Hope you have already heard about Naked Yoga, Nude Yoga or Nagna Yoga. This yoga is practiced without clothes. Number of participants are increasing day by day. It has an ancient Indian history with Nagna Sadhu, spiritual practice, attachment of sensual, physical and material world.
History of Indian Naked Yoga
Naked Yoga has an ancient Indian history. Specially, Sadhus in India discovered this yoga practice to tame themselves from the outer world and its demand. This nude yoga poses used to practice to reject the material side of human life. They practiced this yoga posture to make themselves perfectly calm and to avoid from all the longings of life. Many Sadhus in India made nudity a part of yoga practice, which can be called the way of spiritual practice, they often called “Naga Sadhus”.
Yoga and Maha Kumbh Mela
Have you heard about Maha Kumbh Mela? Hope you have heard about it. I wish to discuss about the world famous “Mela”, (‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’ or a ‘fair’.) named – “Maha Kumbh Mela” in India, marked as one of the great mela, millions of Hindu pilgrimages of faith gather in the mela to bathe in the sacred river. People believe this is one of the largest peaceful gatherings in the earth with more than 100 million people visit to see and bathe in the “Maha Kumbha Mela”. Visitors who already visited in the mela surely seen many Indian Sadhus, especially (Naga Sadhus) arrived there without clothes. They believe, they tamed themselves from all the sufferings and longings of life; they just live their lives in the name of God, to find the path of spirituality.
The “Kumbha Mela” held every 12th year. The rivers associated with Maha Kumbha are Ganges / Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Godawari and Shipra. (One of the largest parishioners of religious pilgrims in the world). Everyone will be able to find out as I have seen that countless of Naga Sadhus without clothes (Nude / Nagna Sadhus) come from various places in India to attend the festival and considered one of the great ritual bathing in the banks of the river in whichever town the great Kumbha mela being held. These Naga Sadhus do naked yoga / nude yoga / Nagna yoga during Kumbha and Ardha Kumbha mela. They practice Nude or Naked Yoga to tame or to control their desire of life, to recognize their physical bodies and to break the complete blender attachment with everything and anything with sensual, physical and material in the world.
Naked Yoga from East to West
Many believe naked yoga also has a root with Switzerland and Germany through a manoeuvre called lebensreform. This movement had since the end of 19th century an outstanding part of Yoga and Nudity. In the early 20th century, the term gymnosophy (The doctrine of a sect of Hindu philosopher who specially practiced nudity with yoga, meditation and asceticism) was assigned by various groups who used to practiced nudity, nude yoga, meditation and asceticism.
In the Western Countries since 1960s this form of yoga has been assimilated in the hippie movement and an example, to accelerate for the purpose of well-being. Institute like – Esalen Institute in California as depicted in the 1968 film “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and another notable one “The harrad Experiment and Naked Yoga in 1974.
Controversy about Nude Yoga
Naked yoga or nude yoga many times made its separation from its worldly control and helps those practitioners to calm their active mind, which is considered the ultimate aims of yoga practice and it is often very difficult to attain.
Naked yoga many times criticized by many people, this yoga attacked for challenging the important principal of social norms, specially, where yoga classes are open for both the genders (Male and Female). But believers and supporters of Nude yoga or naked yoga proclaim that this yoga is one of the best paths to attain the ultimate destination of yoga practice.
Though, people who wish to practice naked yoga for the first time may feel hard and quite uncomfortable to concentrate and focus, but believers and supporters of naked yoga think this problem often disappears after 15-20 minutes of practice, giving way to a new experience of life and yoga.