Metchosin yoga instructor Ron Stewart developed a naked form of yoga that he says frees the body from all restrictions and encumbrances.

Yoga meditation stripped bare in Metchosin

Ron Stewart believes yoga is for everyone, but you need to be brave to practise his particular style of Vinyasa Flow.

  • Sep. 2, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Ron Stewart believes yoga is for everyone, but you need to be brave to practise his particular style of Vinyasa Flow.

“It takes guts just to step into the room,” he says, standing inside the Deer Leap Yoga studio on his Metchosin property where he offers his signature Skyclad men’s classes —  yoga practised naked.

His students move through postures free from the distraction of fabric bunching or pulling as they stretch. It’s a subtle difference, but Stewart says it changes the energy in the room.

“Stripping away our clothing, it’s like we’re also stripping away all the baggage from the outside world and we can just focus on the yoga,” Stewart says.

“The class is about taking people deep into their bodies for an hour and a half, so they get up from the final savasana (relaxation) feeling like something’s happened, even if they don’t know exactly what.”

Many of his students tell him that they forget they’re naked once they start the class.

“Everyone’s nervous their first class, but it’s never as bad as people imagine,” he says. “When we’re in a pose everyone’s looking at the ceiling or the floor, they’re not looking at each other.”

Steward developed Skyclad yoga in Vancouver six years ago with classes at Davie Street a dance studio. When he moved with his partner to Metchosin two years ago, the Vancouver classes were taken over by his former students.

But it didn’t take Stewart long to realize a former art studio attached to his new home would be perfect for a new yoga studio.

He went to work on renovations and last fall Deer Leap opened as a yoga retreat with studio space for 10, spa services and a guesthouse for overnight stays. His Skyclad sessions usually draw about six men.

Stewart’s partner Tanya Horn is studying to become a yoga instructor — to teach with her clothes on.

“We do more than just naked yoga in the studio, but that’s what we get the most attention for,” Stewart says. “For people who have done yoga for a long time, they find a whole new experience doing it naked.”

He compared it to skinny dipping in a lake: “You’re only missing your swimsuit, but wow, it makes such a difference.”

Stewart offers drop-in Skyclad yoga Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at Deer Leap Yoga, 709 Pears Rd. in Metchosin, and Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at The Yoga Shala, 1322 Broad St., in Victoria.

For details visit www.skycladyoga.com.

news@goldstreamgazette.com

 

 

Just Posted

Number of SD62 kindergarten registrations about same as last year

Approximately 850 kindergarten registrations for 2019/2020 school year

28 years later: Dunahee disappearance remains largest investigation in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

City of Langford mails out information on sewer connection requirement

Plan lays out obligations, exemptions and financial assistance information for the costly hookup

Update: BC Transit driver taken to hospital with serious injuries after assault

Driver attempted to stop an altercation between two people on the bus

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Most Read