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"Body shame originates in our minds with our thoughts and perceptions. Neither our religion nor our culture makes us ashamed of our bodies, only our belief that we should be ashamed. Shame comes from our own thoughts which we have the power to change. If we perceive no shame then there is none. No one can make you feel ashamed without your permission."
Rick Romig


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Nipple Radiation

nipple radiation

A conceptual view of how nipple radiation might appear were it visible, One can conceive how this radiation hitting the retinas of an average human being might disrupt the ability to think rationally.

For more information, see: Nipple Radiation

A little fall cleaning

Lately, I’ve been reading some great nudist articles and blogs that I’ve found via Twitter and Facebook and rather than just add them to my blogroll, I decided it was time to go through and clear out the dead links. In my list were a lot of nudist blogs that are still on the Net but haven’t been active in a year or two. They still have some good posts and information so I grouped them together in a new category, Old Blogs.

Why I prefer Naga Yoga

Some reasons why I prefer Naga Yoga as my practice:

  • Comfort. I feel more comfortable nude. I accept my body as it is which gives me a foundation for change.
  • Awareness. I tend to be more aware of the wholeness of my body rather than a collection of parts. I’m better able to visualize my alignment and the effects of the asanas.
  • Connectedness. I feel more connected with the body as it moves through the asanas and with the Atman, the Divine, and my surroundings.
  • Freedom. I feel free from restrictions. Without clothing, I have more freedom of movement and the flow of prana and energy has fewer restrictions.

Clothing can be a veil, hiding what we don’t wish to see and separating us from our true selves and from others. The attachment to the idea that we always need to cover our bodies, or certain parts, contributes to the illusion of separateness from one another, the world, the Universe, the Divine, ourselves.

Default & Natural State

Nudity is our default and natural state. We all entered the world in that state and we felt no shame or embarrassment as we saw our first light and took our first breath. As we grew older we learned how to feel shame and embarrassment about our bodies from our parents, our teaches, our churches, our media, and from our culture in general.

There is, however, a place deep inside each of us where we remember our innocence, our freedom, our natural state. In this place we intuitively know that any alteration to our natural state (i.e., clothing) is an aberration. Unless the addition of garments is a necessity for warmth or for protection from the elements and hazards, the choice to cover our natural state is likely either a compromise or vanity (satisfaction of the ego).

Our natural unclothed bodies are not, in and of themselves, in any way offensive, shameful, sinful, repulsive, or degrading. These adjectives are applicable only to behavior and reflect our own fears, inadequacies, and insecurities. Using them to shame or degrade a fellow human being is an attempt to project our fears, insecurities, inadequacies, prejudices, and our ignorance upon others. The shaming of others is a reflection of the shame we feel toward ourselves.



Naga Sadhana

When I did my home yoga practice at home the other day, I started it wearing a T-shirt and a pair of shorts. After just one sun salutation, I had to stop and remove them. Wearing clothing just felt so distracting and restrictive. Once nude, I continued with my practice. The clothing was just one more veil, one more obstacle, to overcome. My inner guru has no need for clothing.

“You know, it’s good not to wear clothes.” — Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba)

Outgoing Nudist: Time to STOP Being "Naked & Afraid!"

This morning I read Time to STOP Being “Naked & Afraid!” on An Outgoing Nudist – My Naked Life & Dreams. I thought it was an excellent article.

Nudity is definitely not shocking or even arousing. The longer I live and promote the lifestyle, I think as a society we need to simplify things and take a more practical approach to nudity and even sex. I think that everything that “exists” is normal, so there’s no need to make such a big fuss. If I could, I would take it a step further and say, that I believe we should let everyone have their dignity and do what they enjoy most! I also would like to live in a place/society where that idea doesn’t stop with naked recreation, but have the same attitude towards sexual orientation, race, etc. – EVERYONE is ACCEPTED just as they are!

I certainly agree, that as a society, and as individuals, we need to simplify and take a more practical approach to everything. We have over-complicated our lives with technology, beliefs, politics and all the drama we bring into our lives. Life doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s only complicated because we make it so.

Classic Helen Mirren

Young Helen Mirren Nude Scene

Helen Mirren in "Age of Consent"

Helen Mirren is one of the very few celebrities who have been public about their participation in naturism.

“I’m a naturist at heart. I love being on beaches where everyone is naked. Ugly young people, beautiful old people, whatever. It’s so unsexual and so liberating.” — Helen Mirren

“Many thanks to British Naturism for this great honour. I do believe in naturism and am my happiest on a nude beach with people of all ages and races!” — Dame Helen Mirren on being named British Naturism’s 2007 Naturist of the Year

Miley gets naked (yawn)

Whenever a celebrity gets naked or talks about getting naked, she suddenly becomes a defacto spokesperson for nudism. (It’s rarely a male celebrity.) Why are nudists so desperate and anxious to have a celebrity endorse their lifestyle? How many of these celebrities who claim they like to get naked are AANR or TNS members? How many of them actually go to nudist clubs, go to American nude beaches or attend AANR conventions and TNS gatherings? How many celebrities are campaigning to save nude beaches or to open up public lands for nude use? I haven’t heard of any. The public isn’t going to accept nudism just because Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston or some other pop star or actress gets her kit off. Big whoop.

Body acceptance is only a beginning

Larry Darter’s article Roots of nudist culture reminded me that many of my own ideas about naturism are grounded in the ideals, concepts and philosophies of the Nacktkultur and Freikörperkultur movements of the early 20th century. There was an emphasis on fitness and health that seems to be generally lacking in nudism today.

It seems that in the last 40 or 50 years, the emphasis shifted from health and fitness to body acceptance and nude recreation. There is nothing wrong with body acceptance and nude recreation. There is a need for body acceptance and nudism should be fun. However, body acceptance is a beginning, not an end in itself. Many people mistakenly equate body acceptance with body satisfaction — “I accept my body as it is and I’m okay with it. I don’t need to do anything else.” They accept their body and go no further. We need to accept things as they are but if we can change what is for the better, it behooves us to do so.

I’m not advocating a return to group calisthenics at the crack of dawn or anything like that. Nor am I advocating that nudist strive to achieve some impossible aesthetic ideal of “looking good naked.”  I’d like to see more emphasis on health and fitness, promotion of nudism and naturism as a healthy lifestyle and more healthy alternatives offered at nudist venues.