Why I’m Getting Naked On The Internet – #getmorenaked

Jessi Kneeland’s « purpose on earth is to help all women break free from the body image issues, fear, shame, and armor that hold them back ». And this is one of the reasons she’s decided to get naked on the internet.

Jessi is a coach, teacher, speaker, and writer dedicated to helping women love their bodies. What better way to love you body than to first accept it naked when you look yourself in the mirror. As she says in her About, « Your body affects how you think and feel, and how you think and feel affects your body. Learning to love and accept yourself requires working on, and healing, both ends ».

Her post is an ode to nudity, the deeply rooted explanation of what nudity can bring to any human being. As she rightly writes, « instead of seeing that breasts and bellies and thighs come in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes, we see only bodies that have been surgically and digitally altered to all look more or less the same ».

The human body comes into so many various shapes that we forget diversity makes beauty, not uniformity. By totally accepting our own body, nudity becomes natural again. So simple and so difficult at the same time. Difficult because society is brainwashing us to consume more, to want more, to have more.

By embracing naturism as a lifestyle, we are more, more human, more ourselves, more true. Being a naturist is not easy though, as Jessi claims, « I know some people won’t understand, and won’t approve. I know I’ll probably lose followers for this ». May be, but the people who loves you and understands you will get closer and will be even more faithful. And beyond this, you’ll embark many women and men who feel uncomfortable with their own body and who will learn from you and your experience.

Naturism is one of the best lifestyles to get back our natural lives, to accept and be accepted for who we are, not for what we claim we are. Naked, we bare our soul too. I close this post on a file quote by Jessi:

Our naked bodies are all fundamentally, inherently, and eternally right, and I challenge you to stop running from them.

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Want Better Self-Confidence? Get Naked!

This is probably one of the best articles I’ve read on how to boost self-confidence by embracing nudism. Although this article focuses on getting comfortable in your own skin by sleeping naked or practicing yoga naked, it does not touch on social nudity.

However, embracing the naturist lifestyle by spending time with other naturists in the buff starts by getting comfortable with oneself. And on that, the article of Danielle Keating is spot-on.

Here are a few quotes from the article:

Not only is baring your skin natural, but going nude is also rich in both psychological and biological benefits.

If you work out alone, the best fit is nothing at all.

Self-love is attainable and can be obtained through nakedness, because when you strip down, your physical and mental health goes up!

One comment was insightful too, from a psychological point of view:

How empowering it is to do something that you may feel is a big deal and discover that you are fine.

It’s true that the first time you undress, you may feel uncomfortable, but growth comes from moving from comfort zone to un-comfort, so that your comfort zone increases. One additional point for the people who are definitely not familiar with nudity is to « unlearn » the relationship between sex and a nude body.

Society has been building this relationship for years by sexualizing heavily the human body. However, as any naturist know, nothing is further from the real truth. Being naked does not have to mean having sex. Being naked means accepting our own body and being comfortable with it. Once you are OK with that, you can move to the next step which is being social with your own nudity and with others.

You will find 10 Ways To Become Comfortable With Nudity on this blog. I sincerely think the above article will help you getting comfortable with your own nude body and will get you closer to become the naturist you can be. However, watch out! Naturism is very addictive. Once you try, you may never go back to being textile.

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Nude is the way to practice yoga

Here’s a wonderful article on nagna yoga, that is naked yoga, or yoga practiced sans clothes, written by a yoga and meditation teacher, Alex Myles. Not only the pictures, uncensored to display the glory of the human body, are stunning and awesome, the text is so refreshing on the freedom that nudity procures. Here are some quotes from the article I particularly appreciated.

When practicing yoga I do so fully naked as a way of honoring and uniting each part of myself.

Although being naked has come to feel very unnatural for many, when we are naked we are in our most natural state of being.

Practicing yoga naked is the most liberating, self-loving and self-accepting thing I have ever experienced.

That was one of the greatest lessons I learned—to breathe, accept and let go.

Removing clothing, rather than putting fabric on my skin, to practice yoga seems to me the most natural thing to do.

I see the body as a work of art, an ever changing masterpiece that is an outer reflection of our inner nourishment.

There are many other quotes that resonated deeply. However, the strongest part was the description of the first time Alex got naked and how she fought her feelings of insecurity and the journey of her liberation. It’s a beautiful text on the beauty of nudity I was writing about yesterday, and an calling to practice Yoga, and other sports and activities, naked.

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What I Learned About Body Positivity By Running Naked At A Nudist Ranch

Another wonderful article in the mainstream press about naturism and body positivity. Some wonderful quotes:

I stopped seeing naked people and just saw people

It’s not often in your life that large groups of people openly accept you and cheer for you despite what your body looks like or your physical ability

Social nudism isn’t about seeing and proving; it’s about experiencing

Everyone is naked and vulnerable. When no one is hiding behind masks, it makes it much easier to accept one another and yourself

Read the full article from the Huffington post here: What I Learned About Body Positivity By Running Naked At A Nudist Ranch.

And if wonder what to wear to run naked, read The perfect gears to run naked.

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Why practicing yoga naked?

Among many questions people ask about naturism is what do naturists do naked? My natural answer is anything that can be done safely. Yoga is one of the many activities where being clothed does not make any sense. Willow from Naked in motion explains why Nude Yoga is the video below.

I find it to be a great summary of why practicing yoga naked. There are many benefits to yoga. There are additional benefits to nude yoga as described in previous posts: I Took a Naked Yoga Class and I’ve Never Felt Better About Myself, and Yoga undressed, a wonderful liberating practice.

