Making an Asana of Myself

Posted on November 30, 2007 

Making an Asana of Myself

I am off to a naked yoga class, having decided if I am going to write a column on the burgeoning phenomenon, I sure better experience it firsthand. I have no idea what to expect, but I know for sure my bag is lighter that usual.

B.K.S, Iyengar, in his book, Light on Yoga says, “The word Yoga [means] to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply. It also means union and communion. It is the true union of our will with the will of God.”

For most of us, we understand Yoga to be a series of physical postures, designed to enhance strength and flexibility; to foster union between body, mind and spirit; to increase peace and well-being and decrease the physical and mental stress of daily life. Most of us, whether we do it or not, understand why yoga. But not all of us understand why naked.

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