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Monday, May 20, 2013

Could you take a naked yoga class....

Happy Monday!!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  My family spent the entire weekend outside.  We rode bikes, played ball, dug for worms ( I watched from a distance), dug a hole to China and did crafts.  It was just too beautiful to be outside.  It was hot, but there was a nice breeze. 

So today's post stems from an article I just read in the latest issue of Fitness Magazine.  One of the girl's was asked to take a naked yoga class, for her story.  The editor chose her, because she knew she was the least likely to ever take one.  SO....could you take a naked yoga class????  My answer, HELL TO THE NO!!!  There is no flipping way!  Ummm...I do not need my lady parts twisting and turning in someone's face.  Oh and this was a co-ed class.  PLUS....people tend to let farts sneak out in yoga.  I don't need that happening either!  My instant answer of no, made me think about this, " Am I comfortable being naked".  I thought a lot about it.  I even got naked and stood in the mirror, for a bit.  I was like, hmmm....not bad, I guess.  I mean I am 41 and have had 2 kids and lost a ton of weight. 

Next step, I took a picture of myself naked (I did have on a pair of string bikini undies).  Oh yes, I sure did!  It took a lot of courage for me to do this.  See I NEVER EVER go naked. I have never been one to sleep nude or walk in front of my hubby nude.  I cant even undress in front of my sisters or mom.  I will stand there holding my boobs in my hands, or turn my back to them.  I remember being at a spa in NYC one day and all these women were  just dropping trou, right there! OMG I was like where do I look????  This woman was talking to me NAKED!!  I guess since I am not comfortable with myself being naked, I am also not comfortable with others being naked, around me.   It all stems from that lovely thing called body dysmorphic disorder.  I totally have this.  Yeah, pretty messed up, I know.  But....what I see in the mirror is NEVER what I see when I am looking at an actual picture.

 Ok back to me being naked...I was SHOCKED at what I saw.  I was actually surprised that I was OK with what I saw.  First off, my boobs don't actually hang as LOW as I thought they did.  I mean they were pretty normal looking actually.  Next thing, my butt and thighs didn't have near as much cellulite as I think they do.  And the loose skin, wasn't THAT bad.  I made a point, to focus on things that I actually "liked".  I told myself, I was NOT going to focus on anything I found not so likable.  So I wonder, does anyone else see one thing in the mirror and another in pics????  Is this just a female thing, or do guys have the same issues.  Have any of you taken a naked selfie, to see how you "really" look???  Watch I am the only one that has...lol!  You all are going to label me the "picture perv" from now on!  And in case you are wondering,  I did NOT send the picture to my hubby!  I immediately hit delete photo.  And yes, I know, nothing deleted, is ever truly deleted.  So me and my birthday suit are somewhere out there is cyber space!  If you do have negative body issues, I suggest you do this, and ONLY focus on what you think looks pretty ok.  It was very therapeutic for me.  I mean I am not going to start working out nude or join a gym, so I can undress in front of people, BUT...I might just stroll through the living room naked, after the kids are in bed.  My husband will most likely wonder who the hell the naked lady is, in our living room!  This will be due to the fact that I will run through so fast, he won't get a chance to I.D. me!!

XO,
Lori

24 comments:

  1. HELLO?! Have we met?! I know, I know we haven't... I just like to say that. :) I can't go to the gym, there is absolutely postively NO WAY that I could EVER take a naked yoga class.

    Those who could do it... DO IT! How incredible!!

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  2. Somebody posted on IG last night about a naked 5k. I am not sure if it was real but it got me to thinking HELL TO THE NAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW my vajiggle jaggle would be in places I would NEVER want it to be. Gag

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    1. I am still laughing at your vagiggle jaggle comment! Ahhhh....made me smile!

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    2. mealsandmiles.com is a blogger i read... she's done one! CRAY CRAYYY!

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  3. HELL to the NO is right!

    I will change in front of my boyfriend but like a damn speed racer.

    My daughter has seen me without a top & in underwear. Those damn kids walk in without knocking all the time! LOL

    I just don't think even if it was pitch black I could have my vajaja out there saying HELLO to the world.

    I look at myself in the mirror. I don't like what I see (sometimes I do) Maybe I'll try your picture thingy?

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    1. Try it, girlie!! You might be like, "damn I am one hot piece off ass"! Then you will start prancing around in nothing but a smile! ;) And yes, NO WAY IN HELL is anyone getting an up close and personal view of my lady bits! UMMM....NO, JUST NO!

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  4. Lori you are awesome! I was already answering HELL NO as I read your "hell to the no". You are NOT alone. There is no way, no amount of money that would ever get me to do naked yoga, run, skinning dipping or anything else like that. Couldn't even flash people when we went on an adult tubing trip. No gym here either. Too worried about what people would think. JM & P90 work fine. So glad you saw some beauty - I bet your hubby will be thrilled if you did that! WTG Lori!

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    1. SO glad I am not alone in the whole not liking to be naked thing. I too worry about what others will think. Hell, I can't even be comfortable around others that are nude. I start to get all uncomfortable and just don't know where to look. I'm a total child, when it comes to that stuff! I might go streaking in the living room tonight...MIGHT! ;)

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  6. I could never do that! My husband and I are nudists but I only like being naked in front of him! I cannot imagine being naked and doing yoga for heavens sakes in front of strangers...no way ever!!! I do think I see something different when I look in the mirror but I see someone smaller than what I really am, I see like a size 12 girl whose pretty thick and could stand to lose some pounds, but when I see pictures I'm like holy moley two ton tessie!!!

