01/22/2013 01:05 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2013

Naked Yoga For Men All The Rage In Edmonton (VIDEO)

Yoga to be kidding!

It turns out naked yoga is a hit with men in Edmonton, Canada.

CTV News reports that a growing number of men are taking advantage of Shanti Yoga Studios' men-only class that asks participants to strip down for a more psychologically fulfilling experience than traditional yoga, according to the class instructor.

"For some it’s about naturalism and just being nude, and for other people it’s just a bucket list endeavor," instructor Chris McBain told CTV.

Earlier this month, McBain told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that naked yoga helps people conquer their fears.

"Yoga itself is a great physical activity and has many benefits," McBain said. "When you're engaging a challenge for yourself, it's a little intimidating but when you confront that challenge, it can take on a lot of self-confidence."

Naked yoga also has proponents stateside.

Isis Phoenix of Naked Yoga NYC told Health News Daily the activity offers a way to free people's minds and their bodies.

"A new reality is created in the first 15 minutes of class — a reality where people can be naked and practice yoga in the room, and it's OK," Phoenix said. "Nobody's going to point and laugh."



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