Chakras and the Body – Root Chakra


The human body has a subtle energy system with hundreds of locations containing focused and concentrated energy. However, there are seven major energy centers, which represent one of the most foundational subtle energy systems called the chakras. Chakras are spinning vortexes of energy located within the etheric body running from the pubic area all the way up the torso into the crown of our head. We receive, transmit and process life energies through the chakras and each one is recognized as a focal point for life-force relating to spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional energies.


Muladhara – Root Chakra

The first chakra is called the root or base chakra – Muladhara chakra. Located at the very bottom of the spine the energetic expression is like a plate of energy vibrating out from the pubic area. It is the grounding connection between our material bodies and the earth, the relationship to our family and friends as well as the foundation of money that supports us in taking care of our most basic physical needs.

The Sanskrit name – Muladhara – means ‘foundation’, it represents the family we are born into, our ancestral patterns, our DNA. Every other chakra only receives the energy that the root chakra can pass through to it.

When open and balanced, the Root Chakra brings health, prosperity, security and a dynamic presence, reflecting the powerful connection with the world around us.


Chakras for Men

Is Your Root Chakra Open?

Answer the following questions:

  • I have addictive tendencies
  • I have lots of good ideas, but have trouble materializing them
  • Routine things confuse or bore me
  • I worry a lot about survival
  • My life is stressful
  • Security is the most important thing to me
  • In order to reach a higher plane, I have to suffer in my physical existence
  • I have a lot of physical pain – Difficulty with accessing the earth energy can express itself in discomfort in our physical body, especially legs, hips, knees, ankles, feet and lower back.


When the Root Chakra is imbalanced or closed you may loose your sense of identity, confidence, security and perspective. When the energy is closed, off or traumatized, your life reflects this back to you and you may struggle with money, you may have career problems and you might have problems in your relationships with the people who are meant to support you.

Being the foundation of the energy system, having an active and balanced Muladhara Chakra is key to a healthy energy flow.

One of the unique aspects of our Naked Yoga is that it lets you play with Asanas (yoga poses), Bhandas (energy locks), Pranayama (breath work) and Chakras (energy systems).

There are many ways to balance the Root Chakra:

  • Dancing and practicing  Yoga  are some very grounding activities.
  • Going barefoot connects to the earth.
  • Focus and wear the color red, imagining your Root Chakra.
  • Using scents, crystals and positive affirmations like: ‘I know who I am’, ‘I love life’, ‘I am thankful’, ‘I am grateful’ and ‘I am open to life’ to connect to the Spirit.


Fact Sheet:

Location: In the perineum at the base of the spine

Color: Red / Black

Rules: Physical Energies

Sense: Smell

Astrological sign: Taurus

Element: Earth

Energy Content: Tribal Power

Glands/Organs: Prostate gland in men, adrenals, kidneys, spinal column, colon, legs, bones

Tone: E

Note: C

Mantra: Lam

Type of Music: Drumming

Aspect of intelligence: Administrative

Crystals: Ruby, Bloodstone and Hematite

Plant: Sage

Mythological Animal: White elephant with seven trunks

Scent: Cedar Wood, Patchouli, Rose Geranium and Clove


“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ M. Angelou


Joschi Schwarz & Monika Werner

Do you want to meet the love of your life. Look into the mirror.

Self-compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having self-compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at.


We all have the desire to feel special, but to see ourselves positively, we tend to inflate our egos and put others down. We might temporarily feel better about ourselves if we ignore our flaws, but in the long run we only harm ourselves. It’s like a sugar high and then we crash.


So what’s the solution?

Let’s stop judging and evaluating ourselves and simply accept ourselves with an open heart. Let’s treat ourselves with the same kindness, caring and compassion we would show our friends.


Positive effects of Self-Compassion:

  • Self-compassion makes us feel good: it activates the pleasure circuits in the brain, leading to increased happiness.
  • Self-compassion makes us more resilient to stress: lowers stress hormones and strengthens the immune response.
  • Self-Compassion makes us better friends and partners: we are more optimistic and supportive when communicating with others, which leads to greater satisfaction and growth in relationships.
  • Self-compassion makes us more socially adept: we are less vulnerable to loneliness.









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Monika Werner


Stop the Insanity – Learn to Meditate

We hear it all the time, meditation can have positive effects on our energy, our creative thinking, our stress levels and even our success. Famous artists, business people and politicians swear on the benefits of meditation and have a regular practice, but would it work for you?


