__________________ ďItís embarrassing. Iím embarrassed to be here right now. Itís not even funny. And itís just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. Itís not how youíre going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
A group of Edmonton yoga practitioners are getting their pants in a bunch over an increasingly popular class. As in literally. And then tossing them in the corner.
Because as CTV News reports, droves of yogis have been signing up to take Chris McBain’s mens-only naked yoga class since the instructor started offering the Wednesday night no-clothing option a year ago.
"It keeps drawing people, over and over, every class is always full," McBain, who teaches at Shanti Yoga Studios, tells the news network. “I’m really still flabbergasted by the experience.”
The idea of performing a sun salutation in the altogether may not appeal to everyone, but naked yoga has been around for centuries, starting with the ancient Naga Sadhus of India, who believed all the way back in the 8 BCE that shedding all clothing was a way to reject materialism.
Now this on the other hand....maybe.
McBain’s class is also a woman-free zone, as he feels it’s more comfortable to be instructed by someone of one’s own gender, although he admits a number of female clients have requested a co-ed class.
Among other benefits, say practitioners, is the sense of freedom they feel without any cotton or spandex-based encumbrances, and the ability to more easily correct any postures. “[Y]ou can see the lines there's no clothing in the way,” explains Morison.