Move over hot yoga, boozy yoga, goat yoga and all other forms of trendy meditation. While we love your sweaty warriors, tipsy pigeons and innovative crows, there’s a new fitness trend, and it’s the most empowering form of the practice you’ve seen yet.
As any yogi knows, the art of yoga is meant to be about connecting with our bodies and finding inner quiet and strength. It also happens to be a great way to tone and lengthen muscles while giving us a good, all-around stretch. Well, what better way to do that than to do it in the nude?
Okay so we haven’t seen any full-on naked yoga classes just yet, but thanks to a woman known on social media as Nude Yoga Girl, the practice is starting to become more common with yoga lovers online. Since late 2015, Nude Yoga Girl has been posting tasteful and artistic shots of herself striking up classic yoga poses in the nude, and they’re pretty much the epitome of gorgeous.
To be fair, the woman’s a model and sells her art online — so of course they’re amazing. But her photos have started inspiring others to embrace their own bodies and to share pictures of themselves doing naked yoga with the hashtag #NYGyoga, and we love how powerful, real and raw they feel.
#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! 😊
If performing naked yoga in the outdoors is referred to as ‘cosmic love-making to the Universe’ then this must be a cosmic threesome. Photo by Eileen van Uitert. #dancerspose #warrior3pose #treepose #dancerspose #nakedyoga #yoga #nudeyogaguy #nudeyogagirl #nudeyogafriends #nudeyogacouple #nudeyogaduo #nakedyogaduo #nakedyogafriends #nakedyogacouple #nakedyogagirl #nudeart #bodyartists #bodyart #nudism #naturism #nudists #naturists #outdoornude #StripDownAsanas #NYGyoga #stripdownasanas3
Thanks for being such a great part of this challenge! @nacktyoginerd ・・・ If nature offers no home, then we must make a home one way or another. The only question is how. – John Burnside ❄️ Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…alright maybe a but early for that song as we haven’t had Halloween just yet but indeed this is the reason why I was so locked up yesterday…SNOWFALL in Denver! Thus what’s a yogi to do but strip down and practice his favorite heart opener for day one of Strip Down Asanas 3. ❄️ #StripDownAsanas3 #stripdownasanas #stripdownsundays #selflove #yogafun #freespirit #gypsysoul #nakedyoga #bodyartwork #nudeyogaart #nudeyoga #selflovewarrior #bodypositive #NYGyoga #loveyourbody #wildandfree #freelikeme
It’s no wonder that Nude Yoga Girl has more than half a million followers at this point, or that her popularity is slowly but surely catching on. Her messages of self-empowerment seem to be pretty damned infectious.
“I want to inspire people to realize that everybody is very beautiful and capable of [doing] amazing things with their bodies.” she said. “I want to inspire people to try yoga, and maybe they can also find body acceptance from there.”
Online, she shares photos that focus on body acceptance and positive self-reflection.
“It’s much more than just the actual photo,” she writes on her account. “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.”
Now that’s a kind of yoga we can certainly get behind.