Guided Relaxation for Beginners


Studies show that meditation can improve our psychological wellbeing by reducing stress, anxiety, addiction, and depression while at the same time improving memory, attention, critical thinking and decision making.

So what does it actually mean to meditate?

The main purpose of meditation is to remove your attention from the environment to what is happening within. The Tibetan word for meditation ‘Gom’ means ‘to become familiar with’. So meditation simply means to become familiar with ourselves and with the present moment. We are turning our awareness inward to experience our essential nature, which is often described as peace, happiness and bliss.

We have been educated from childhood onward only to examine and verify things in the external world. Meditation teaches us the opposite… to go within, find answers within and to verify within.

If you ever tried to meditate, you’ll know that the mind is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of this awareness of ourselves. It almost seems like the mind has a mind of its own.

The meditation process is to learn how to be still and the process of cultivating stillness begins with the body. This is why Joschi recorded this guided relaxation video to help you completely relax your body and with that relax your mind as well.

Enjoy our Bold & Naked Guided Relaxation to De-Stress and let us know about your meditation experiences in the comments below.


Stop the Insanity – Learn to Meditate from Bold & Naked on Vimeo.

Bold & Naked – Be Your Authentic Self

Everyone puts on a mask to leave the house. Wouldn’t it be so much simpler to just be who you are and not hide behind a façade?

Bold & Naked Yoga in New York City encourages students to be their authentic self, show up as they are and liberate themselves from other people’s perceptions and opinions by practicing Nude Yoga.

A recent New York Times article describes Yoga as leaving home and going naked, which is exactly what Bold & Naked Yoga in New York City is practicing. Joschi Schwarz and Monika Werner – co-owners of NYC’s first Nude Yoga studio – encourage their students to show up with the right attitude, develop awareness, be their authentic self and feel comfortable in their own skin. By shedding their clothes and practicing Yoga in the nude, students literally drop the masks and labels they hide behind all day.

Nudity today is still a venture into the socially taboo realm. Many people are afraid to show up as they are without their protective layers for fear of consequently being judged by other people. But when students are completely comfortable with who they are and aren’t obsessed with thinking about how they look and what others may think of them, interpersonal connections and a deeper connection to themselves will surface.

As a catalyst for living an authentic life, Bold & Naked Yoga encourages their students to not change in order to fit in, but rather embrace their differences and uniqueness in order to stand out. As Kurt Cobain said it so perfectly:

I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.


Sure, social nakedness can be intimidating and a little bit scary at times, but like anything else worth having, self-liberation comes at a price and that price is getting out of your comfort zone.


Bold & Naked


Bold & Naked Yoga wishes you a Happy and Healthy Life in 2014

Bold & Naked Yoga in New York City wants to help its students to live a happy and healthy life in 2014. Joschi Schwarz and Monika Werner encourage their students to drop the mask that people put on to hide their real persona and show their true personality by shedding the protective layers of clothing and practice yoga in the nude.

Bold & Naked Yoga’s prescription for 2014 is Naked Yoga.
Everybody wears masks to show the world an edited and decorated version of who we truly are in order to fit in. Showing up to a Nude Yoga class without hiding behind clothing is extremely liberating and will let students experience self-acceptance and self-love.


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naked yoga


The reasons people develop a mask are complex, but no doubt culture and society play a big part in shielding parts of one’s true identity. Most of the time, the protective barrier of wearing a mask comes with the human feeling of insecurity and not being good enough.
By shedding the protective layers of clothing and practicing yoga in the nude, Bold & Naked encourages students to show up as they are, to let go of the mask and to embrace imperfections. Joschi Schwarz and Monika Werner – owners of Bold & Naked – want their students to drop the need to be perfect and to discover how much more they are by being themselves.


Nudity is still a venture into the socially taboo realm and the biggest misconception about Naked Yoga is that people equate nudity with sexual activity. It is our mission to help our students to let go of the ego and stay more connected without having to conform to what is socially accepted. Instead of conforming to everybody else’s opinion and searching for outside approval, he encourages his students to develop their passion and be true to themselves.


Bold & Naked Yoga is a catalyst for a great tomorrow and supports its students on the way to find more self-acceptance, self-love and self-realization through Naked Yoga.

Become free. Be bold. Be naked. Be YOU!

Yoga For Better Sex

According to a study published by The Journal of Sexual Medicine, a regular yoga practice improves several aspects of sexual function, including desire, arousal, orgasm, and overall satisfaction.

