Naked yoga is on the rise in Edmonton, Canada.
Shanti Yoga Studios in downtown Edmonton offers a men-only class that requires yogis to take off their clothes during practice. According to a class instructor, being naked during class gives a more “psychologically fulfilling experience”.
Instructor, Chris McBain, told CTV that being nude can be about “naturalism” and “for other people it’s just a bucket list endeavour”.
McBain explains that naked yoga helps conquer people’s fears.
“Yoga itself is a great physical activity and has many benefits,” McBain told CBC.
“When you’re engaging a challenge for yourself, it’s a little intimidating but when you confront that challenge, it can take on a lot of self-confidence.”