After New York’s first naked yoga studio, the nude Ibiza yoga retreat that has become a sell-out success
It is the trend that is encouraging New York yogis to bare it all, literally, and now it is making its way to Europe – in the form of a naked yoga retreat.
The unusual concept of stripping off to indulge in some downward dog has taken the Big Apple by storm, with classes at the Bold & Naked studio in Manhattan selling out.
Now luxury travel company Formentera Yoga has experienced similar success with its first all-naked holidays on the Balearic island of Ibiza.
Slice of paradise: The retreat, in Ibiza, follows the success of naked yoga practice in both New York and London
The retreat is open to both men and women and is on sale from £921. It will combine mixed yoga classes for the de-robed at a luxury finca (country house) set in 20 acres of fragrant pine forests on the north of the island overlooking the sea. The retreat has its own swimming pool and even a helipad for VIP guests.
The first experience, due to start in mid-May, has already sold out, so the company is hurriedly adding extra dates to cater to upmarket holidaymakers looking to get back to nature.
Company founder Jax Lysycia told MailOnline Travel: ‘I’m delighted to now be able to add Naked Yoga on to our rosta of retreats at Formentera Yoga and look forward to adding more dates on to our schedule this year as it’s been incredibly popular.
Feeling free: Ibiza has always had a reputation as an island that doesn’t follow the rules
‘We realise here at Formentera Yoga that naked yoga is not for everyone, but we are delighted to welcome our naked yoga teacher Annette to our yearly programme of unique retreat events as it is an incredible form of self acceptance.’
She added: ‘Clothing is optional – not everyone has to be naked. These special retreats are about freedom and not necessarily just about being naked.’
Yoga teacher Annette, who requested her surname not be published, explained the thinking behind her naked yoga practice.
She told MailOnline: ‘Naked Yoga is an opportunity to reclaim the innocence of the body, rediscover delight that is available to us with as we become one with nature and practice, or enquire into the possibility of practicing, yoga naked within this safe, peaceful and magical haven in the quiet hills of Northern Ibiza.’
Exciting times: Formentera Yoga founder Jax Lysycia is adding more dates for naked yoga courses due to demand
Inner peace: The retreat is supposed to offer a ‘safe’ place to try out nude practice and experience its benefits
Annette began teaching naked yoga in London and explained: ‘The feedback from the courses was so overwhelmingly positive right from day one (I was blown away, and still am blown away by the messages I receive from people having attended the classes) so I thought “I must be doing some good…” and continued to offer them. As such Naked Yoga London was born.’
The instructor explained: ‘The benefits range from simply feeling great and free, experiencing the liberation of your body free from clothes and moving in contact with the air, and also a sense of phsychological liberation in this.’
She added: ‘Also people report becoming deeply relaxed, more deeply relaxed than they can remember and being able to take that experience into their lives. People report being able to cope more with what life flings at them, being more accepting of themselves, getting over weight issues, being less self-conscious in many ways, loving themselves more.
‘Also, and I feel very importantly, gaining deeper respect for themselves and others and, as such, being less judgmental of themselves and others. Also simply just feeling amazing.’
Sunrise walks, meditation and health and beauty treatments are also available during the retreat, which includes food from a private chef and excursions to local beaches.