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So what is the purpose of NUDE YOGA?

Sanskrit word

Transliteration

Grammar

English word

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nagna

adj.

nude

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vivastra

adj

unclothed

According to the Sanskrit Dictionary for Spoken Sanskrit, there are two words we can use instead of saying Nude Yoga. We are practicing Nagna Yoga or Vivastra Yoga. In our practice, we start with an “unmasking ceremony”. In the “Unmasking Ceremony”, we remove our clothing in two parts as in layers. We use the clothing as a symbol of the masks we place on ourselves to function with our responsibilities in the different circles we participate in. This ceremony allows you to go through a transition to alleviate any anxieties one may have to practicing Nagna Yoga. Stripping ourselves from the clothing allows us to uncover the masks so we may discover who we truly are while we recover the divinity inside of us and connectedness to the Universe around us. As stated in an article called Breaking Free listed at YogaJournal.com:

"According to yogic philosophy, we're born with a karmic inheritance of mental and emotional patterns—known as samskaras—through which we cycle over and over again during our lives. The word samskara comes from the Sanskrit sam (complete or joined together) and kara (action, cause, or doing). In addition to being generalized patterns, samskaras are individual impressions, ideas, or actions; taken together, our samskaras make up our conditioning. Repeating samskaras reinforces them, creating a groove that is difficult to resist.

Samskaras can be positive—imagine the selfless acts of Mother Theresa. They can also be negative, as in the self-lacerating mental patterns that underlie low self-esteem and self-destructive relationships. The negative samskaras are what hinder our positive evolution. Samskara is also defined as a perfecting and polishing, a process of cultivation. Shifting samskara, then, is the ongoing work of chipping away at our negative patterns to illuminate the purity of the soul. Like alchemists in our own transformation, we constantly refine and direct our samskara into healthier designs."

That is why I prefer to use the word Nagna versus vivastra since the English word, nude, not only means without clothing but also purity, original form. In this practice, we are working on combining the physical, emotional and mental auras (bodies) into one entity, a healthier, better functioning human being aligned with the divine light you were born with and destined to have.