Sexual energy is one of the most powerful energies in the body. Yoga is the ultimate way to improve sexual health naturally. Yoga is well known to be an amazing stress reliever that will make you mentally & physically stronger, more agile and flexible, but did you know yoga has the potency to enhance sexual performance and stimulate and increase your ability to enjoy a more powerful orgasm?

THE SECRET: Practiced correctly – Yoga will strengthen all the sexual core muscles located in the pelvis and connected to the sexual organs. Doing Yoga on a regular basis will improve endurance, increase blood flow and naturatelly helps to elevate the body and mind connection for a better sexual experience.

Here are some major ways how YOGA HELPS heat up YOUR SEX LIFE:


Learning how to breath deeply into your pelvic area will bring new awareness to your sexual core muscles. Deep breathing releases tension and stress, which ultimately leads to a better sex life when you can let go and be in the present moment! And imagine what deep yogic breathing through the nose can do to your ability of kissing and other mouth involving activities.


Many yoga poses increase blood flow to the pelvis. In a mostly sedentary world, the muscles running through the pelvis are chronically constricted and as you begin your yoga practice and start working and stretching targeted sexual core muscles, improved circulation with increase blood flow to your genitals will help expose sensitive nerve endings for sexual stimulation and heightened sensation. Arteries that carry blood into the genitals open and extra blood flows into the penis. This extra blood produces erection.


Great sex begins with deep relaxation, which concentrates blood in the central body where it is available to the genitals. Yoga reduces anxiety/stress by reducing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol and elevates mood, which in return improves sexual function.


Yoga not only improves your staying power, but it helps lengthen and strengthen your orgasms. Orgasm involves rapid contractions of the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises – contraction and relaxation of the muscles that squeeze out the last drops of urine – are used in Western medicine. In yoga we strengthen the pelvic floor muscles by engaging the mula bandha – root lock – providing similar benefits.


Yoga has been known to increase muscle strength and help improve flexibility. Many yoga poses require you to support your own body weight in new ways, as a result you are getting stronger and shape long, lean muscles. Stretching your body in new ways will help you to become more flexible and bring greater range of motion to your muscles and joints. Not only will you be in better shape through yoga, but this will enable you to try new positions.


Yoga teaches true mindfulness – living only in the present moment. In a recent study by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that most feel they have a problem remaining focused. On a subtle level, yoga helps develop sense awareness in your body that teaches you to savor every sensation in your body. Being rooted you in your body and being able to get out of your head, help you to enjoy the experience in the present moment without being distracted by a million thoughts running through your mind. As you learn to reel in your mind and listen, you will be more able to focus on sensations and respond to your partner, deepening your enjoyment of sex.

Become Free. Be Bold. Be Naked. BE YOU.

Naked Yoga to Empower Women

This is the era of the Feminine. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a teacher, an executive, a mother, an artist, a social worker… we are all born to be leaders.

The most empowering resource we have as women is being a woman! Women are often underrated, but we can always use that to our advantage. Being a woman means manifesting happiness through connection, feeling, intuition, openness in heart and body. As a group of women practicing Naked Yoga together, we are dedicated to unfold the woman you want to be regardless of anyone else’s expectations or societal standards.

As women, we have many facets: the wild woman, the mother, the witch, the fairy, the seductress, the priestess…  We are discovering our own true path, but often times, we have to deal with difficulties such as emotional blocks, financial stresses and physical limitations of our body. Naked Yoga helps women to step into their magnificence as a woman.

Bold and Naked – Women Empowerment


Naked Yoga for Women is dedicated to guide women on their personal journey to empowerment. We recognize the beauty of every woman’s unique body & soul and inspire women to have the courage to break free from from the chains of limiting belief patterns as well as societal conditioning that have kept many of us from seeing our true beauty and power.


It is our intention to create a community of women who support and empower one another to have the body and life we want… OUR way!



Some of the benefits of Naked Yoga for Women include:
– Learn who you truly are
– Free yourself from negative emotions and limiting beliefs about yourself
– Learn to understand yourself
– Learn to love yourself and the people around you
– Gain self-esteem and personal growth
– Learn to trust yourself
– Inspire others


Become free. Be bold. Be naked. Be YOU.

