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This New Topless Yoga Class Frees Your Mind AND Your Boobs

This story was written by Erin Magner and repurposed with the permission of Well+Good.

When prepping for yoga class at Los Angeles’s Astroetic Studios, there’s one thing you don’t have to worry about packing: a sports bra.

At least that’s the case on Wednesday nights during Free the Nipple Yoga—a candlelit restorative class and sound bath, where both men and women will be ditching their t-shirts to practice nude from the waist up.

“The concept behind the class is simple: equal rights for everyone,” says Danielle Dorsey, who conceived of the format with Astroetic Studios founder Jonathan Haloossim. She was inspired by the global Free the Nipple movement, which is striving to legitimatize public toplessness for women—an act that’s currently illegal 35 states. (In fact, a few years ago in New York City, then 29-year-old activist Moira Johnston was famously banned from Jivamukti yoga school for going topless.)

“In order to normalize and decriminalize breasts, we have to present them in more non-sexual settings, but because women are constantly objectified, they also need to feel safe in those spaces where it is allowed,” Dorsey explains. “Some of my most peaceful moments have been on the mat, so I thought that it would be the perfect place to allow people that freedom.”

To learn more about what to except in a topless yoga class, check out Well+Good

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