The History of Naked Yoga
The soul, like the moon
is new and always new again
and I have seen the ocean
Since I washed my mind
and my body, I too,
am new, each moment new.
My teacher told me one thing:
Live in the soul.
When that was so,
I began to go naked and dance.
Naked yoga, in it’s true form, has very little to do with sex and desire.
Naked yoga originated with the Naga Sadhus, a sect of Yogis in India, dating back to the 8th Century BC. Their name describes the philosophy and thinking that is central to their approach to yoga and spirituality. The word Naga means “naked, ” and the word Sadhu, “one who have renounced the world completely.
Nudity on the part of the Sadhus is a mark of renunciation of all things material; symbolically, by renouncing their clothes, they renounce ambition and any attachment to objects, feelings or desires. There is a sect of the Sadhus that even renounces sex and embraces celibacy and learns to handle the harsh elements without concern for physical comfort or satisfying human desires, like the freezing cold of the Himalayas, where many of them reside. These works are meant to help break the attachment and identification they have with the physical body and sense organs, and allocate energy and attention towards utilizing the body as a means towards attaining enlightenment.
The real that means behind nudity in the yoga practice, specifically, the Sacred Tantric Practice in Yoga Undressed, in its purest form, describes the resolution of conflicts between the opposites in life–finding the perfect balance between greatest and most complete connection to the body, while at the same time cultivating absolute detachment from it, in order to come across the eternal soul substance, or the pure energy of creation. The purpose of yoga exercise is to create a vibrant, powerful energetic relationship to the entire body, but not as evident is the goal of detachment from the body, the recognition of the body as a non permanent dwelling place for the soul. A real nude yogi, then is one who has shed his coverings, not only his clothing, but his attachment to the myriad and subtle aspects of all human drama and resides in and embraces his real, untouched, infinite nature.
Undressed yoga removes any sense of restriction from clothing, promoting a greater sense of freedom during asana practice and so, an improved awareness of the entire body. Discovering and feeling the body as you stretch and move from one posture to another, inspires a more conscious, linked practice. When we consider the role that clothing has played in society, it appears to be in direct opposition to the spirit of yoga, which speaks to “oneness” and union. By design, clothing reminds us of our differences. It serves as a distraction that leads us away from a central yogic principal, the commonality of all residing things which inspires peacefulness and compassion.
Nude yoga creates a sense of total physical independence, however the real freedom that the Sadhus in particular, are seeking from their nakedness, is freedom from inhibitions, opinions of others and any shame about the entire body. When you are undressed, and begin to embrace your nakedness and discover comfort in its naturalness, a care-free attitude emerges. You forget your own interests, goals, and problems, and also you lose yourself to the sensation of bliss that is your true and underworld nature.
One of the best proponents of naked yoga Lalla, an empowered, naked female mystic, who occupied Northern Indian during the 14th Century, achieved fame ready remarkably powerful poetry that made her one of Kashmir’s favorite poets, esteemed as much as Rumi and Hafiz.
Adorned by only her long dark tresses, Lalla became a renowned figure, with her poetry and her tantric perspective on life. In Sanskrit she is called Lalleshwari, the great yogini – a prophetess and practitioner of yoga. She found a freedom that was impervious to praise or fault, bucking convention and bravely asserting her calling to the Tantric Way.
One of the most famous tales about Lalla moves similar to this: One morning some children were making fun of her nakedness. A new cloth merchant scolded them for disrespect, and Lalla asked him for two strands of cloth equal in weight. She then flung these over either make, and through the day, whenever someone mocked the girl she tied a knot in one cloth, and whenever someone praised the girl she tied a knot in the other. In the end of the day she asked the merchant to weigh both, before all of the villagers and their children. Both equally sides of the cloth weighed the same, and her point was made: praise and blame have no material. Lalla was so stuffed with ecstasy from the girl revelations, her dedication to ritual– with her practices and philosophies, that she began wandering and dancing nude in a situation of delighted clarity, inviting others to let go of these attachments, to live from the soul, and be free…
Don’t be so quick to condemn my nakedness.
A man is one who trembles in the Presence.
There are very few of those.
Why not go naked?
The ram of experience must be fed
And ripened for the sacrifice.
Then all these customs will disappear like clothing.
There’s only the soul.
