(Tasteful) Nude Yoga.

Via elephant journal
on Oct 19, 2010
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While we would nevvvver post anything about nudity for the sake of nudity, we couldn’t help but pass along these not-at-all-lascivious, artistic, inspiringly beautiful images by Hegre of yoga…by someone who appears to actually practice yoga.

To see them full size, click here.


> On the other hand, Playboy Yoga. (Now We’ve Seen Everything)

A Response to: “Naked Yoga. {Photos of Model, shot by Husband}”.


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32 Responses to “(Tasteful) Nude Yoga.”

  1. YogiOne/Scott says:

    Lets see some nude Buddhist nuns next. Maybe Petter Hegre, the "tasteful" pornographer has some tasteful speads on them too.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    I'll leave that blog to you–since you have the inspiration–good call!

  3. YogiOne says:

    Or maybe yourself with a Dirty Sanchez. That should get some page hits too. Or maybe your Mom could pose for some shots like these, since they are so tasteful an all, surely you would be proud to show her in this tasteful manner. Got a sister or daughter? Maybe they could pose naked together doing some tasteful partner yoga.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Scott, seems to me you come from good puritan stock. Have you ever been in a museum? Bet you hated all those nudes.

    Look, without fighting, I thought personally that these were beautiful without being crude. We've done many features on the male figure, as well. This model or yoga practitioner, above, knows her asanas—great alignment—there's nothing in this, at least from my point of view, that seemed pornographic.

    And, btw, thanks for bringing my Mom up—she actually posed as an art model when she was young. And I'm sure she was lovely, and tastefully so, and I don't resent her for it. Now you can go back to not talking about my mom. Thanks as always for your comments.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Thanks to you both.

    I was raised by a good, strong momma, and she sits on one of my editorial shoulders at all times…for that I'm grateful. I was raised to respect and appreciate the Feminine Principle, as we term it in Buddhism! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2008/03/dr-judith/

    Again, I thought this was beautiful, much as many nudes are in museum-quality paintings.

  6. YogiOne/Scott says:


    The art that held me in thrall last summer in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was very much on my mind as I wrote about the porn you posted. The truth is that Petter Hegre is just a pornographer and this yoga porn debases yoga to drive traffic to his porn site. So, yes, I do know the difference between porn and art. I also know the difference between yoga and someone who debases yoga to drive traffic to his website. I'll be off doing yoga. So long.

  7. Was just looking at the model menu at Hegre's site–and saw there are one line descriptions under each picture. Could there be a clue here as to the nature of the nature of the site? (Yogic? Artistic? Pornographic?)?

    Geisha doll
    Bad girl
    Pretty and perky
    Young bundle of fun
    Feminine and feline
    Hot blooded cowgirl
    Blonde party girl
    Mysterious coquette
    Toned to perfection
    Sensual sensation
    Luscious Latina
    Wild little firecracker
    French geisha
    Flexi and sexy
    Exoitc and erotic
    Tough talking tease
    Innocent temptress
    Dominant and sexy
    Teenage promise
    Playgirl supermodel
    Martini girl

    Hmmm…not looking too good on the yogic front…but wait:
    Priestess of Tantra
    Divine Indian goddess
    Chaste and clean
    Seriously foxy

    …okay, maybe not…

  8. jh00mer says:

    Not crazy about the site the photos were on. But the photos themselves were fine.

  9. elephantjournal says:

    Sorry to have upset you.

  10. rachel says:

    yeah, i really think you have to think about the context of the society that you are in, before you print these photos, maybe you and she did mean them as art, and they were printed on the site they were printed on as beauty, however, many folks are just going to be laviscious, while at the lower end of things there may necessarily be nothing wrong with this, is it the sort of thing you want to be promoting, even iadvertanltly – i think you need to consider the consquences more, and more deeply, while i agree with the basic proposal naked bodies equal beauty, why isnt this model fat for example? not sure – it just seems there is something subltly out of alignment with the good, the true and the beautful here, maybe not tho

  11. Karen6 says:

    nice study of anatomy of the female form in various asanas. can't help but wonder why the shaved/absent pubic hair, was that the photographers idea? makes her look like less womanly and more childish.

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  14. kristopher says:

    Beautiful photos. Great photographer. Great yogi.

