THIS week, my partner and I did something completely out of our comfort zones … couples nude yoga, here in Perth.
Yep. You read that correctly. Nude yoga. As a couple. With other couples.
I’ve been trying to convince him to do it for months and he finally caved and we did it.
I had been really intrigued and curious as to what would go on in the class. I had so many questions, as well as a burning desire to experience something a bit random with the one I love.
My friend Rosie Rees runs the class with her partner Ares, and they had told me so much about it and its benefits for relationships.
Rosie explained: “The class is essentially about conscious non-sexual intimacy and incorporates breath-work, meditation and partner yoga stretches in order to bring partners into ultimate presence with each other”.
I was very nervous going into the class. I trusted them and their profession, but there was still so many scenarios running through my head.
“What if Griffo (my partner) gets a little too excited?”
“What if Ares does too, where do I look?”
“What if I laugh?”
“What if I don’t look sexy?”
“Omg my stomach, what if he notices all my rolls?”
“What if it turns into an orgy?”
“What if I fart?”
“Oh no, what if I get my period?”
“How intimate will this get?”
Not one of my concerns became reality — the class was nothing like I had envisioned.
When we first arrived on our mats, we were still wearing our dressing gowns.
We sat cross-legged facing each other and we began the class staring into each other’s eyes for what felt like forever.
This part is what I found the most uncomfortable and we were still fully clothed.
I was 100 per cent exposed in this moment and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I could feel him looking, deep into my soul.
I wanted to be OK with this, he is the one I want to marry after all, but I was worried as to what he would see.
No words were exchanged, we just had to stare.
I continually gave him this cheeky, weird smile. My cheek trembled the entire time.
I was completely out of my comfort zone. Staring into someone’s eyes is tough.
After a few minutes, Rosie asked the ladies to turn around, so our backs were facing the men.
They then had to slowly undress us while massaging, tickling or rubbing our backs.
This moment was special and very, very sexy. If we were alone, I think we both would’ve been at it.
Once starkers, the couples faced each other and we sat butt naked in the candlelit room, excited but nervous, as to what would happen next.
It was in this moment that I let go of all my hang-ups and worries.
I embraced being without my protective armour (my clothes) and came to the moment with my love.
I really enjoyed what we did next — as a couple we attempted many yoga positions, even the downward dog.
Some positions were romantic and made me feel really content in our embrace and others were just exciting and fun.
I remember thinking to myself that I needed to look sexy because I was naked with my man and someone else was watching.
But there was nothing hot about me on my hands and knees with him trying to hold on to my back for his dear life with his legs.
It then got awkward as I had to move up and down. All we could do was laugh.
Rosie and Ares on the other hand made it look so easy. They looked so beautiful and strong, like a piece of art.
The class, designed by Rosie, is a three-hour long workshop aimed for couples to unite, be vulnerable and create a stronger physical and emotional connection in a safe and supportive space.
Rosie has tailored the class for couples in romantic relationships and explained her intentions. “It’s been built to help re-establish and infuse more balance, healthy boundaries, open communication, non-sexual intimacy and creative expression back into the relationship,” she said. The class was sexy, romantic, fun and completely random. I think a couple at any stage of their relationship could do it.
Once you get over the initial fear of being naked, it’s extremely liberating.
For the last pose, I had to pretty much straddle Griffo. I’m sure there is a technical term for this, but I’ve forgotten it for now.
But this moment was truly special. I felt a deep connection, the energy between us was extraordinary.
Our hearts were touching and we whispered special something’s into each other’s ears. I felt secure and content. I was truly happy in this moment.