Nude Yoga. {Photos of Model, shot by Husband}

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“I have become strong and resilient, as is the case of almost every human being exposed to life and to the world.” ~ Isabel Allende

Photos and discussion via Reddit/r/yoga and Imgur: “Luba Shumeyko Yoga – Shot by Husband Petter Hegre. Stunning. NSFW (


The making of the viral "Luba Nude Yoga" photos from Hegre on Vimeo.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

We can appreciate her alignment, or see where it may be off—either way this can reinspire our own practice. But perhaps most challengingly, we can use these photos to bear witness to our emotions: desire, or judgment, whatever they may be. And we can let it go, and ride the present moment via our breath. We can bring it, and ourselves, naked (we are always naked, beneath our clothes), as we are, to the mat.

The three top comments on Reddit’s yoga community:
Does it bother anybody else that so many comments attempt to marginalize her based on their opinion of her weight?

How is that any different than marginalizing someone who is overweight?

She appears to be well within a healthy weight range and her body, far from looking anorexic or overly thin, appears and likely is very strong (based on the poses she is in).


I couldn’t agree more. I’m tallish and skinny and I’ve definitely been bullied for my weight. Being called anorexic or told that your body is unattractive or that you should eat a burger because “real women have curves!” is really hurtful. And then if you try to talk about it, you get brushed off because it’s not a “real” problem.

Yea I’ve witnessed it before, and I see it on the internet and reddit all the time and it always really irks me.

It just smacks of people making others feel bad so they can feel better about themselves.

“They say love is all about raging hormones. For me, it’s mind’s way of breaking through its self-imposed limitations in order to set the eternally ecstatic soul free.”
~ Saurabh Sharma

Relephant Bonus: Elephant goes to Yoga Journal conference in the Rockies:

The future of Yoga: a discussion with the new editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal:

Cutting Yoga BS:

Let’s close Club Yoga at Wanderlust:

Enlightening our Sexuality:

“Each body is a universe, as good a universe as you could conceive.” ~ Swami Amar Jyoti

For more: Relephant articles:

> I’m a Skinny Yogi, I’m a Real Woman & I’m Not Anorexic.

> (Tasteful) Nude Yoga.

Why I Teach Naked Yoga.



For more:

This video raises some tough questions about the Future of Yoga. {Adult only}

Naked Yoga: Now that’s Hot Yoga (Try this [only] at Home).


Bonus: True yoga has a way of undercutting all the bullsh*t…while leading us to true happiness. Finally:

Bonus: Photos of the Female Form Dressed Only in Light (NSFW)

Seductive Photos of the Female Form Dressed Only in Light (NSFW)

Some more by the artist, Dani Olivier: link

Exhibit A

Exhibit B



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155 Responses to “Nude Yoga. {Photos of Model, shot by Husband}”

  1. Julie says:

    these are exquisite photos, tastefully done with a sense of purity to them. She IS indeed a physically beautiful woman, no doubt, but her freeness and strength flow out from the pictures! just lovely! thanks for sharing!

  2. MimiYogini says:

    Lovely images. Can’t help thinking that hands on adjustments would be quite awkward! 😉

  3. Rhonda says:

    absolutely beautiful photos.very pure.very expressive.very spiritual. <3

  4. Angie Oliver says:

    Absolutely stunning. You have a beautiful body. Thank you and many blessings x

  5. Shasha says:

    I think these photos are just lovely! They let you see what’s happening anatomically and are done very straight with no overtones of anything. Just one woman’s practice fully visible. Beautiful!

  6. Heather says:

    The images inspired me to embrace me! Their authenticity – stark beauty/ straight up nakedness – allowed me to connect with ME in a way that a lot of images create the experience of comparison for me. I saw these images and thought they were beautiful! The female body is BEAUTIFUL! Thank-you for sharing these intimate images and allowing me to get a step closer to embracing myself for ME!! xo

  7. Bill Gargan says:

    She has worked very hard, her discipline shows. I would be very proud of here and she can rest assured she is beautiful, I look at those fine lines and musculature, incredible.. And all is in good taste for sure..Very well done..I say think of copyrighting all and making a series, a book should be forthcoming here..

