OPINION: Naked truth of downward dog

AN email arrived in my inbox the other day with the simple subject line: "Naked yoga?"

I must admit it was a little disconcerting.

"A very kind offer," I thought, "but I'm afraid I'll have to lodge an official complaint against someone."

It was a little awkward when I realised it wasn't meant as a request but simply a question mark about a press release.

I opened the email (trying not to look too anxious or interested) and, sure enough, it was from a lady advertising naked yoga classes.

Now, I've never done yoga so I'm not sure of the benefits of doing it naked.

The feeling of the morning breeze against your naked skin perhaps?

Being one with nature?

The bragging rights next time you're with your mates?

The mind boggles.

I think I could be forgiven for being confused by this whole concept.

The brochure describes the classes (separate ones for women and couples but nothing for only men, by the way) as "three-hour immersions held in a heated, candle-lit, safe place designed to allow you to be vulnerable, shed your layers of insecurities, fears and inhibitions and fully embrace, accept and love your physical body".

Firstly, can I applaud the "heated safe space"concept as the thought of getting naked with strangers without the benefit of heat leaves me, well, cold.

Although lit candles near body parts is never a good idea - or so I've heard.

Don't get me wrong. I don't mind a bit of nudity.

Long-time readers may recall tales of our visit to the 2002 Nude Olympics.

I've heard that some of you still have trouble sleeping at night because of them.

But that was a long time ago and if there was one thing I learnt on that long, hot, sunburnt day, it's that nudity has it's place ... and it's certainly not on a wide open beach with zero shade and not a tube of sunscreen in sight.

Nudity is also not advisable when competing in tunnel ball or three-legged races. You can trust me on that one.

So if I'm going to do a bit of easy crow, downward dog or lying hero, I'll probably keep my clothes on.

If it's all the same to you.



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