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Truth or Bare: What I Learned About Myself from Trying Naked Yoga

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What's a nice girl like me doing in naked yoga class? Winning a bet -- with myself.

Truth or Bare

I like to make decisions based on what my 80-year-old self would want me to do. Stay out dancing in Florence until the sun comes up? Absolutely! Volunteer to model white jeans on the Today show? Of course! But recently I forced myself to see just how deep that conviction went.

It all started with an assignment from my editor at FITNESS: Get out and try the naked yoga trend, in which regular people strip down to nothing and do yoga as a way of becoming more accepting of their bodies. Or...something like that.

"Why me?" I asked.

"Because you're the last person who would normally do it," my editor replied. (She's right. I don't even like to change in front of other women in the gym locker room.) Surprisingly, I didn't instantly shoot down the idea, and that had nothing to do with the possible paycheck. At 32, getting naked in a room full of strangers wasn't high on my bucket list, but this was a chance to see how far I would go to put my belief to the test. I ran the idea by a few friends and concluded that 90 minutes of red-faced stretching was worth a lifetime of bragging rights. I said yes, found a class, and signed up.

I'm no adrenaline junkie (my idea of living large is a vacation with a fancy hotel room and a beach chair to lounge in), but I think it's good to do things every so often that push your limits and scare you.

So in the same way someone who is afraid of flying manages to get herself on an airplane, I was going to spend some time with other average Joes and Janes who would see my every jiggly bit. If I lived to tell about it, I hoped the experience might also give me some bare-is-beautiful self-assurance that I had never really felt.

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motherhen3352 wrote:

I am flabbergasted. I am 80 yrs & would like to try this b u t only with the instructor the first time. Glad you were brave!!!

2/27/2014 07:56:27 PM Report Abuse
scolangelo7669 wrote:

Sounds wonderful! I think we would all be a little less self conscious about our own bodies if we saw what everybody else was hiding. Congrats for trying something scary/new and a thank you for a very nice and professional article. I'm going to look into it in my area.

2/26/2014 05:41:57 PM Report Abuse
rgllawosn wrote:

Yuk!

2/26/2014 03:45:25 PM Report Abuse
mamiller_787102 wrote:

At my age, 73, and at my weight, I'm overweight, I do not think this is for me. But saying that the story was well written on interesting.

2/26/2014 03:04:44 PM Report Abuse
batel.malki wrote:

this is bulshit!

2/26/2014 11:54:32 AM Report Abuse

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