  8. Danielle says:

    Yes she is beautiful, but I hardly agree that it is appropriate to sexualize yoga by posting pictures like this on sites such as reddit, that promote pages like " yoga pants" where many men spend time looking at naked women who are barely clothed for sexual pleasure. While the yoga community embraces and views the body in a more raw spiritual sense others do not. These photos feed our overly sexed crazed society and do nothing more than contribute to sites that embrace pornography, which objectifies women. This is not what yoga is about. Yoga is an ancient, spiritual practice. It is sacred, a form of moving meditation. It is not meant for be sexually exploited. This saddens me.

    • Whitney says:

      Seeing our bodies in the natural state should not lead one to assume exploitation of sex. After all, we're all the same under our clothes. Learning to appreciate the human body in it's form is the goal here, not to express nudity in a sexual manner. I grew up in a household that taught me nudity is shameful and it was detrimental to my self-esteem and sexuality as an adult. Our society is sex-crazed because nudity is treated as taboo, a shameful and guilt-inducing state of secrecy. Also, not all pornography and nudity objectifies women. The women are there because they want to be, and they are in celebration of their bodies and their own personal strength and confidence.

    • Nancy says:

      I didn't find anything sexual about these photos at all. Why should nudity be equated with sex?

    • Alexander says:

      Actually, studies show that most men are turned on more by suggestive clothing than by full nudity – maybe our natural inclination is to respect our most natural inclination: nudity.

    • laportama says:

      Are you projecting?

    • Eric says:

      Sound more like you are projecting your own insecurities. Anyone equipped with a penis is automatically going to objectify women because of tasteful pics like this? Shame on you for being so sexist.

    • Lisa says:

      I really loved the photos too, well most of them, just to be honest. She is indeed beautiful and I am not shy to admit, that in many ways I envy her – both for her strong and beautiful postures, but simply also for her body. So there. However, a number of things pop into my mind though, being unable to just appreciate the simple beauty of the photos (sad, right?); Would people applaud so much, had she been less beautiful? What would happen, if she actually wasn't skinny, but fat? Or had really short legs? What would happen if she had the same beauty, but the postures were not right? What would happen, had she been a man? Or very much younger or older? I can't help but wonder, if she is simply just the perfect constellation of things, making these images desireable (in whatever way – yoga or not). But the images are there and out in the open. So my last thought will be: Please make just as beautiful a book, with beautiful texts, poems, descriptions or whatever she might want to match the pictures, so that the images may not be taken out of context quite so easily. Wish you all a wonderful day <3

      • That guy says:

        Oh shut up Lisa. Everything about her is appealing. No if it was a guy it wouldn't be, nor if she were fat or unattractive. Art is focused around capturing perfection, at least in this type of art. Yoga is based around perfection in balance and strength. Most people that complain just want to be told they're good looking without doing any of the effort. Get over it. Things are what they are.

      • Mimi says:

        Absolutely Lisa, bravo bravo bravo! The girl in the picture can say what she wants but the pics are posted because she KNOWS she looks bloody PERFECT and she wants to read this praise. Would that same husband put the pics if she was wobbly jobbly like the rest of us women? NO! It really saddenns me that the message of these pics are if you are in alignment with the Universe and find balance that you will look like this. These pics are dehumanizing us OTHERS, us "MERE MORTALS". Because I can sure as hell have balance and still have wobbly fat. I ma proud of my fat. I am BLOODY HUMAN!

    • Yemshik says:

      See what you see! For me a male heterosexual, 500 Hatha and Astanga teacher, they were beautiful, and well done, and well executed, and yes in the spiritual realm. For others, anything is possible based on your state of mind. Put it in the gutter, or elevate it to pure beauty in motion.

    • Dean Miller says:

      We were born naked. Was that sexual?