The word Tantra literally means expansion. A tantra yogi concentrates on expanding all levels of his or her consciousness to unveil and realize the “Supreme Reality,” Shakti, or the “Cosmic Mother” that resides in each one of us. The Tantric practice, celebrates and honors what is natural, seeking to unite all dualities in one’s own being—shiva and shakti, male and female, cultivating reverence for your highest self in order to awaken the divine.
The origins of Sacred Tantric practice can be traced back at least to the “Indus Valley” civilization that was contemporary with the Sumerian and the Egyptian Old kingdom. The term Tantra first appeared about two thousand years ago, and became prominent in teachings over the past 1,500 years. There are not only Hindu Tantric teachings, but also Jain and Buddhist Tantras. They all have two things in common: teachings for liberation and the celebration and of nature in all forms.
In Tantra, we strive to attune ourselves with Shakti, this dynamic, spiritual energy in order to transform personal limitations and release subconscious blockages. True tantra is a pure path, and treats sexuality as a sacred creative force to be transmuted into higher channels. As humans, our emotions are various cosmic energies limited, broken up and influenced by patterns of attachment, and tantra is the also the alchemy of transmuting human emotions into divine energy, the transformation from sleeping to “wakefulness,” the movement toward true consciousness, one’s acknowledgment of deleterious patterns in order to change them and rise above them.
Tantra yoga inspires us to see the universe as an expression of the “Cosmic Mother,” to experience that all aspects of the universe are parts of our own nature, including not only plants and animals, but inanimate nature and even our own emotions, as forms of Gods and Goddesses or as Divine Powers and presences that command respect. The domain of the Goddess is all forms of beauty, including the world of nature, up to the highest beauty, which is pure consciousness. Nature herself, the flowers, forests, mountain, ocean, and sky is the dance of the goddess. And while sexuality is embodied by The Goddess, it is but one aspect of her power and is meant to be harnessed and transformed into the energy of consciousness; the ultimate purpose of tantra is to awaken and acknowledge the divine feminine, the Goddess of awareness and compassion within ourselves, the feminine qualities of receptivity, loving kindness and compassion, in men and women alike, so that we can experience her ultimate beauty in our own beings and cultivate balance, and love, in turn offering the same to others. The Goddess is literally the bliss of awakening, and being and we can never be content unless we realize this joy within our own hearts so that we can then share it with others– truly doing our part to make the world a more peaceful, loving place.
Tantra sees the body as a temple for the divine and a mirror of the universe. Engaging in only those activities that are natural and respectful of the entire body, nature and mind, we commence to recognize that we are microcosms of the world around us and we begin to appreciate and understand it in an completely new way.
Tantra sees the body as a mystic vessel for our self-discovery. It really is our most potent means of gaining experience and enlightenment. Without energy and sensitivity in the body, we cannot go far on the religious path. There is a natural intelligence in the body that shows us how to make use of it productively, which cleverness, part of the cosmic mind, reveals itself when we no longer use the body to exclusively pursue personal desires, but as an instrument of developing higher awareness. Supreme happiness is based on being who we really are, which is not the body, but what lies within– pure awareness. Tantra regards the body as a sacred surface for the divine personal to manifest, to be realized. In modern conditions, Tantra is the search for true balance and non-duality, for oneness, union with oneself, another and the world.
Lalla celebrated this oneness, the true union of opposites within herself and with the world around her, and recognized her own work nature, timelessly inspiring many others to do the same… “I, Lalla, came into the jasmine garden where Shiva and Shakti were sex. I dissolved into them. ”
The main goal of Tantra is us to identify and realize our divinity. The only way to the soul is through the body, used as a sacred vehicle for expression and discovery… And yet, while we revere and celebrate the body, we have been not our bodies, but our immortal soul. And the true immortal essence really does not cry or crave for focus on the body, and it needs no adornment.
“Rend the veil, the coverings, both metaphorical and literal and truth, no longer obscured, reveals itself.”
Tantra and Kundalini
Kundalini is truly a form of Tantra, the divine feminine, the Goddess. The Kundalini exercises inside the Goddess Series are meant to assist you to recognize your true nature and surrender to your own keen essence.
Kundalini, or “coiled snake” in Sanskrit, is a psycho-spiritual energy of consciousness that exists within each one of us. It is the energy of existence. To awaken it is to reveal pure awareness, love and joy. This unrefined, creative energy lies tightly coiled at the camp of the spine. In Yoga Undressed, we learn how to unleash this “coiled snake” of energy, our Kundalini shakti, channelizing it up through the spine, with the powerful, yet accessible warm up series we do at the beginning of each practice.
