Frequently Asked Questions

NAKED AWAKENING

What do we wear to the workshop?

Participants arrive at the studio dressed in normal clothes and change into a sarong, kimono or robe, removing all items of clothes including underwear and bra. The studio will always have a private space (bathroom or change rooms) for participants to get undressed.

When do we get naked?

You have full permission to get naked whenever you please. Generally, we don’t start fully naked, although you’re more than welcome to get nude straight away. Some women unveil during the meditation or sharing circle and other women unveil during the yoga practice. It’s entirely up to you. 

Can I wear underwear?

I encourage women not to wear underwear, simply because I want them to gain the most empowering experience possible out of getting fully naked. Taking your underwear off is part of the process of shedding all your layers. If you are bleeding and you don’t use tampons or menstrual cups, you can wear period undies or undies and a pad, however, you can also bleed freely onto your towel on your yoga mat, if you wish. 

What age do I have to be?

We only accept women aged 18 years+

What gender do I have to be to attend the workshop?

These workshops are designed for people who identify as a woman, non-binary folk, or people with a vulva. There are plenty of mixed gender workshops available for men and women to attend, however, these workshops are solely for females, or people who identify as a woman. 

Do I need any prior yoga experience?

Absolutely not. There is no yoga, meditation or workshop experience necessary. The yoga practice is basic and designed for beginners. Anyone can do it! If you have any injuries, just let me know before the workshop. 

How long is the workshop?

Approximately 3.5 hours long. There is a toilet break offered before we start our yoga flow but you are free to go anytime you need. If you don’t have to leave right away, stay to chat and share and take a look at the beautiful healing items on offer by Rikki.

Where are the workshops held?

I always use yoga studios for my workshops. These nights are held in different locations and each studio is ensured to be private, have air conditioning and be a beautiful space for you to surrender. The location is kept private and released in an email the Monday before the workshop.  

IS THE WORKSHOP SEXUAL?

No. These workshops are trying to break down stigma that “nudity = sexuality”. Just because we are naked, doesn’t mean it’s a sexual experience. The workshops are ‘sensual’ experiences, but not sexual – unless the theme or topic is based on helping women connect to their sexuality. 

I am feeling very anxious to attend. Is that normal?

It’s completely normal to be fearful, anxious or nervous before a Nude Yoga workshop since being seen and witnessed naked is a legitimate fear for many people. 

Once you book in the ticket there is a process of feelings and emotions that arise; waves of nerves, excitement, fear and thrill. Simply witness and observe these waves of emotions. If you feel stuff “come up”, feel into it and allow it to rise and fall away. Try not to analyse too much, otherwise you will talk yourself out of it. My advice is to book in, forget about it, and then just turn up. Enjoy the process. Just remember: If not now, when? If not who, then me? 

What kind of movements or postures will we be doing?

Since we are spread out in a circle (not in rows in front and behind each other) there are no ‘bums in faces’ – so to speak. Everyone panics about the downward dog, however, it’s one of the most non-intrusive postures in the workshop – because no one is behind you or directly in front of you. You have ultimate privacy when we are in a circle. And besides, it’s a candle-lit space so there are no bright lights to make you feel uncomfortable. 

Other postures might include: 

  • Cat / Cow / Table-top

  • Child’s pose

  • Warrior poses (lunges)

  • Cobra / up dog

  • Sun salutations

  • Reclined twists

  • Sufi grinds (hip spirals)

  • Heart opening movements 

  • Breathwork

My yoga flows are very intuitive so they do vary depending on how the room is feeling on the night, but I do always say to listen to your body and just move the way you feel called to.

What about body sounds and bodily fluids?

We ask each participant to bring their own yoga mat AND their own towel. It’s important for hygiene that we use a towel over our yoga mat, as there may be vaginal fluids, breast milk (if you’re breastfeeding) or sweat released during the practice.

This is normal! We are human and noises and fluids will escape our body – there is nothing to be ashamed of. For this reason, we remain on our yoga mat or towel for most of the night and when we partner up we take our towels with us. So yep, fanny farts (queefing) and farting is totally normal and encouraged! 

How will I feel afterwards?

