for 10 hours a day, six days a week.
She turned vegetarian, stopped drinking coffee and after two months came back to teach yoga in Brisbane to backpackers and hotel chains.
Nine months after returning from India made yoga and relationship counselling her full-time job and she continued to teach yoga for the next two years.
However, it was those first naked yoga sessions with her housemate in the backyard of her Perth home that made her believe she could convert other women to the practice.
After initially being treated with cynicism by a yoga studio, she has seen her women-only nude classes take off
The 30-year-old learnt the art of yoga on a life-changing trip to India – and is now hoping to take her unique form of the ancient art to New York
Rees says her parents were initially a little shocked by her idea to ask class attendees to disrobe…but the concept has proved a huge success
Rees says: ‘I became really aware of my body and breath, even the tiniest movement, how the air felt on my skin, the beads of sweat.
‘I began loving my body as it was, became more accepting and comfortable, began seeing any imperfections as unique parts of me.
‘I felt naked yoga was having a positive impact on me and it needed to be shared.
Naked yoga directly effects their [women’s] relationship with their partners so men have become big supporters of mine…
Rosie Rees, naked yoga teacher
‘I approached a renowned yoga studio with the idea of naked yoga, but the initial reaction was skepticism.
‘I told them I wanted to desexualize nudity and wanted to help women overcome their body image issues.’
Finally, the yoga studio agreed to let her hold a class – and it was a sell-out.
She says: ‘Naked yoga is not just yoga, it’s a spiritual journey. Yoga only releases stress, but naked yoga digs deeper into our souls.
‘It takes courage to come to a naked yoga class, but that courage translates to better relationships at work, with family and most importantly, with oneself.’
She says women learn to ‘accept and love their naked bodies, it directly effects their relationship with their partners so men have become big supporters of mine.’
After taking a corporate job to fund her dream, Rees has now had enough success to focus solely on offering naked yoga workshops
The yoga instructor, who hopes to inspire hundreds of other women to get naked while doing their favourite class, says she feels happier than she has in years
Rosie said: ‘In my old job, I was earning well but drinking and smoking too much, and had put on weight too. That’s when a friend suggested hot yoga.
‘The studio was down the road from me so I decided to give it a shot. In six months, I felt more relaxed and alive than I had in the last three years.
‘I decided I wanted a fresh start but I didn’t know what I wanted to do.
‘My friend was going to India to study yoga and asked me to come along, so I jumped at the chance.’
She says leaving her job was terrifying, but that the trip to India changed her life.
Of stripping off for a class, Rees says: ‘It takes courage to come to a naked yoga class, but that courage translates to better relationships at work, with family and most importantly, with oneself’
More and more women have since joined Rosie’s naked yoga revolution, and in the past three years she has run hundreds of successful workshops across Australia.
She has even been invited to the Naked in Motion studio in New York later this year to bring her unique brand of yoga to the USA.
And the 30-year-old said as far as she is aware, she is the only person on the globe holding naked yoga workshops currently.
Rosie said: ‘I feel like Australia is ready. Our women are ready to step out of their comfort zone, to participate in ‘self-love’, to appreciate and respect their bodies. I can’t believe why anyone didn’t think of it before.’
How to spot a gay: How spot gay list published Malaysian newspaper
How to spot a gay: How spot gay list published Malaysian newspaper
‘How to spot a gay’ checklist is published by a leading newspaper in Malaysia, claiming gay men have beards and lesbians like being alone
A leading newspaper in Malaysia has published a guide on how to identify gay and lesbian people, drawing criticism from activists who say the checklist puts lives at risk.
The article, featured in the daily newspaper Sinar Harian, features bullets points highlighting qualities that are supposedly common in gay and lesbian people.
It suggests that gay men can be spotted by their beard and love of the gym – not for exercise but to admire other men. The piece also picked out branded clothing as an indicator of homosexuality.
A leading newspaper in Malaysia has published a guide on how to identify gay and lesbian people, drawing criticism from activists who say the checklist puts lives at risk
Gay men’s eyes light up when they see handsome men, the story claimed. And Lesbians, the newspaper said, tend to hug one another, hold hands and belittle men.
Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and carries a sentence of up to 20 years under colonial-era sodomy laws.
What does the list say are the signs someone is gay or lesbian?
It says gay men…
are dominant and like to wear tight clothes to show off their six packs
love to have ‘adoptive brothers’
adore beards, mustaches and branded clothes
It says lesbian women…
Hate men and enjoy belittling them
Love to spend time by themselves
Enjoy hugging one other and holding hands
Activitist and social media star Arwind Kumar lashed out at the article, arguing in a video that ‘there are much more important issues in this country which need to be addressed’.
‘If you really want to educate society then explain to them the traits of a paedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper, people who actually endanger the lives of others. How the hell does a gay person endanger your life?’
Kumar’s video, uploaded to YouTube, has been viewed by more than 100,000 people.
Kumar took the article’s writers to task, mocking the idea that facial hair was an indicator of sexual preference.
‘I know a lot of priests, I know a lot of [Islamic scholars], I know a lot of of really, really religious people who love keeping beards. Are you trying to say they are gay? That’s how stupid this is,’ he said.
The increasingly poor treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people in Malaysia is being driven in part by the increasing influence of conservative Islam, other critics said.
The Sinar Harian article was printed in conjunction with an interview with Hanafiah Malik, a preacher who said that there was an urgent need to stop the rise of homosexuality in Malaysia.
Just last year an 18-year-old student was beaten then burned to death by his classmates and a 27-year-old transgender woman was murdered in her flower shop as a wave of homophobic attacks sweep the country. Pictured: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital
Homophobic rhetoric has also become commonplace in the the country’s government.
In March last year Walt Disney pulled the release of its film Beauty and Beast from Malaysia after film censors deemed it could only be approved if a gay scene was cut.
A Malaysian health ministry youth video competition also called for entries on the topic of the prevention and consequences of being gay, lesbian or transgender.
It comes after a spate of recent deaths of people thought to be gay, lesbian and transgender.
Just last year an 18-year-old student was beaten then burned to death by his classmates who labelled him a ‘pondon’ – an insulting term for a gay man.
A 27-year-old transgender woman called Sameera Krishnan was stabbed with a knife and shot three times while she worked at her florist shop a few months later.
Last year a Human Rights Watch report found discrimination against LGBT people was ‘pervasive’ in Malaysia.
‘If you ask someone not to be themselves that will have an adverse impact on the health and-well being of the person,’ said Thilaga Sulathireh, co-founder of transgender activist group Justice for Sisters.
There are no official figures on transgenders in Malaysia, though a health ministry document estimated that the country was home to about 24,000 transgender sex workers as of 2014.