WHEN nude yoga instructor Rosie Rees tells people what she does for a living, the initial reaction is always shock.
"They kind of ask, 'How does that work? Why do you do that?" she said.
It's all about building up body confidence, Ms Rees says, and her women's-only classes have changed lives.
"I had a woman who said 'hell no, I'll never do this ever,' and because of that, she knew she had to do it," she said.
"She was a young mother and her whole body had changed since having twins. She hated her body.
"She came to a place of really appreciating her stomach... for the function of bringing two babies into the world. She had a huge shift."
Ms Rees said that by practising yoga naked, people see more of their own bodies and become more accepting of it.
"It helps you have more connected relationship with your body," she said.
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The activity has helped Ms Rees deal with her own insecurities.
"I've had my personal struggles, feeling like I'm not skinny enough, feeling like my breasts aren't big enough," she said.
"It's helped me accept those parts of my body that the beauty industry wouldn't typically classify as beautiful."
Ms Rees practises in Perth, and is on tour for the first time, hosting women's-only workshops.
Her Brisbane and Rockhampton sessions have nearly sold out, but there are still spots left in the Mackay class.
While most people's first reaction is confusion, Ms Rees said after she explains nude yoga, people are generally open to the idea.
"(When they hear it's) a celebration of the body, people come around and say 'Ooh, I think I could do that'," she said.
Mackay nude yoga:
When: Sunday from 7pm.
Where: Location to be announced.
Tickets: Visit http://www.trybooking.com, Buy Tickets and search for 'Nude yoga Mackay,' including the date.
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