Take a man’s clothes off and what you have is a naked man. Nothing more and nothing less.
It is a very vulnerable state to be in, for sure. But once you get to see what real men’s bodies look like, not the photoshopped ones you see on the front covers of DNA or Men’s Health or the penises you see in porn, you start to feel a lot better about your own body.
No one cares about what your body looks like in a naked yoga class. Everyone is naked and equally vulnerable and out of this vulnerability arises a wonderful almost comforting sense of genuine camaraderie.
If you are struggling with your own body conciousness issues, then you will find naked yoga can help you become more accepting of your own body, as well as the bodies of others.
In most men's minds, yoga is just a glorified stretch session performed by the types of women who can afford $150 yoga pants. While women were certainly the early adopters of modern yoga as exercise, more and more men are discovering that yoga is actually a full-body workout.
Cardiologists, neurobiologists, and psychologists have studied the myriad benefits of yoga. Abundant studies show that yoga helps:
Because yoga requires no special equipment, clothing or footwear, can be practised alone or as part of a group, and in just about any setting, both indoors and outdoors, medical professionals now advocate yoga as a cost-effective way to improve outcomes for patients undergoing rehabilitation following an injury or surgery. Yoga has also proved effective in the self-management of a variety of chronic conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The CE Yoga studio is not a drop-in studio. Because the studio can only accommodate eight students at a time, you must book and pay for your class in advance. If you pitch up at a class without booking, you risk being turned away at the door.
Visit the CE Yoga booking portal and register to make a booking.
It's a naked yoga class so you don’t have to worry about what to wear in class, but you should still consider what to wear to and from the studio. Wear clothing that is easy to get out of and into again. Each student gets a pigeon hole to stow his clothes and shoes but space is limited so consider changing out of your work clothes and into clothing that is more space-saving, like what you would usually wear to the gym.
Take a Shower Before Class
Your teacher and fellow students will appreciate this gesture. After you shower, apply deodorant, but avoid wearing strong fragrances to class. While the studio does have a restroom, it does not not have onsite showering facilities. Disposable, moist bodywipes are available for all students to use, free of charge.
Eat Something, But Keep it Light
In a yoga class, a student can expect to burn between 300 and 450 calories in an hour, so it's a good idea to stick some fuel in your tank before you come to class. Just make sure you eat something light two hours before your class. You risk losing it, literally, if you do yoga on a full stomach.
Hydrate Yourself, But Don't Drink Too Much
Don’t go chugging a litre of water before or at some point during class. It can be uncomfortable to practise yoga with water sloshing around in your stomach. To avoid running to the toilet midway through class, don't drink alcohol before class and lay off other diuretics like coffee and tea until after class.
Pack a Sweat Towel
Almost everything you will need to practise yoga, the studio supplies, including a yoga mat, yoga straps, a bolster, and yoga blocks. You are of course most welcome to bring along your own yoga mat. Every student needs to bring a sweat towel. This could be a hand towel or a standard-sized bath towel. Avoid bringing a large bath sheet to class as something that size tends to get in the way. Non-slip, microfibre yoga towels are available for purchase at the studio. These yoga towels are sized to fit standard yoga mats.
Allow Enough Time to Arrive On Time
Do not rush to class. Give yourself plenty of time to get here. This way you will be less anxious when you arrive. The more anxious you are when you arrive, the more difficult it is to come down to a state of mind where you can practise yoga. The door to the studio opens 30 minutes before class. The teacher closes and locks the door at the scheduled starting time.
Trying to find a parking space in Potts Point on a week night can be challenging. However, you should keep these two options in mind:
A better option is to take the train. The studio is just 50 m from Kings Cross Station. To get to the studio from the station:
If this is your first time attending a class, it is important to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the class starts. You will need to fill out a confidential health declaration form and sign a release form before participating in your first class.
The teacher will not admit students after the class has started. No exceptions!
Yes. You do not have to have a contortionist's flexibility or athlete-level fitness to start yoga. All you need is a willingness to learn. Our students range in ages and fitness levels. Some men go to gym regularly while for others, yoga is their only exercise.
Asking yourself whether you are fit or flexible enough for yoga is the equivalent of asking: "Am I too injured to seek medical attention?" It is precisely because you may lack fitness and flexibility that you need yoga. With yoga you arrive just as you are. It's then onward and upward from there.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
While yoga is accessible to men of all fitness levels, it is important to disclose any health conditions that you may or may not take medication for on the student health disclosure form. Participation in classes is dependent on you completing this form prior to your first class.
Please disclose if any of the following relate to you:
These conditions don't necessary preclude you from participating in a class; we collect this information in the unlikely event of a first aid situation in class and to ensure your comfort and well-being. The information you disclose is kept strictly confidential.
If your doctor has imposed any medical restrictions on you related to recent surgery or an injury, you must let your teacher know before class. This goes for any pain or discomfort you may be feeling on the day of your class. The teacher will always begin the class by asking students if anyone has suffered an injury recently or is feeling any discomfort.
If in doubt regarding your health, you should always seek advice from a medical practitioner before you participate in a yoga class.
Yoga is a personal practice, and so at the beginning of every class, the teacher reminds students to work within their own personal range. You can take a break at any point in the class by simply going into a resting pose; the most popular one being Child's Pose.
An important element of the CE Yoga experience is touch. In men's naked yoga, this takes three forms: hands-on teacher adjustment, partnerwork, and massage.
Hands-on Teacher Adjustment
Regardless of the type of class, teachers may adjust students in poses by gently repositioning their bodies. You may request that the teacher not adjust you during class, but hands-on teacher adjustment is one of the most effective ways to teach yoga. To learn an asana, the student must not only observe the form of the pose but also how it feels in the body to hold the pose correctly.
All classes include partner-assisted asanas, or partnerwork. In partnerwork, partners of similar build, support each other in poses and stretches. You may choose to sit out this portion of the program, but students rarely do. The purpose of partnerwork is to develop balance while cultivating trust through better communication.
Massage helps to not only dissipate tension in the body but help students develop greater body awareness. Students learn a variety of massage techniques in class including light-touch techniques like effleurage, as well as tapotement. Most massage sessions are either upper-body or full-body sessions, while some massage sessions may focus on the face and the head.