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    1. Ummm...I have seen your pics, you are GORGEOUS!!! There is NO WAY you should ever think you are a two ton Tessie!! NO WAY EVER!!

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  7. Nope, couldn't do it. I don't want to look at my own chuckalina, I sure as heck don't want to look at anyone else's vajayjay.

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    1. Hahaha!! Your comment cracked me up! Love it! And yeah, I don't want to look at my "stuff" either!
      xoxo

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  8. I'm no I don't think I could ever do naked yoga even solo. I do have naked selfies but from pre-third child. For my husbands amazement only. Right now I'm trying to be confident but with 50 lbs to lose yet it's hard. I do see the improvement from what I saw before losing but it's hard. Three kids have done a number on this body but it could always be worse:)

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    1. I couldn't do it solo, either. NOPE, NO WAY! Kids definitely take a toll on the ole body! You will get there!! And yes, it could ALWAYS be worse! xoxo

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  9. I don't think that I could ever do naked yoga but I don't really have a hard time undressing in front of people. As women we focus so much on our negative parts that its hard to see out positive parts. Or parts that we are ashamad of, others are dying for (I have wide hips and a round butt but a tiny waist). Being comfortable in your own skin is the ultimate weight loss success.

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    1. SO TRUE!! I hope one day I get there. I have come SO far, just need a little more tweaking! xoxo

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  10. Naked yoga, no way. Went for my mammogram and kept trying to cover up the side they were not testing. Very awkward. Love your blog I am 48 have 2 kids. I can relate to so much you write about. Thank you

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    1. I did the same thing at my mammogram!! UGH...just don't like it all hanging out! :o) Thank you for such sweet words about my blog!xoxo

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  13. Hi Lori!
    You are Beautiful WIthout Makeup and beautiful without clothes on too! Be your Beautiful Empowered You and Inspire others!

    My name is Cynthia Cherish Malaran, Founder of BWOM | Beautiful Without Makeup. I invite you to "Like" us on facebook. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/beautifulwithoutmakeup

    Now, I love your story so very, very much. Why? Because I had a similar experience with Naked Yoga, and it led me to an incredible awakening within me. I, too, have lost a great deal of weight, 100+ plus, and even at my "smallest" I still always felt fat and suffered from Dysmorphia. I know it well.

    I have been doing web site design for my Yoga Teacher, the amazing Cindee Rifkin here in NYC. We have been bartering web design work for private yoga sessions.
    One day, she told me she wanted to add her Naked Yoga class to the menu of her website. Then the worst thing happened:

    SHE INVITED ME TO COME TO A CLASS.

    YIKES!

    (and the following happened in just seconds as Cindee was waiting for a response)
    Immediately I thought in my head voice, OH HELL NO!!!! OMG how do I get out of this? How do I say no? Um... Um... I can say I am going to Synagogue... no wait, I am Catholic... I can say I have a dinner... um.. OMG I don't want anyone to see my tits, OMG my butt.... OMG... *panic*

    THEN it was like the record came to a screeching halt- I REALIZED wow, how can I be the Founder of something called Beautiful Without Makeup and be ashamed of my body??? I can't be THAT hypocrite!

    THEN something else amazing happened... I suddenly saw photos of parts my my body, flash before my inner mind's eyes, square even, with white borders like on Instagram... I saw photos of my breasts, my stomach, my legs, my thighs... and I realized Oh wow... I cannot hate any part of my body...! If I hate any part of my body, it will hate me back! If I reject any part of my body, it will reject me back!

    And oh boy, do I have so much BREAST CANCER in my family... My father had it. My two aunts got mastectomies in the past two years, my other aunt died of it.

    Then I realized that Cindee's offer to me was a gift. A gift that would allow me to change my path to getting breast cancer from within... spiritually and energetically.

    THEN I SAID YES.

    The class itself was amazing. I felt like I graduated. I met some of the most wonderful people ever. I realized that everyone has their own shit to deal with and process and none cares about my self-important ass. Literally :-) Once everyone was naked, all of the things I thought would bother me, body parts of theirs and mine, didn't exist anymore and all I saw were eyes. Beautfiul eyes. This space of ten men and women, fully naked, was one of the most RESPECTFUL spaces I had ever been in, and god knows I have been in a room with ten CLOTHED people and it was the most DISRESPECTFUL space...

    After an hour and a half of Cindee's amazing class, I was actually sad that I had to put my clothes back on!
    I felt like wow, what do I do now? Just go home??? I just had an incredibly naked shavasana! i can't leave this sacred space! :-)

    After that first class I was changed immediately. I remember on the train ride home people didn't bother me anymore. People bumping into me, sitting close to me, things that used to bother me like seeing overweight people or "muffin tops" simply did not trigger me anymore. Why? Because I was not hating those things in MYSELF anymore. I've been back, and I have been more naked at home. And now I don't feel like I would be the awkward American as I did when I used to live in Scandinavia years ago. Nakedness is no big deal there at all. It is just the time when have no clothes on. And that is simply the truth. Now THAT is HEALTHY.

    Thank you for your story, Lori, and allowing me to share mine.

    Warmly,
    Cynthia Cherish Malaran
    https://www.facebook.com/beautifulwithoutmakeup

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