    • Scarlette says:

      I understand what you mean Danielle. The photos are beautiful and natural – to people who have a healthy view of yoga and the human body. However these are not the only eyes who will see these photos. It is unfortunate that the majority of men will indeed sexualize these images. There is a constant fight to maintain the spiritual meaning to yoga and photos like this only add fuel to the "guess what, I'm dating a yoga instructor" mentality. Either way, art is art… And this is indeed a wonderful expression of creativity.

      • Cary says:

        I'm disappointed that you make such a cynical generalization about men. I am a very easily aroused man, yet I do not find anything but beauty, grace, strength, and natural healthy spirituality in the images. I have found that it is nothing but my own projection when I get into the presumptuous business of what "other people are thinking."

    • dagney says:

      even a hyper-sexual lesbian like myself finds these images inspiring and beautiful, and not sexual at all. guess the problem is within you…

    • G Money says:

      She's an internet porn star…she's used to being sexually exploited. 😉 (look her up, you'll see)

    • Meg says:

      Just because someone is naked doesn't mean it's sexual. if anything the nudity exposes the vulnerability that yoga opens you up to

  9. courtney says:

    Beautiful in every aspect. Such powerful, feminine strength. Gorgeous photos, stunning subject. Thank you for sharing.

  10. catnipkiss says:

    beautiful photos and lighting. And that is some awesome, strong yoga!

  11. RobN says:

    Man oh man, if I could hit most of these poses, my golf game would be out of this world! Takes a lot of strength and flexibility to accomplish this. Respect!

  12. Catherine says:

    Both She, the asanas and the pictures are beautiful beyond words. All speak for themselves as an act of art and devotion.

  13. I also couldn’t agree more. I’m tallish and skinny and have been bullied for my weight. Been called anorexic and told to eat a sandwich. I’m really over the new trend of “real women have curves”. For this new term curves are fat, and you are absolutely right it’s marginalizing unhealthy behavior by skinny shaming others. Obesity is no more healthy than anorexia, and neither one needs to be shamed. If someone really has an unhealthy eating disorder they should be supported to recover. As long as you’re healthy then it doesn’t matter if you have fat or if you don’t or if you have curves or are thin. We are all real women. And “real” women should shame one another for any reason.

  14. I also couldn’t agree more. I’m tallish and skinny and have been bullied for my weight. Been called anorexic and told to eat a sandwich. I’m really over the new trend of “real women have curves”. For this new term curves are fat, and you are absolutely right it’s marginalizing unhealthy behavior by skinny shaming others. Obesity is no more healthy than anorexia, and neither one needs to be shamed. If someone really has an unhealthy eating disorder they should be supported to recover. As long as you’re healthy then it doesn’t matter if you have fat or if you don’t or if you have curves or are thin. We are all real women. And “real” women should shame one another for any reason.

    • Annabell says:

      I couldn't agree more. I am also tall and thin and have experienced judgement. I don't like the whole strong is the new sexy mindset or "skinny doesn't mean healthy" that I see so often on women empowerment sites. I work very hard and eat well to maintain a strong, healthy body and don't enjoy being judged because I lack fat. We are all beautiful, thin or not.

      • cmpaterson says:

        everyone's a judge! you're right. it's an ectomorph body type. nothing wrong with that. it's healthy.

    • Keepfit says:

      I could not agree more. Woman are bashed from every angle, and it's by woman. If you watch what you eat, and work out = superficial. Eat unhealthy and don't exercise = a REAL person not concerned with the superficial aspects of life. I recently lost weight and had a friend say that I starve myself, when I actually work my arse off in the gym and am mindful of what I eat.
      A real woman is one that is content within herself, and therefore, doesn't feel the need to hate on others.

      • creatrixsblood says:

        I don't think it's fair to say that the bashing is entirely perpetrated by women on women. Most of the bullying I receive regarding my weight comes from men. I am not denying that woman on woman bashing happens, but men certainly partake as well, and the media cabal contributes to the whole mess.
        We are all real people. Stop making statements implying that some of us are not. Some of us are content, some of us happen to examine our motives more closely than others; but regardless of whether or not, these things describe you, it does not diminish your personhood or make your identity any less "real."

