Since 2015, the anonymous photographer and model popularly known as Nude Yoga Girl has been sharing artistic, nude, self-portraits on Instagram—most of which capture her in the middle of a super-challenging yoga pose. The images are raw and real and are often paired with captions that promote self-love. (Related: What I Learned About Myself from Trying Naked Yoga)
It's no wonder that over the past few years, her stunning photography and her body-positive messages have helped her gain 672,000 followers, many of whom are now sharing nude yoga photos of their own. These photos were prompted by Nude Yoga Girl after she asked her followers to share their own naked yoga pictures using the hashtag #NYGyoga to help promote body diversity.
"It's much more than just the actual photo," Nude Yoga Girl said of nude photos. "I think about it as an experience to really connect with your body, be there with it in a natural way. It's the positive experience, photo, and caption together. To know that people have really taken time to connect with themselves and celebrate their unique bodies. The empowering feeling they get from it. That makes me happy."
#NYGyoga (24h) Why do I like to see other people doing nude yoga? Someone asked me... It’s much more than just the actual photo. I thing about it as an experience to really connect with your body, be there with it in a natural way. It’s the positive experience, photo and caption together. To know that people have really taken time to connect with themselves and celebrate their unique bodies. The empowering feeling they get from it. That makes me happy. By receiving and sharing the photos I want to inspire more people to do so. 1. She preferred to stay anonymous. 2. @naturellelife 3. @evaliljestrom 4. @dwpimages You are all amazing! I want to encourage ALL body forms and shapes (you!) to share your nude yoga photos with me. Use #NYGyoga / @ Tag me or send a DM!
So far, more than 500 people have shed their clothes and are doing the downward dog and other Zen positions au naturel. In the process, they've captured all sorts of diverse body types, proving that yoga is indeed for everyone.
Check out some of the stunning photos below:
all the air that enters my lungs feeds this fire beneath flesh as i gather deep breaths weaving through my ribs as they expand and pulling them together with a rush through parted teeth do i even want.. what what does a devil like me want #writtenbywoodspine
Imagine a world... Where we loved first. Where we saw art and not indecency. Where we didn’t sexualize what is raw and beautiful. Where we praised differences instead of ostracizing the different. Imagine that world and become it _ Words by my gorgeous friend @joe_lizzzzzz_yoga _ #nygyoga #loveandalliscoming #bodypositivity