She's not the first yogi to go naked, but her account is about so much more than gratuitous nude pics
Remember when naked yoga had a moment last year? It seemed like everyone knew someone who knew someone who tried it—and everyone was eager to hear the dirty details. But naked yoga has been around forever—or, at least, since people started practicing yoga.
So @nude_yogagirl isn't breaking the mold by posting naked naked pics on Instagram. (There's a hashtag, of course, and over 12,000 people have posted their own #nakedyoga photos. Do we even need to say they're NSFW?) The 25-year-old model/photographer/yogi started her account barely a month ago, and has already amassed over 40,000 followers—a feat you could attribute to her gorgous black-and-white photos. But it's more about the words the anonymous yogi is posting than the images.
"You have to remeber [sic] that point of yoga is not to be able to stick your foot behind your head," she wrote in a recent post. "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.
"It doesn't matter if you are overweight, inflexible, not sporty...or if you can't sit down, relax and listen to your breath," she added. "It doesn't matter if you have a terribble [sic] balance or if you have never tried yoga before. Because yoga is perfect for people who are not perfect."
Right, but she's a stunning, thin, blonde model, you might argue. So what? It doesn't matter who's preaching that message of acceptance—just the fact that people continue to spread the word. Because there's never been a better moment for body love on social media.
When Instagram banned the hashtag #curvy (citing that it violates the platform's guidelines around nudity), women who loved their curves were up in arms. Celebs like Gigi Hadid and Zendaya have used Instagram as a platform to slam body shamers—because, yep, even supermodels and Disney stars have to deal with them. And Instagram yogis are out to show that The Yoga Body Stereotype Is B.S. People like @mynameisjessamyn and @biggalyoga are wracking up followers like it's their job—proof that people want to see yoga pics from yogis of all sizes.
"Maybe you thought that 'nude_yogagirl' has to be something very embarrasing [sic] or vulgar," she wrote. "But actually I want to show that our body and nudity is something really natural and in it's own way absolutely beautiful with all the shapes and curves." And sure, the risque nature of the photos is probably what's drawing a lot of eyes right now; we bet, though, her honest, genuine captions celebrating yoga for all bodies are what will keep people coming back.
But if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that everyone loves a yoga pose on Instagram. And @nude_yogagirl has made an art of that.