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 (imgur.com)

Beware:

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).

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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.
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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.”
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Why I Teach Naked Yoga.

 

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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).

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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

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anonymous Apr 11, 2016 3:55pm

Amazing and very professional work

anonymous Oct 22, 2015 8:29am

Beautiful form!

anonymous Sep 14, 2015 8:07pm

So very, very beautiful. What an inspiration. Artistic. Gorgeous body, poses and photography.love them♡

anonymous Aug 12, 2015 11:26pm

she is a model from the porn site called hegre art, this is porn.

anonymous Jul 10, 2015 10:27pm

Great photos , nice spirit !

anonymous Jul 6, 2015 6:50pm

I'm shocked and disappointed by the comments left on Reddit. I would, however, like to say she is amazingly supple and obviously is confident in her ability. And quite frankly te confidence is far more beautiful than her body which is amazing as well.

anonymous Jul 5, 2015 7:49pm

It's not yoga in a natural state if she has no pubic hair. I do not think she would feel as comfortable or "free" in her natural state either, which, is a great representation of the freedom we all think we feel in the US.
Especially if she is a porn star. She was probably told people paid more for a smooth shaven girl and wouldn't watch or pay to watch if she wasn't. It is bred into our culture and it's stupid and unnecessary. Keeping a smooth surface was part of the work that went into her career though.
To call these pictures yoga in the most natural state is just ridiculous. Consider how much time she took just to make her vagina appear a certain way for the viewers or for her self esteem while taking the photos. The difference between these photos and photos of a yogi wearing clothes does not exist. She is in fact showing that even without clothing I am not in a free and natural state of being. By not wearing clothes and shaving she is showing the discipline and lack of free will even more so.Self esteem, cultural upbringing and even the thoughts of one person whom you find influential can take the freedom of the natural you away. Making these photos just another media scheme to make women feel bad about the natural state of their own bodies especially their pussy. Or the photographer asked her to shave ending in the same result.

anonymous Jun 22, 2015 4:37am

Beautiful photos!

anonymous Jun 21, 2015 11:09pm

Simply beautiful.Balance.poise and every move is done with perfection.

anonymous Jun 21, 2015 6:25pm

I think it’s stupid and sexist that you seem to be qualifying this nude shoot by making it a point that the photos are shot by her husband. Who cares? It’s her body, why does it need to be legitimized by her relationship to the person who shot the pictures? And why the fixation on her lack of pubic hair? Sexist nonsense. Just appreciate the photos for their quality.

anonymous Jun 21, 2015 7:11am

Just saw her on a porn site after reading that comment about her. Doesn't change her postures and how flexible and strong she is. Porn stars are flexible, strong and photographed by their hubbies too right?

anonymous Jun 21, 2015 7:09am

New here and I am puzzled about the excessive attention given to the fact this young lady has no pubic hair. I’m not surprised about the posts coming from women, because we all know women don’t like each other and will find something to criticize about another woman. As for the men complaining about the lack of pubic hair, either they do not perform oral sex or have not realized that pubic hair retains odors and is less hygienic.

anonymous Jun 21, 2015 5:57am

So a porn actress can’t be seen as anything other than that? I didn’t know who she was before I saw the pics and I still don’t (and no I’m not a prude- ahem), but I still find the photos very moving and beautiful and I’m actually quite amazed by the way way the body forms in the positions. You don’t think about it when bodies are clothed- to see it like this is actually quite humbling.

So all those fussing over public hair, nipples and hip bones be quiet and get yourself a dose of humility that somebody shared their body intimately with you and be inspired rather than envious. I know I am!

anonymous Apr 19, 2015 12:30pm

The pornification of yoga….literally. Luba is an internet porn star, not a "nude model" — look her up, you'll find many more photos of her, in many more "poses"

anonymous Apr 19, 2015 4:37am

dont really get how getting naked on the internet for a bunch of people is so spiritually freeing. i've seen this with many celebrities–their answers to ridicules of sorts seem to be getting naked for all the net to see. don't really see notable men doing that. i think these images would be just as beautiful with her in a sports bra and spandex or something.

or maybe dudes should get naked for us more often too. where is the naked man yoga? link me if you know of anything like that. 🙂

anonymous Apr 19, 2015 4:06am

Of course she looks good nude…. she is a porn star after all.

