3. Psychological Freedom:
Above I mentioned that nude yoga can promote a greater sense of physical freedom, butthe real freedom that the sadhus are seeking from their nakedness, is freedom frominhibitions, the opinions of others and any sense of shame about their body. Initially, anaked yogi will certainly feel the judgmental eyes and opinions of others, but in timethese concerns evaporate and a care free attitude emerges. Nude yoga is aboutcultivating this level of psychological freedom.
4. Detachment from the Body:
Even though yoga, nude or otherwise, helps create a vibrant, energetic and powerful body, the objective though is actually detachment from the body. Nude sadhus of theNaga sect renounce sex and embrace celibacy, and learn to face the harsh elements without concern for physical comfort or security, including the freezing cold of theHimalayas where many reside. Both these acts are designed to help break theattachment one has with the physical body and sense organs.Here I would like to point out that there are other sects which practice nude yoga andembrace the life of a naked yogi as well, but do not necessarily belong to the Naga orderper se. An example of these are the Aghoris. They don’t practice celibacy and they oftenuse non-traditional and radical approaches to speed up their path to enlightenment, butalthough their approach is different, their objectives with the practice of nude yoga arethe same as above.
True Meaning of Nude Yoga practice:
Above I explored some of the important benefits of nakedness and nude yoga, but thereal symbolic meaning behind nudity is something far deeper. The clothes that a yogi isreally looking to free himself of, are the coverings of the 3 Gunas, and true naked yogameans to be free of these 3 sheaths.The 3 Gunas are a core concept in Vedic and Yoga Philosophy and require significantdiscussion to understand deeply, but I will provide a brief overview here, in the contextof nude yoga, to get you started.The 3 gunas are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. For simplicity, you can consider Sattva to bethe force of positivity, love and light, Rajas to be the force of activity and change, whileTamas to be the force of negativity and darkness. All manifestation is a play of these 3attributes. The purpose of yoga is to finally be free of the play of these manifestationsand encounter the unmanifested eternal Self. Thus, a true naked yogi is one who hasshed these coverings and resides in his pure untouched, infinite nature.