You will meet your Kundalini shakti, your sacred, sexual energy, your “secret tool, ” through the postures and the breath, making you feel more alive, radiant and sensual. Kundalini has the power to transform, manifesting in great health, imagination, and abundance, inspiring you to reach your full potential in most area of your life. Kundalini arising opens the door– you have only to walk through it.
Kundalini energy rises up a delicate channel of the backbone called the Sushumna, the main channel that works from the first chakra, the Muladhara, all the way up to the 7th, the Sahasrara. The particular essence of Tantra itself, it rises the spinal column like two snakes connected and symbolize the union of the Ida, the feminine energy of the left channel, and Pingala, the masculine energy of the right channel. These are the two delicate pathways of energy that allow the awakened kundalini to ascend from the base of the backbone to the crown of the head. One are unable to exist without the other and balance cannot can be found without both present in the subtle energy body. To achieve self-realization, a yogi must awaken his divine nature, which can easily happen if everything in his yoga practice works in concert. Asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) awaken the chakras. The chakras in turn activate the nadis, an action that triggers the chakras to vibrate. The energy produced from the chakras then flows up through the nadis and circulates in the body. As each chakra uncoils, emotions rooted there arise and transform into divine energy.
In the yogi’s body, Shakti is the Kundalini serpent, which is asleep at the bottom of the spine, blocking the door to “final freedom, ” or Samadhi. The aim of Tantra yoga is to forcibly awaken Shakti, managing and directing the cosmic energy, the shakti-prana or life-force, so that she is going to rise up through the Sushumna channel to the Sahasrara chakra at the crown of the mind and unite with Shiva– the divine masculine. This specific union represents the re-union of all opposites, the union of spirit and nature–the combination of physical sexuality with mental and spiritual transcendence. Plus its this joining of sexuality with the spirit of the divine that ultimately, through practice, produces a express of transcendence and indescribable bliss.
In The Goddess Series, we invite you to celebrate sexuality as a spiritual exercise, a means of attaining oneness and aliveness in the body, mind and spirit– true union, both magical and energizing.
Bodies are a temple. Come inside and pay homage. Respect yourself with love and gratitude.
Feel the flexibility of being naked, the natural grace and simplicity of being completely unfettered, unencumbered by clothing.
Surrender to your natural, genuine being.
Embrace the beauty and simplicity of who you actually are.
Return to innocence, a sanctuary for your spirit where you can cultivate strength, sophistication, intimacy and reverence for your own sacred personal.
Awaken your spirit, nourish your lifetime force, and unleash the fullness of your potential!
Yoga Undressed, The Goddess Series – Naked Yoga for the Advanced: A Flowing Tantric Vinyasa, Kundalini & Hatha Yoga Practice
** PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS TASTEFUL / ARTISTIC NUDITY IN THIS PRODUCT – IT IS EDUCATIONAL IN NATURE ONLY (NO SEX, NO DIRECT / BLATANT ANATOMICAL SCREENSHOTS) ** Summary – The Advanced Practice.. Surrender to Shakti. Discover Your True Nature … Welcome to the Advanced Practice of Yoga Undressed. Enter our sanctuary, and together we will journey to a place beyond exercise, to that timeless space at the core of your being—-to your inner landscape, where the poetry and power of your soul meets your physical body, where you can reach out and touch the beating heart of the world. Awaken your spirit and unleash the fullness of your infinite potential in this advanced level, Tantric Kundalini Vinyasa practice. Reach new heights of power, precision, insight and ease. Be inspired, challenged and transformed! Start with a grounding, challenging kundalini warm-up to awaken and refine your sexual Kundalini shakti energy, and cultivate powerful prana, channeling it up through your spine and and into your body and mind, setting your spirit free! Flow through an awe-inspiring vinyasa segment, including standing balance sequences: backbends, arm-balancing and twisting asanas that integrate breath and movement, awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility. Experience a radiant transformation. Build long-lasting health benefits, muscular endurance and focus. Develop inner peace and outer strength, as you will cultivate “steadiness of mind” with whatever is happening in the moment. This advanced practice is guaranteed to inspire you to go beyond what you know—to “push the envelope” and ask more of yourself so that you will continue to grow and evolve, long after the practice is over. Format DVD. Running Time: 45 Minutes.