Yoga is among the hundreds of activities you can practice naked and once you try you never go back to wearing anything but your smile.

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The MET puts hundreds of thousands of images of artworks in the public domain

So you may ask how is this related to naturism and nudism? Well, nudity in art has always been present. And by putting those images in the public domain, the MET allows nudists to celebrate nudity with art.

Above are three examples from Modigliani, Matisse, and a picture by John Goodman. All in the MET artwork collection.

Wonderful initiative by the MET, celebrating art and providing an opportunity to appreciate nudity in art even more.

Enjoy!

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On Clothes

The Prohet, by Kahlil Gibran, has influenced many generations and is still today a great source of philosophy. One of the fables talks about the body and the clothes, and is titled « on clothes ». It’s, indirectly, an ode to nudism and a message to fight body shame.

Enjoy below « On Clothes », by Khalil Gibran and leave a comment:

Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.
And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain.
Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment,
For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind.

Some of you say, »It is the north wind who has woven the clothes we wear. »
And I say, Ay, it was the north wind,
But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread.
And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.
Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.

And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

My First Time At A Nudist Resort

What can we expect more that those kind of articles that stands as an epiphany for the naturist lifestyle? This post from Abigail Moss on Refinery29 titles My First Time At A Nudist Resort is more that a just a story of a first timer, it’s a great testament to what naturism is about. Here are some exceprt I really liked:

  • « I am not a naturist, I suppose is what I’m saying. Or, at least, I wasn’t, until a couple of weeks ago. » Well, when the article finishes with « Next summer, we’re going back. » I bet Abigail is now a naturist, particularly with the below.
  • « I took the shorts off and nobody looked, nobody pointed, nobody laughed. Obviously not. Everyone else was naked too. » And yes, this is the first « surprise » of any non naturist visiting a naturist resort, naturists don’t see naked people, they just see people who happened to be naked. Respect is probably the number one value among naturists, and nakedness is definitely shared.
  • « On a beach, being naked just makes good practical sense. No swimsuit for sand to get all caught up in, no tan lines to worry about. » All is said.
  • « And once you’ve been naked on a beach, why not at a bar, or in a corner shop, or a swimming pool? » Yes, this is the beauty of feeling well naked and being with naturists, it just becomes the new normal. It’s actually quite strange how it becomes so natural quickly. No t-shirt, no pant, just you!
  • « We’re all just people. Various sizes and shapes and levels of hairiness and wrinkliness and tan, but, basically all the same. » Yes, this is the second « surprise » from non naturist: body acceptance, oneself and others. You may be surprised the first times, then do not pay attention to it anymore, we are just human beings and feel great to be among people who are not making a statement by wearing so and so clothes.
  • « Being naked, I realised, doesn’t expose you at all – it makes you anonymous and equal. » This is a huge discovery and probably the most important ones, as it explains why our body is not sexual by nature, we have sexualized it over time. Gaining our freedom back to be naked makes us better, I think.
  • And the last: « Flying home to headlines and TV reports filled with hatred and division, there’s something very comforting in having discovered a place where people are just people. » Naturism is the best lifestyle I know, the one that makes people who they truly are, just human beings who aspire to a good life.

Share this article among your non naturist friends and you may convert them to naturism. They may join you to your next club meeting or naturist holidays. It’s said nakations are the best vacationsm and it’s even better with good friends!

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Beyond burkinis: why science suggests ALL clothes should be banned

All nudists need to dress to carry some errands like shopping in the nearest mall for instance, as nudity may, unfortunately, not been allowed. However, most nudists agree that if they could stay naked whenever and wherever they wanted, that what they would chose. In this article of The Guardian, the author suggests that clothes should be banned and provides some good reasons for this:

  • Clothes do more harm than good: clothes have been used as political tools. Look at the difference between cheap and expensive clothing, or perceived unappropriate or appropriate clothes. Clothes often defines the perception people have of a person, without looking beyond. What about the famous « dress code » that obliges you to wear something you may not be comfortable with?
  • Environmental damages due to washing. Soap and detergents are bad for nature. No clothes mean no washing.
  • Body shaming ends. If everybody is naked, flaws are all visible and body shaming is much more difficult when nobody’s perfect…

There could be a ton of other reasons, as we have seen in the 10 reasons why I am a nudist and you should be too. Naturism is one of the best lifestyles, if not the best, as long as temperature and security allows it. If you are not a naturist yes, give it a try, find other good reasons while browsing through this blog and others.

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How To Feel Comfortable Naked Every Day

All posts and articles from mainstream press that address nudism and nudity in a positive way are a great way to increase awareness on this awesome lifestyle. This is true from this article from medium.com.

Nudity isn’t for everyone, but for me, it’s everything

It’s a short article that gives three simple and reasonable advice to embrace the nudist lifestyle:

  • « Your body is your temple, treat it that way » – in other words, learn to take care of you and your body, you only have one and life is more pleasant when your body works well.
  • « Embrace your curves and the body you were born with » – love you as you are and not as the media wants you to be. Perfection is photoshopped! Reality is much better. Nudity teaches you to love who you are.
  • « Take the first step and begin by spending an hour a day naked » – learn to walk before running. For many nudity is not « natural ». Try it slowly and appreciate the freedom, before spending more time and sharing with others.

Once you try and enjoy nudity, you never come back. Naturism is the best possible lifestyle. I often refer to its definition as given by the International Naturist Federation: « a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment« . Respectful, peaceful, and powerful!

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