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A rational for social nudity

The International Naturist Federation defined naturism as “a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterized by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment."

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach some nude yoga classes. At first I entertained a few doubts and fears. But after I took the plunge, I found the experience very liberating and it opened a doorway to a new level of freedom and self confidence.

Typically we see ourselves as a personality and our bodies like political hot potatoes, but the personality takes precedence and we cover the body in a style to suit the personality. Over the past two thousand years, a body has become a taboo, something evil and sinful filled with desires that we should seek to squash out of existence so that we aspire to the ideals subscribe to some Christian saints.

Prior to the Christian era, the human body was celebrated and publicly displayed in all of its glory. The clothing of the time was only for body protection and the display of rank.

Few people seem to realise that our civilisation is built on lies. The history and ideas of morality were constructed by those who won the wars and described our social rules for their social and economic advantage.

The corruption the world is beyond understanding and beyond any cure, therefore as an individual we must at least heal ourselves.

Self-healing is not so difficult, all that is required is complete self acceptance without judgement from which discriminating awareness develops as to what is valid and true.

Being natural and naked in mixed company does away with the corporate and political overlay that regulates our lives, it puts us into a space where we are vulnerable and at the same time respect everyone else's vulnerability.

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Of course nobody is perfect as alluded to by the supermodel image. Everyone carries one shoulder higher than the other and no body is perfectly in balance, this perfection is an illusion maintained by carefully fitted garments.

Yet it is those imperfections though give us character and help to set us apart from each other. It's time to shed our uniforms in the confines of our own homes and other appropriate spaces like free beaches and parks.

Nudity and the Law

Nudity is not normally considered to be illegal unless any witnesses may be offended or that the behaviour is considered lewd or sexually provocative.

By that definition, any police officer can attest to some offence and because of the ambiguity of the law in this regards, any public nudity is undertaken at ones personal risk.

Political action

It is important that we all do our bit to maintain and extend those public spaces and beaches where one is allowed to bare all. It is also important that we encourage the acceptance of the natural human body so that it ceases to be a plaything of corporations, churches and states.

Let's remember

We are more than just a personality, We are the soul inhabiting this body and this body is the vehicle of our self expression and liberation.

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“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” ~ Article 18 UN Declaration of human rights

Further reading
Naturism
Sense and sensuality
Body and self in massage.
The female body
Holisim in massage
Living the naked life
Naked activities
Naked yoga

References
Mixed gender nudity
Zen nudism
Human history
Modern history

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