Since 2015 when she launched her Instagram account an anonymous model, yoga enthusiast and photographer has amassed over 770,000 followers using the pseudonym Nude Yoga Girl.
Her nude shots which are carefully positioned to keep within Instagram’s strict guidelines, generate the usual comments from men such as “show some pussy” but she rises above it all and documents her own journey towards self acceptance through yoga. Her motto is “you are beautiful exactly the way you are”. And she encourages her followers to share their own stories of body positivity. The result is yoga devotees around the world are stripping off their clothes and taking up complex positions au natural using the hashtag #NYGYOGA or #nudeyogagirl.
In an interview with The Cut back in 2015 when she started her Instagram account she said “I’ve been working in an industry that is purely based on looks since I was 15. Yoga has taught me that the most important thing is how I feel, not how I look from the outside. During yoga classes everybody just concentrates on their practice; people don’t compare each other or care how anybody looks.”
“My biggest issue in the past was that I saw faults in my body all the time, and that made it impossible for me to love myself fully. The way you look doesn’t matter — anybody can see faults and have that feeling of not liking themselves. With my account I want to inspire people to realize that everybody is very beautiful and capable of [doing] amazing things with their bodies. Yoga helped me accept my body exactly the way it is. Nowadays people can easily get a very false idea of ideal beauty and what nudity truly means because it’s shown mostly in a sexual and unrealistic way.”
Naked yoga isn’t new. In fact it’s been around pretty much since people started practising yoga.
Michelle Flynn founder and Director of Lightsouthern, Australia's most reputable adult production company told us, “We incorporated a naked yoga scene into Momentum, Vol.3 because we believe that sex positivity is the gateway to personal pleasure, so supporting healthy living and a fun attitude towards sex and the female form is an important part of what we do. A part of our ethos is being unpretentious, bold and sexy, comfortable in our own skins, and we want people watching to be too.”
So Nude Yoga Girl isn’t the first yogi to go naked but her account goes far beyond gratuitous nude photos, it’s the thoughts and musings which go with the images which are having such a powerful affect on women around the world.
On one post she wrote, “You have to remember that the point of yoga is not to be able to stick your foot behind your head. The point is to connect yourself to the deepest part of you. Which is the beauty of naked yoga. It's a literal shedding of clothing, baggage, judgment - anything that might hold you back from being in the moment and appreciating your body for what it's capable of, not what it looks like.”
We confess Corpse Pose – the body is prone and still and the mind is relaxed – is the only pose we’ve mastered but we’ll keep following Nude Yoga Girl for daily inspiration.
Follow Nude Yoga Girl on Instagram to view her beautiful photos and be inspired by her messages of positivity.