Originally posted at Well+Good NYC.
Twenty-nine-year-old activist Moira Johnston has gotten a lot of attention for strolling around Manhattan sans shirt recently. Her campaign (surprise, it’s not for PETA!) aims to remind New Yorkers that men aren’t the only ones who can shed clothes during a sweaty summer run—it’s legal for women to go topless, too. (It’s been on the books since 1992.)
But after running into Johnston (and her now somewhat-famous breasts) at the Times Square Yoga Solstice, we learned something interesting. Yoga, in fact, started it all.
“I was in a class at Jivamukti lying in savasana, and I suddenly just felt inclined to take my shirt off. I decided I wanted to try practicing topless,” Johnston explains. (I’m usually thinking, “Is it time to wiggle my toes yet?”)
Later, she says, she asked Sharon Gannon and managers at the studio if it was alright. They said no. She then did it anyway, and it wasn’t long before they had a staff member follow her into class to make sure she remained fully clothed. When she didn’t, they kicked her out and told her she wasn’t welcome back, she says.
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