  15. elephantjournal says:

    Stephen Barrera ‎…people like anything naked… Europe does the naked news… Focus on the external is contrary to yoga, wich be definition is about going beyond body consciousness. Loving to be healthy and feel good is great…and if u want to be naked, super…but its not yoga. Pluh-eeze… The mysics of the world left a living legacy for all sincere truth seekers…and being sexy is not part of dicipline ive seen…lol

    elephantjournal.com Prudery isn't, either. Sex and all energies can be part of the spiritual path—in fact, they must be. Cheers. ~ Waylon.

    Stephen Barrera R u serious? Thats the most novice mentality…it is a crutial part, in that it must be redirected…the inner worship of Ganesh, is gagthering our multifarious energies, to transcend body consciousness…not enforce it.

    Carole Ross That's hardly prudery. It's refraining from indulging. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. That's not what it's all about. To me it looks like art, not yoga.

    elephantjournal.com Well, it is art—just as the various yoga photographers' photos on elephant is art. Yoga is practice, breath, intention…taking photos of that practice is art. Not sure of your problem, here, Carole. As for indulging, I thought it was beautiful and tasteful, but each to her own. ~ Way.

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  17. Dea says:

    oh, look! A young, slim and attractive woman in nude yoga poses. Who wouldn't want to see that?

  18. Don Henderson says:

    I think the arguement of the human body as art is lost on most….

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  20. Carolyn says:

    It's too much, too often and yet it seems to be what most people want to see. there's no article here. The poses are beautiful, the photography is very tasteful….but this piece is longing for more.

  21. elephantjournal says:

    Write it, I'll add it in!

  22. elephantjournal says:

    We get just as much, if not more of a fervent reception when we post this: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/02/rockstar-y… Actually, to be exactly, three or four times more!

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  24. Hereward says:

    It’s great to see how narrow minded and judgemental some people… when something doesn’t tick the box of what they think it should be! Good to see the practice working!

  25. The fully shaved thing seems to be a trend among many women whom never pose for pictures or anything like that. Some women seem to think it's sexy or something. And yet, the only one whom knows she's shaved is their lover(s). … I've known a couple of women myself whom thought that way, and friends tell me they've been seeing it too. Maybe it's lke wearing lingerie no one will ever see? …

    I'll reserve my personal comment on all THAT for another time though. But I will say I don't consider shaving down there a necessity.

    RE: "makes her look like less womanly and more childish."

    I don't see that AT ALL. As a man, though, I do wonder about the attraction factors some males have for a shaved pubic area, and I think it might have something to do with a sense of more access??? Maybe pubic hair is perceived subconsciously as a barrier? So if a woman shaves down there, maybe he feels she's more receptive to him? … We can get into a LOT of psychology there. … And, obviously, it feels quite different to the touch. Some people prefer the smooth feel, some, maybe not? Personal preferences trump any generalizations anyone might venture about anyone else.

    And I might say I was involved with one woman who wanted her man (me) to shave ALL body hair. And I assure you I was not posing for any photos. I did NOT do that. She also wanted me to go vegan. She and I are history. Nothing against vegans, though.

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  27. James says:

    E.J., this “guy,” Scott is a total jerk! If I were you, I’d block him from commenting on that page – & all your other pages, too!! I think that you should be proud of your mom for modeling when she was younger! I know I would be! But as far as him saying all that abouto your sister & daughter, I would NEVER take any cracks like that!! Report him to AOL Or the site you are on. Maybe they can block him from getting onto it.

  28. marina says:

    she has no hair anywhere, even her head hair is cut short. real women would no go nude like this, she'd leave a room for wonder

  29. I do find nude yoga more energizing and mostly sensational. It's good to be practicing naked yoga and get to be more flexible than ever.

  30. Anyone who does nude yoga must have enjoyed it very much as much as I do.

  31. Jesica says:

    Okay, I have to pipe in here, because I see all these judgemental comments and it kind of makes my soul a little sad. First, why judge? It brings unease to a person, it portrays negativity out of your life, therefore bringing that negativity and judgement into your life. Second, as nature would have it, we are one with earth and everyone in it. The best feelings I get, are when I am naked moving as my body feels necessary. I love not wearing shoes, I love not wearing any makeup, I love not wearing anything period! It is beautiful, it is freeing, and it is connecting. I couldn't care less, about the hair, or lack there of this lady has, she is doing what she feels necessary for herself, in that very moment! Bravo! It does look beautiful! Her asanas are beautiful, and she clearly has been practicing (only able to see the asanas) since she is able to get into lotus – that takes a patience and consistency! Love! If you have nothing nice to say, do yourself a favor (trust me, this is the first step to helping your life be happier and more loving) type your mean comments, and then delete it or leave the page 🙂 LOVE IS LOUDER!!