Ever walked into a yoga studio only to feel like it's a beauty pageant rather than a place to exercise? From people in full makeup and jewellery to designer clothes and extra costly performance mats, the practice of yoga has definitely succumbed to the hype leaving many of its ideals – self-confidence, inner peace, self-worth – in the background.
If you had those feelings but still want to walk the path to wholesomeness and wellbeing, let us introduce you to Nude Yoga Girl, an Instagram sensation paving a whole new way to self-acceptance.
Ran by an anonymous 25-year-old model, artist and yoga practitioner, the @nude_yogagirl account is a rich source of inspiration to anyone looking for positive reinforcement or just visually-enticing, quality photography.
It all started back in 2015 when the mysterious Instagrammer started sharing dramatic black-and-white photos of herself performing subtle yoga poses in nude. The rise to stardom was prompt – in just a month, she's gained over 30,000 followers and now the account has a solid base of 661k fans.
People were admiring the skilfully lit and poetic images that showcased human body in all of its unapologetic beauty. It is art, for sure, and Nude Yoga Girl has utilised that by selling prints through her website. However, the premise of her account is to educate people about loving themselves as well as bashing the stigma surrounding nudity.
"Nudity is not only about 'sexy' poses in front of mirrors and showing off your toned body...
Being in peace with yourself means accepting your body. And you should. Because you are beautiful exactly the way you are."
The owner of the account admits she doesn't always practice yoga naked. However, baring it all helps her to stimulate the sense of freedom, forget the physical shackles of the everyday world and tap into spirituality and into the subconscious.
And she's not alone in her quest! Nude Yoga Girl has inspired (or elevated) a community of buff yogis who share their content under the #nygyoga hashtag. Check out more incredible photos below and just in case you're interested in trying out nude yoga yourself, there are classes in New York that offer just that.