Women have shared that they have never felt so elated, ecstatic, free, liberated and in love with themselves in their entire life. The simple act of getting naked is profound for many as we have often been shamed for our bodies, judged, compared to, abused and embarrassed by the way we look, particularly in comparison to what the beauty industry preaches to the masses.

Some women will comment that they have the best sleep or best sex (with a lover or themselves) of their lives after Nude Yoga because they have released all inhibitions. A lot of women feel sensual, embodied, sexy, wild, feminine, free!

Other women might feel tired, depleted, exhausted, emotional, tender, shameful (because of old patterns and conditioning). Some have expressed that they have felt ‘guilty’ for treating themselves so badly in the past. Women may also feel a ‘vulnerability hangover’ the following day.

There is a full spectrum of emotions that may arise from attending the workshop because we have shed so many layers of conditioning, fear and pain.

What do I do if I am menstruating on the night of the class?

I have taught many yoga classes on my period and I survived! In fact, I enjoyed the sensitivity and vulnerability that’s heightened from the experience. You can either wear a tampon or wear a moon cup. Perhaps bring a dark coloured towel to place on your yoga mat in case of any leakages. 

If you’re not comfortable with either of these options, you may wear underwear with a pad or period undies. It’s a personal choice, and I respect your decision. There is no reason why you can’t join the class if you are on your moon. What a powerful experience if you are bleeding! 

How many people attend these workshops?

Usually, I cap the workshop at 20. However, I prefer intimate classes of about 10-16. 

Do I have to be in the photo?

You have a choice at the end whether or not you would like to be in the photograph. There is no pressure to be in the photo! We love to take a photograph at the end to celebrate feeling free and empowered in our body. However, if you have a job where you don’t want to be seen naked or it’s your personal choice, that’s absolutely OK. You can take the photo for us! There is a waiver you sign before the workshop commences where you can give consent or not to be in the photo. 

Do you offer refunds on purchased tickets?

Short answer, no. I don’t offer money back refunds but do offer to keep your ticket so you can use it at a future workshop. I do this because a lot of women buy their ticket when they’re feeling empowered and courageous but then they might have a feeling of anxiety over what they’ve just commited to do, which is totally normal as this work is so profound. By keeping your ticket for a future workshop I am encouraging you to stay in your willingness to expand and experience these incredible nights.

The only time I’ll offer full refunds is when I have to cancel an event.

I am a larger size woman, will there be other women in larger bodies?

We create a safe, welcoming space for women of all shapes and sizes to comfortably attend these workshops. Our workshops are all inclusive of size, shape, age and colour. You are not alone! There is always a cross section of women from all walks of life. And what you realise in Naked Awakening/Nude Yoga is that no matter what the size, we all struggle with the same limiting belief that we are not good enough or that we are not loveable.

ENERGY HEALING

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

How Does Reiki Work?

We are alive because energies are flowing through us, these energies are referred to as prana, chi or universal life force energy. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy we call our aura. This life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes reduced function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force energy

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. By doing this, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

What is involved in a reiki session?

I work intuitively so each session will be beautifully different.

During an in person session you might experience a mixture of the following:

  • Card pulling

  • Guided messages

  • Reiki (touching or hovering)

  • Massage

  • Essential oils

  • Pressure points

  • Crystal healing

Distance healing sessions have more of a consistent flow. These sessions I usually do via video call as I love to see your face and connect on that level. If you aren’t comfortable with that I offer voice call or a quick pre call and the healing is done without being on the phone at all.

These sessions last from 45mins to 1hr and start with a 15 minute chat, then 30mins of energy healing followed by another quick chat. We then end the call and I make a recording for you explaining any messages and guidance that came through. I send this to you via WhatsApp so you can rewatch. 

Why do you suggest a follow up session?

Depending on your reason for first seeking energy healing you may need one session or multiple sessions. I can help guide you on this after your first treatment.

I do suggest leaving at least a week in between treatments to create the space for you to consciously and subconsciously process what’s been done. Reiki energy continues to move and work through you even after the session is complete. 

You may feel nothing after your first treatment or spend the next few days, weeks or even months processing new things that come to the surface. 