Why Naked

In order to be everything you are meant to be, you have to know who you are! We come into this world completely naked, absolutely perfect and with limitless potential. Through our lives, we pick up labels, judgements, thoughts and beliefs and our clothes represent the disguise of who we actually are. Clothing is a barrier between ourselves and the world and affects the way we perceive ourselves and our environment.


Why Naked – Bold and Naked Yoga NYC


Bold & Naked is not about being naked for naked’s sake, even though that’s perfectly fine. It is about being comfortable in your own skin and the amazing confidence that comes with it. It’s about knowing, accepting and loving yourself at your core – capable of anything and perfect as we are. Being completely at ease in your naked body is the ultimate expression of self-confidence. If you are okay with being naked you’ll feel more comfortable in general and can take yourself anywhere in the world. That’s very powerful.

Part of yoga is to honor and connect with your body. Practicing yoga naked frees you from negative feelings about your body and allows you to be more accepting of your physical imperfections. You will find a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you.

Break out of the fear zone. People who feel good naked approach life with boldness.

Become free. Be bold. Be naked. Be YOU.

A Brief History Of Nakedness

‘Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself  from his own kind.’
– Michel de Montaigne

The history of nakedness refers to social attitudes towards nakedness in different cultures. Wearing clothing is an exclusively human characteristic and an element of most human societies.


Going back in time, history reveals that many cultures embraced nakedness. Spartans went naked in sports competitions and their victories inspired the Greek to exercise in the nude even creating the word ‘gymnasium’ which comes from the Greek word gymnos = naked. Romans enjoyed social nudity in magnificent bathhouses and Adamists performed bare church services in North Africa. Germans are avid proponents of ‘Freikoerperkultur’ (Free Body Culture), while Japanese jump naked into hot springs, Finns are naked in saunas and the Jain monks in India live and pray naked.



Being naked socially provides people with considerable mental and physical benefits with the greatest psychological benefit being the acceptance, respect and liking for ones own body and respecting others in their various forms.


So what happened that nakedness today is frowned upon and social nudism is seen as immoral. Why does nudity upset some people and why does it excite others to such a degree. What happened that in the course of human evolution nakedness, which simply represents our body in its natural state, is now a catalyst for contradictory thoughts, feelings and activities.


Become free. Be bold. Be naked. BE YOU.

Create The Life You Want

We always want a little bit more out of life and crave new challenges and experiences. Scientists have found that the desire to learn, try new things, be stimulated, explore and test ourselves is in our genes.

We are the creator of our own life, so what are you creating in your life right now? Whether you want to admit it or not, everything that has manifested in your live thus far has been created by your thoughts and where you direct your focus. Everything is energy, your beliefs, thoughts, emotions, breath, muscles, bones, tissues, bodily fluids. So direct the energy in the creation of the life that you want.


Imagine the life you dream about, where you are, what you do and how you feel. When you know what you want, the universe knows what you want and when the universe knows what you want opportunities appear. The truth is, there is only one person responsible for the life you have and that person is you, so take responsibility and stop looking for excuses.


Here are three important steps towards creating the life you want:
1. Clarify where you want to go.
If you could have your dream life, what would it be? Decide what you want and be clear about your goals by writing them down or creating a vision board. Most people don’t get what they want, because they haven’t decided what they want and end up going in circles and wasting energy. Once you decided on your goal, keep your focus, create a plan, believe it is possible and believe in yourself. Don’t let your past, your circumstances or fear stop you. Nothing much happens when you stay in your comfort zone. And if you fail, instead of seeing your attempt as failure, see it as a learning experience in the process of achieving the success and life you dream of.


2. Understand where you are
Self-awareness is the start to your dream life. Know yourself at your core. Observe and understand yourself, your mind, your thoughts, your emotions, your feelings, your behavior patterns, your beliefs and values. ‘Bold & Naked‘ believes it all starts with accepting and loving yourself for who you are and Naked Yoga is one way to get to know you better. Strip bare, physically and metaphorically and allow yourself to take of all the masks to show up as you are without disguise. Express yourself authentically, enjoy the physical beauty of your body and learn to understand who and where you are.


3. Become aware of the possibilities
There is no shortage of possibilities in your life, but you have to have aspirations beyond your current day-to-day life. Know and honor the possibilities that drive change in your life. Be true to your authenticity and values and let them guide you throughout your decision making. Let them motivate you and determine how you choose to live your live. A willingness to look at new opportunities can allow us to move forward and create the life we truly desire. Start today and create the life you want.


Become free. Be bold. Be naked. Be YOU.