  15. In general, Peter Hegre produces soft and occasionally hard porn. The pornographing of yoga does need to stop. Show me a slideshow of a mid 30's mother of two instead. Then it can qualify as not explicitly sex based.

    Regarless, Luba's form is FANTASTIC. Some of those asanas are done with absolute perfection. Her form would be just as remarkable clothed. Kudos to her.

    • BirdznBees says:

      What? I'm a 34 year old mother, are you saying that you would A) be able to tell that from my naked yoga poses and/or B) that photos of me doing so would not provoke a sexual response? A 30 something year old mom who does yoga can't be sexy? Wow. Clearly, you haven't got a whole lot of experience with mothers. That's a lousy, stereotype-based response. I know some super hot moms. Grow up.

    • Al-Fred says:

      You do realize that Luba is in her 30's, and Peter and her are the parents of two children… Or were you just being sarcastic with that comment.

    • Missydo says:

      But she is a mother! She has a son couple of years old, and so that goes to show that it is possible to look like you never had kids by practising yoga perhaps? 🙂

  16. CynthiaCA says:

    These are powerful, beautiful images. If I could pass on just one thought it would be that the absence of normal pubic hair is unsettling. As a midwife, ecofeminist and abuse counselor I am disturbed by the trend to infantilize adult women's genitals.

    • Claire says:

      Yes! I was very disturbed by the absence of hair.

      • Alexandria Morales says:

        I noticed that too! I appreciate the beauty of the pictures and seeing the human body in a athletic, nude, non-sexual manner, but I found that a slight irony. Pubic hair is the physical symbol of maturity. Obviously, this woman has it in her practice and discipline. Why should her body not show it?

        • Jon says:

          Maybe she prefers her bush shaved, as many women do, and its as simple as that.

          • katkahma says:

            the nearly nude "wax" is a trend that comes from the porn industry in order to see penetration shots better – unfortunately this woman, as have countless others, followed along. Not only is it unsightly and unsettling – it is also extremely unhealthy causing all kinds of irritation and infection as well as being
            ridiculously expensive for women to maintain – another way to say we are "unclean" in our natural state. Very different from a little "trimming" that men do with their beards!

          • loki says:

            "comes from the porn industry in order to see penetration shots better" you have no clue… a "little trimming" as you said is perfectly fine for camera shots. Ask yourself: "why do some mens shave their beards?" Because they think it looks better? Because their wife or kids like it? Because it's requested for their job? Because they find a beard unclean? At the end of the day, it's up to them…

          • linda says:

            have you ever shaved your bush? wondering where you get your expertise…perhaps an extensive survey of women's bush-shaving habits?

          • Jim says:

            The fact that many women shave is proof enough of Jon's statement. Many women do prefer it shaved, I've had plenty tell me that they preferred it, and why do you make your question sound as if you know he hasn't shaved his? Plenty of men do, I used to, originally at a girlfriends request, and then out of habit. I also used to shave my chest. Oh, the terror.

            It baffles me what people can actually be upset about. People are into grooming nowadays. Big freaking deal.

          • creatrixsblood says:

            I think most of it is a scheme to sell razors (among other beauty products) and people are suggestible. Many of us really believe that we aren't good enough as we naturally are and have to buy certain things in order to become more attractive.

            Also… Some people prefer to wear high heels, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have ill effects.

    • Lynn says:

      It is a myth that women shave or wax their public hair in response to "the trend to infantilize adult women's genitals". I get a full Brazilian wax every 4 or 5 weeks because I LIKE IT. It is not expensive and requires minimal care (exfoliating to prevent ingrown hairs for the most part). Public hair is damn hot and I find being bare far more comfortable. It is insulting to both men and women to assume women shave and wax because we want to look like a little girl when naked or that our sexual partners want us to look like little girls. My naked genitalia no more resembles my daughter's than my son's resembles his father's except in the most general sense. And attributing bare genitalia to the porn industry? OMG, really? It's called a Brazilian for a reason!!