This is where a follow up session can be helpful. It’s generally best to receive three to five Reiki treatments one to two weeks apart. Once you see yourself improving you can space out treatments to one month or six weeks apart.  Receiving regular Reiki treatments is excellent self-care and helps you to maintain holistic balance.

Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?

Most clients will feel a deep sense of relaxation and lightness in their bodies. However, sometimes you might experience a discomfort in your healing process. When a person is exposed to Reiki healing, the vibrations of the person at the receiving end fluctuate. When these vibrations go up toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the bloodstream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system.

You might experience weakness, headaches or an upset tummy (rumbling) as a result of these quick changes in the body. Every ‘body’ is different and will respond differently to the treatment. 

These side effects are nothing serious and are almost always short lived.  

I always advise my clients to drink a big glass of water after a Reiki treatment to assist the internal system and to ground themselves by standing on the earth barefoot or swimming in the ocean. 

Remember that during your treatment we are unblocking chakras and moving stagnant energies, so in order for these to be released there is going to be a form of discomfort. Things will arise for you to let go of, be kind to yourself and observe the process without expectation or judgment. 

What can be treated with Reiki?

Reiki can be used for all forms of illness or negative conditions.

From headaches, emotional strains, muscle tension, and insomnia to anxieties, heart disease, cancer, and abuse/trauma Reiki treatments have proven to have a positive effect.

Reiki will always help and in some cases people have experienced complete healing! This of course can not be guaranteed for every client, the reduction of stress with some improvement in one’s physical and psychological condition are what is most experienced.

I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance. How does this work?

You can’t see someone’s love for you but you can feel it. You feel it when you go through a tough time and know that person has got your back even if they’re not with you. This love, which is energy, helps you to work through your struggles. Distance healings work in a similar way, using intention and positive, coherent energy. 

Universal life force energy knows no time, distance or space. Being half way across the world makes no difference in the healing you recieve. The reiki energy will flow to you and know exactly where to treat in your body and mind.

GET NAKED AUSTRALIA

What is Get Naked Australia?
We are a group of people dedicated to being naked and free in the outdoors, normalising nudity and building community. 
The feeling of being in nature, shedding your clothing and inhibitions is a feeling that cannot be described, it must be experienced! GNA  facilitates you with some encouragement to do this and the knowledge of great locations for your own naked in nature experiences.
What do your GNA Naked Yoga & Wine Night’s involve?
GNA is all about getting people feeling comfortable whilst being naked in nature, but we must also realise that sometimes it gets a bit too cold for this, so we offer indoor events as well. 
One of these events is Naked Yoga & Wine Night’s. It is a 2 hour event that most often runs over time because we’re having so much fun. 
The first hour being a basic and fun beginners yoga flow followed by an hour of drinks, nibbles, and social hang out time. 
The yoga is facilitated in a circle, so no one is directly behind you. We are lit only by candles and lamps giving it a more intimate feeling without harsh lighting making you feel completely seen in your poses. It is a perfect event for anyone interested in joining the community but who might not yet feel comfortable joining an outdoors event.
The yoga is designed for absolute beginners and I always add some games into the flow to keep everyone laughing, breaking any tension, allowing the experience to be light and enjoyable.
We then have an hour or 2 to hang out and socialise, sharing a beverage and some delicious food. This is the best part really, having a chance to meet the others in the community and building friendships. 
Are these events safe?
These events are completely safe. The only people who attend these events are members of the private community and have been screen checked by the chairman. Every event is ensured to have an equal gender balance. 50% men and 50% women. We want everyone to feel safe and secure in this community. 
What is Naturism
The term “Naturism” appears to be a term which lacks a clear definition. We believe that Naturism is the practice of being naked in nature. Naturism is asexual and about connecting to oneself, those around them and the great outdoors. Practicing naturism can be a solo skinny dip in a river or it can be attending a large social naturist venue. It all depends on your comfortability.
What Other Events Do You Offer With GNA?
The events are endless, we always have new ideas being created. So far, we have bush hikes, waterfall adventures, hot air ballooning, cruises, mountain climbing, life drawing sessions, naked yoga & wine nights, beach days and so much more.