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Naked Yoga

OH DEAR. Blatant porn dressed up as mystical quackery, shoved out by Channel 4 when Jeremy Isaacs wasn’t looking (and he complains about the channel being full of filth today). Appallingly filmed, with scratchy 16mm reels of Californian babbling from an aurally bearded man accompanying various failed flower children “losing their inhibitions”, i.e. their clothes, on a beach to various dribbly sub-Krishnarite musical backings. The only thing “uplifting” about it was the speed it up-lifted you out of your chair to change the channel.



  1. Glenn A

    July 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Even more far out than Yoga for Health, this probably featured the Manson Family when they were taking a break from murder and massive drug sessions.

  2. Caring a Lot

    July 6, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I read a great article in a fanzine many moons ago which was the story of being on a UK tour with noisy US rockers Faith No More, and late one night they were stuck in their hotel room when they switched on the TV to pass the time. The Woody Allen film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex was showing, and they were delighted, but when that finished and the legendary Naked Yoga came on, it’s safe to say the band were incredibly impressed with the state of British TV in the eighties.

  3. Caring a Lot

    July 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I should have mentioned as well that Faith No More were very impressed with Rainbow (the programme, not the band), although not for the same reasons as Naked Yoga.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    July 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Channel 4 has always had a healthy interest in nudity and sex. Ever watched Sex Tips for Girls, where some Californian woman demonstrated certain sexual techniques with a prosthetic penis to a group of snickering young women? Apparently one of my female friends found it an enlightening experience so these programmes do have a certain value.

  5. Glenn A

    May 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I know a yoga guru in London and this show comes to mind, along with Yoga For Health, which used to fill the slot The Chase has now on regional ITV in the seventies.

  6. THX 1139

    February 1, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    This is on YouTube, from the original C4 broadcast! It was nominated for an Oscar, because the 70s! It’s incredibly boring!

    • Glenn Aylett

      September 28, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Have you ever watched Yoga For Health, THX, there’s a clip of Lynn Marshall meditating on a rock for five minutes, while some George Harrison style music sitar music plays. Believe me in the old days of ITV, these supposedly self improving and educational programmes were given quite important slots, such as preceding the 5.50 News. Unless you were into yoga, these shows were a load of hippyish tosh to most people.

      • THX 1139

        September 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        Well, yoga is very much the in thing now, so Lynn was ahead of her time. I remember her being on Sunday mornings, I think? Or someone like her. She wasn’t naked, though. Just thank goodness we never had Naked Boomph with Becker.

        • Glenn Aylett

          September 29, 2019 at 2:20 pm

          Nothing against yoga, as it is popular and one of my best friends is a yogini, but these programmes were very much of their time and had a hippy vibe to them that looks quaint now. Also Boomph With Becker, I do remember this being on TV Hell in 1992 where some middle aged woman puts pensioners through their paces to the music to the John Dunn radio programme. Again probably part of the PSB remit both the BBC and ITV had in the seventies, but exruciating now.

  7. richardpd

    September 29, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I remember a programme about Yoga being on around lunchtime back in the day when a lot of daytime TV was aimed at housewives.

    Nothing to exciting about it, just a presenter wearing a leotard in a minimal set & not even much if any music,

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