True Nudists launches nude-yoga.com!

'.True Nudists launches nude-yoga.com!.'

Nude Yoga: Wave of the Future or Back to Nature?
New Website Brings Together Nudism and Yoga for Members

March 6, 14 (Phoenix, Ariz.) — The origins of yoga can be traced back to 500–200 BCE, and some believe it actually was practiced by Vedic priests long before. It came to the attention of educated Westerners in the 19th century and has been a mainstay among the health conscious ever since. So when the developers behind the social network TrueNudists.com launched Nude-Yoga.com in 2013, it was more of a way to bring the past to the future and incorporate modern-day naturism with what has been considered natural for centuries.

Yoga is a practice of both the mind and body, where one challenges oneself to settle into stretches and poses by controlling the breath and calming the mind. Nudism is a lifestyle choice in which people feel more comfortable being in nude than clothed. Nude-Yoga.com was born out of TrueNudists.com because so many nudists were looking for activities they could do with others who shun textiles.

“As both a yoga enthusiast and a nudist, I saw them as naturally connected. People are nudists because they are comfortable with their bodies, and yoga is an exercise in feeling the same. We heard from many TrueNudists.com members who wanted to have more organized yoga events, and that’s when the idea for Nude-Yoga.com came into being,” shared the founder and developer of both sites. TrueNudists.com has been going strong since 2008 and now boasts over 200k members.

Nude-Yoga.com lists events across the country, where practitioners of yoga can find gatherings where nudists enjoy poses together. In addition, for those who are a little wary of jumping into a nude yoga class with strangers, they can participate in online nude yoga. If they do venture to an event, as with any clothing-optional events, those who choose to wear clothes are always welcome, but they should be forewarned that they may be in the minority.

“The classes are all about gathering with like-minded people. Some who don’t understand nudism think that it’s a sexual experience, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are just comfortable in the outfits in which we were born, and we look for more ways to be nude when we can,” added the website’s founder.

In addition to sharing information on how to attend either a virtual or in-person nude yoga calls, Nude-Yoga.com also acts as a resource for students of yoga. There, they can have access to photos and instructional videos of poses so they’re not wondering what a “downward dog” is when they head to class.

Nude yoga has seen a growth in popularity in the U.S. in recent years, just as clothed yoga has. Media have covered this new trend along with other exercise methods, so more and more people are interested in experiencing a class. And Nude-Yoga.com allows them to find classes and learn all they need to know about the practice.

What Scars Are Your Clothes Hiding?

'.What Scars Are Your Clothes Hiding?.'

For most nudists, being without clothes is comfortable. We don’t judge others on their scars or stretch marks, and we certainly don’t look to hide them under textiles. But what about those people who have thought about nudism yet are too embarrassed about the marks they will show when they get naked? One woman who is not a traditional nudist has chosen to take off her clothes to share her scars and stretch marks with the world, and she has received some significant backlash, as well as tremendous support, from the effort.

Beth Whaanga is an Australian nurse and criminologist who was diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer. During her diagnosis and treatment, she discovered that she carried the BCRA2 gene mutation, meaning that she is at a higher risk of contracting cancer. As a mother of four, she took the bold move to have a hysterectomy and double mastectomy. She also had her lymphnodes removed to further protect her body.

But Beth didn’t stop there.

She then chronicled her journey — and her scars — with the Under the Red Dress project (you can check out her story here: http://www.underthereddress.com/). Upon posting pictures of her naked, scarred body on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/underthereddress), more than 100 of Beth’s “friends” immediately un-friended her. Some even complained to Facebook that the pictures were too graphic and should be removed; thankfully, Facebook extended their typically too-harsh stance on nudism to allow the pictures to remain posted. But what Beth got was unexpected: her story gained a global audience, with thousands of cancer survivors showing their support.

So our question to you today is: What scars are your clothes hiding? If you have toyed with nudism and are afraid to shed those clothes due to the scars you have, now is the time to embrace them. We all have something we are hesitant for others to see, but scars and stretch marks don’t have to hold us back. Every one of them has a story behind it. For Beth Whaanga, she is alive today because of the marks that remain on her body, and for that she should not (and does not) apologize. You don’t have to be afraid to share all of yourself; you might just be surprised at the new friends you’ll make in the process.

Nudity: A Family-Friendly Activity

'.Nudity: A Family-Friendly Activity.'

In today’s age of sexualizing anything to do with the naked body, it can be hard to think of nudity as a family-friendly activity. Those who are not familiar with naturists may find it inappropriate for parents and children to be doing anything together while not fully protected by textiles, but the truth is that children’s natural state is to be naked, and it’s the adults who make them feel as if they need to put on clothes. If we get back to nature, we may just create a better world, void of so many hang-ups of “I’m not good enough.”

Replace Shame with Confidence
If you spend time with any toddlers, you know that they love to walk around naked. Sometimes, it’s hard to even keep clothes on them! At some point, though, most parents make their children wear clothes, and the innocence they had before is covered with shorts and T-shirts — and with shame. This repeating history of viewing the human body as shameful can be traced back to the story of Adam and Eve, who were happy in their nudity until awareness hit, at which point they rushed to cover up.

When children are taught to cover up, it’s usually under the auspices of modesty and what’s culturally appropriate. Around the age of four or five, parents who were naked with their children in the pool or shower are suddenly pushed away from that comfort. All of a sudden, that natural state is made wrong, and children feel ashamed.

Instead, why not continue with that natural state and allow children to stay naked? They understand societal expectations, so it’s easy enough to tell them they cannot go to school without clothes, but at home, being nude is just fine. Children will learn to feel pride in their bodies and in themselves.

Create a Community
Children learn much from their parents, but they are highly influenced by their peers as well — even from an early age. Introducing young children to other nudist families can go a long way to normalizing nudism as children get older. Creating a community of other nudist families also teaches children to judge others on more than their body shape, looking instead to who they truly are.

While too many people think that normalizing nudism will create a sense of heightened sexuality in children, teens, and even adults, the truth is typically the opposite. By allowing children to choose whether or not nudity is right for them, you’ll strip away all of the taboos they usually associate with their bodies as they grow and change. Raising children in a society where nudism is normal could just create a whole generation that is more confident in themselves and more accepting of others.

Pixelated Nudist Breasts too obscene for Facebook?

'.Pixelated Nudist Breasts too obscene for Facebook?.'

Well it seems Facebook shares the same viewpoint as Youtube. When I tried to boost our post
on Facebook, it was denied.

Maybe I’m reading this wrong and these websites agree that pixelated breasts are offensive, and that breasts should never be pixelated.
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Pixelated Nudist Breasts too obscene for Youtube?

'.Pixelated Nudist Breasts too obscene for Youtube?.'

Our “Understanding Nudism” video was recently deleted from Youtube for violating their community guidelines. Now, this wasn’t the video containing nudity that we’ve posted, this was the CENSORED video posted to Youtube on October 1st. Within days it had been flagged and removed without actually breaking any of their guidelines.

Is this the current view of nudity? That even pixelated breasts in a non-sexual context are inappropriate? The guidelines for Youtube are posted below, you can decide for yourself if we violated them. The guideline that states they encourage free speech seems sadly irrelevant.

- YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it’s a video of yourself, don’t post it on YouTube. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation. Please read our Safety Center and stay safe on YouTube.

- We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).

- Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the video and it is not gratuitously graphic. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the documentary might not be.

What a weird skewed view, with all the violent and hateful videos on youtube, the hint of a natural breast is seen as obscene.

The pixelated/censored version of the video can be viewed here

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