Nude Yoga Girl Inspires Others to Embrace Self-Love and Post Nude Yoga Photos

Yoga movements are great at relieving stress and helping you sleep. It can provide a boost to your energy and help open up your breathing. Yoga's movements can help your body remain flexible and mobile. By gaining flexibility and mobility people are able to limit their risks of falls—which becomes more important as you age.

What Is Yoga?

Yoga includes more than just movement and poses, however. It involves mindfulness, concentration, and breathing. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) tells us that yoga began as an Indian spiritual practice but has grown into a way to promote physical and mental well-being.

The NCCIH says yoga helps with "stress management, mental/emotional health, promoting healthy eating/activity habits, sleep, and balance." It is effective for low back pain and neck pain as well as for tension headaches. The NCCIH also found that practicing yoga helped with weight loss and assisted people who wanted to quit smoking.

Beginners will need to find an experienced and qualified instructor to help them perform the moves and poses properly. When done incorrectly you can experience sprains—especially in the knee and lower legs. It will take time to find the stability and flexibility to complete complex movements like headstands and the lotus position.

Nude Yoga Girl Takes Yoga to the Next Level

Nude Yoga Girl could be called an advanced yoga practitioner. Since 2015, the anonymous model and photographer—known simply as Nude Yoga Girl—has been sharing nude yoga pose self-portraits on Instagram. In most of these photos, she's in the middle of a challenging yoga pose—and carefully positioned so as not to be too revealing. The images are honest and real, and the yogi's captions often document her journey toward self-love.

Thanks to her artistic shots and insightful, body-positive comments, Nude Yoga Girl has amassed more than 672,000 followers on the social network. And now, many of these followers are sharing their own nude yoga photos using the hashtag #NYGyoga. The images (more than 450 so far) capture diverse body shapes and sizes, helping to spread Nude Yoga Girl's message that yoga is for everyone.

Sharing Self Love

The talented yogi has been encouraging her followers to bare it all and share their stories on the social platform. In a recent post on Instagram, she explained why the act of posting a nude yoga photo can be so powerful.

"It's much more than just the actual photo," she writes. "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."

Check out some of the stunning photos below.

"The empowering feeling they get from it. That makes me happy," the model writes. "By receiving and sharing the photos I want to inspire more people to do so."

Props to Nude Yoga Girl for spreading a message of self-love. These photos show that all body types are beautiful and strong, and we hope the inspiring hashtag continues to grow.

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