      • cmpaterson says:

        i agree. simple. she prefers it, and it's a major trend now, mostly having to do with bikini lines and just personal preference. since she is clearly a grown woman, i see absolutely nothing wrong with it. she also shaves her underarms. grooming. personal choice.

        • cmpaterson says:

          actually what i do find extremely unsettling is to find this 'infantilizing.' that is so crazy far from the intention of this woman, i can assure that without even knowing her!

      • Courtney says:

        obviously the idea that it infantilizes adult women's genitals is kept out of their mind because likely they thought that the first person that went down there, even to touch, would be grossed out by hair. It goes full circle. Girls are brought up thinking its abnormal not to shave. To have that thinking and accept the fact that it does remove genetic signs of maturity can be tough,but it doesn't make it any less true.

    • dagney says:

      what gives you the right to critique her choice in body hair. honestly!…

    • Kate says:

      My thoughts exactly…turns out she is a pornstar….makes sense now doesn't it.

    • Courtney says:

      Shaving hurts and leaves bumps, ingrown hairs or just an all over itch. Women shave because from the time they hit puberty Their mother tight them it was
      'what a lady should do" or the guys in their grade had already watched porn and made it very clear how disgusting and abnormal body hair is on a women. This creates self esteem issues directly linked to someones sexuality. Now one of the top plastic surgeries done on women is labia reduction because when you don't have hair your lips are bound to stick out a little more then if you didn't. Which is also a craze created in part by porn and in part through our culture regime which promotes sexism.

  17. Tweedy says:

    Absolutely lovely.

  18. Allison says:

    These are incredibly beautiful photos, and frankly amazing art.

  19. Sara says:

    I agree with the no pubic hair unsettling, also kind of odd to put a renowned erotic

    Photographers photos with the main attention grabbing headline YOGA. I’m sure there are plenty of women who have been photographed with minimal clothing on who have the same form..

  20. Nudd Keyo says:

    She has a perfect body. I love her photos.

  21. @chris072154 says:

    wow, she has amazing form…just coming from class myself, i have great respect for what it takes to hold and maintain the poses…just amazing. thanks for sharing.

  22. gaby says:

    Thank you

  23. jennymahita says:

    So very very lovely ~ thank you

  24. Kelly says:

    Very beautiful photo's and for me very helpful in seeing alignment. At home when I am having trouble with a pose I will often experiment with it naked to better understand it. So these are not only very beautiful photos but very helpful. Could be good to see similar photo's of a man for the same reason.

  25. Dave says:

    Such strength, balance, poise, and strong lines. Thanks for sharing such beauty.

  26. Terri says:

    Simply beautiful.

  27. sharon says:

    Absolutely beautiful…a tribute to women and yoga

  28. Karen says:

    Amazing…. I'm in absolute awe. I wish I could do half of these yoga positions. I've been doing yoga a few years & I know the strength & balance that is required to do them. Must have taken years of dedication and practice to achieve this and to look this amazing. Beautiful toned healthy strong body. A true inspiration…..

  29. tamara says:

    Beautiful,strong healthy human being.

  30. Sped Norval says:

    Nice labia:)

  31. Carrisa says:

    She is BEAUTIFUL!! as a teacher I wish her form was a wee bit better in Feathered Peacock, Fish, and Camel… but her body is amazingly gorgeous!! Stunning photography!

  32. The article accompanying this is perfectly done, because I didn't read it until after viewing the photographs—and the thought about her weight never concerned me.

    I wanted to roll her shoulder heads back in her updog and encourage her to bring her hips more forward over her knees in camel pose, and tell her how gorgeous she looked—but thinking she was too thin never crossed my mind.

    Well done.

  33. Darrel says:

    Very nice display of the different muscles worked while doing yoga.

  34. Sam says:

    Sexualised? Upset at pubic hair decisions? Just needed something to criticize I guess…. ?I’m a female struggling with a changing aging body and I was in awe of these pictures. Clearly the commitment and dedication has paid off and her not looking at the camera or pulling sexy eye faces allows you to admire each different pose without any sexual distraction. We came into the world butt naked and we become so ashamed and shy of our bodies. This is brave and beautiful and promotes nothing beyond a healthy attitude and praise to the female body which these days is praised for all the wrong reasons and in wrong ways..
    There’s something additionally beautiful about her husband as the photographer. He’s clearly proud of his partner and she’s probably a confident strong woman and partner in return. Thank you for sharing and good Luck to you.

  35. mychael says:

    Artistic , professional , inspirational . But also would be nice to see other body types that aspire to yoga , male & female .Namaste .

  36. Guest says:

    It reminds me of Hillary Clinton in an interview being asked about who designs her clothes… she inquired if they would have asked a man that…. in this case we can ask would this have been written if they weren't nude?

    The questions raised are not bad questions – it's about what motivates them now instead of for all genders all people at all times.

  37. laportama says:

    A remarkalbe spectrum of responses.
    I do my best at PRATYAHARA in class or I'd fall on my head; yoga makes one beautiful through "chittavritti nirodha". It comes from within.
    Personally, I'd rather look at her than me, unless you're into Buddha or Swami Nityananda as good examples.
    Yoga makes me strong in a non-compteitive way.
    And remember, the ASANAs are only one spoke of the wheel — or ladder — of the ash-tanga.
    Thank you; Spaciba. Padjaulsta.

  38. Sasha says:

    The photos are beautiful and I respect your alignment and posture integrity. Truly great! But I think, as yogis trying reach out to a general demographic with an intention of healing knowledge, we need to express and display that being a yogi does not necessarily mean, "you have no fat on your body." I think that this site needs more diversity in body-types because I love all the articles and what it stands for, but it is exclusive in terms of the body-image it represents.

  39. karen katz says:

    I'm also an aging yogini, and I thought she was gorgeous-enjoyed seeing her beautiful body and practice.
    I was also a little sad about the lack of pubic hair-it is glorious stuff, and I wish women wouldn't shave it off.

  40. Tracy says:

    There are 1001 super-yogi-esque things I could say, like "You can't really photograph yoga", "I see where she is off in form", or something about the sexualization of a "pure" thing, and so on and so forth. Really only two things come to mind:

    Nudity is not sexualization. Sexualization is sexualization.

    I wonder how many of the comments would have been different had the model been male?

  41. Melva says:

    Beautiful art form & the perfection of the poses is amazing. Thank you for sharing with us. To the comment regarding her weight, I do not see her as anorexic. Her control of her body & the poses makes you envy her executing all so perfectly. She has a lot to be proud of weight, skills , beauty & confidence..

  42. Ciara says:

    Now this… absolutely astonishing. Beauty at its finest. There is such beauty and truth and good pure energy in these photos. Nice. Very nice.

  43. Eric says:

    Beautiful inside and out!

  44. seekeryogi says:

    Wow, yet another naked yogini. I wanna know, though: where are postings of naked yoga dudes with shaved pubes?!

  45. Lena says:

    This is truly a work of art. The angles, lightning, poses and expression in each photo arle wonderful! The honesty, truth and strength of the shots are remarkable.

  46. david says:

    would you only want to see the leaves

    on a flower? this answer is for smone who askd tht……my friend flower withot leaves neva look beautiful…

  47. Patricia says:

    Beautiful and instructional

  48. Naren says:

    About yoga really good awareness for everybody. she is very beautiful thanks to her. can you give me full copy with one link that I can download.

  49. Dave Glade says:

    Yup, the girls in my house have been doing this for a long while. Now, because I have seen beauty and power via these photos, I can't not start YOGA. I'm IN. I WILL begin.

    I agree, Terri: "Simply beautiful."

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