anonymous Apr 18, 2015 9:24pm

She’s incredibly beautiful !,

anonymous Apr 18, 2015 7:53pm

This comment is in response to the interview with Sadie Nardini – the new editor-in-chief at Yoga Journal. I’m a skinny blonde white girl that teaches yoga. I’m wondering if the skinny blonde bit makes me unauthentic. A bogus and fake because of my body size and colouring. It is like a form of racism against skinny white girls. I eat meat, I drink scotch, I love heavy metal music. I don’t drink juices and smoothies and i’ve never eaten kale. But i’m very healthy. I am just an individual as I’m sure every skinny blonde white girl is. Sadie you look like a skinny blonde chick yourself – just with a punk hairdo (which i love). If I go and get my hair cut and coloured this week will I suddenly be authentic! Anyway, I think Juicy and curvy is always attractive – it will always sell. Skinny blondes will always sell. Punk hair-dos and funky styles will always sell. But what if you put someone dead set ugly on your front cover. Will that sell? Is that authentic? Oh and ps – vegetarian and vegans are awesome!

anonymous Mar 23, 2015 12:46am

Great sensual pictures. I´m in loving with nude yoga für myself and want to share it to many other humans.

anonymous Jan 11, 2015 8:14am

Petter may have taken the pics – doubt she is his husband. She looks like all the others in his shoots. Some even look a lot younger.
http://www.ihegre.com/

anonymous Jan 10, 2015 9:56pm

I just don’t understand what this has to do with yoga?

anonymous Jan 9, 2015 8:21pm

Just gorgeous and inspiring.

anonymous Dec 4, 2014 3:17am

for me…very disturbing that there’s no pubic hair…what’s up with that?

anonymous Nov 17, 2014 2:14am

On a lot of photos asanas dont even have the proper alighnment but hey, at least she had a chance to show her nipples. forget about yoga.

    anonymous Jul 6, 2015 12:09pm

    i was thinking the same thing. Ustrasana was especially bad. But hey, flexible people can do yoga, cause isn’t that all it is!?

anonymous Nov 10, 2014 9:01pm

this is simply beautiful n divine. there is no vulgarity

anonymous Oct 12, 2014 7:09pm

Absolutely beautiful!!!! All forms should be celebrated

anonymous Oct 12, 2014 12:00pm

Why is this titled “photos of model, shot by husband” ? Does that make it easier for people to swallow. Omg, a women posed nude. Ha! How many women would enjoy posing nude? Maybe? Celebrating your body, no matter what it looks like. How many women would like that?

anonymous Oct 10, 2014 6:08pm

I can't get my head around the lack of pubic hair- it makes a fully bloomed woman look like a little girl. I know it's fashionable and anyone can do as they please with their own bush, but EW! Otherwise, she's obviously very beautiful and her husband is aware that naked photos of her doing just about anything would be consumed eagerly by a mass audience.

anonymous Sep 4, 2014 7:31pm

Perfect body – makes me kind of hate my own and want to not eat for another three days and get a wax :p but impressive nonetheless. Though I’m not quite sure what the point is other than to show off how gorgeous, flexible and great at yoga she is? I guess maybe that’s point enough for some.

anonymous Aug 28, 2014 3:53pm

Just came across these as I'm new to Elephant Journal. I enjoyed these photos aesthetically and thought they were quite beautiful. They would make nice silhouette photographs with the same effect. One thing, I wonder if the objections to the sexuality of the photos would not be in question if the model had not altered her pubic hair. Pornography has been the driving force behind pubic hair extinction in America, for better or worse depending on your sexual preferences. I would not consider these photos pornographic but hair removal in pornography serves two main purposes. The first is to infantilize a woman making her appear pre-pubescent, which these photos are clearly not doing. However, the second purpose is to increase the amount of voyeurism allowed by a viewer of the material, giving a closer more intimate look at the details of the genitals which can increase the pleasure of some viewers. These photos may be guilty of that as there will be viewers who become aroused at some of the details of genatalia depicted here. I personally do not find the photos sexually arousing and I think they are great. However, if the model had full pubic hair we may have gotten more pose options and there may have been something more natural about it.

anonymous Jul 23, 2014 7:33am

beautiful body, and great photos..you can tell she is discipline, very nice work!! I wish I could be that flexible

anonymous Jul 20, 2014 1:26am

She's done internet porn for years. Luba

anonymous Mar 23, 2014 11:09am

beautiful

anonymous Mar 23, 2014 1:54am

Tasteful, natural, strong, powerful, beautiful…

anonymous Mar 19, 2014 1:13pm

Loved these. Wonderful way to see the human form. Inspiring, to say the least.

anonymous Feb 21, 2014 2:22pm

her lack of pubic hair is just creepy and given that this trend has come directly from the porn industry makes it just a horrid juxtaposition against the beauty of yoga. These photos should have been kept private, if taken at all – what's the point?

    anonymous Jul 6, 2015 12:02pm

    I agree. Her bald pubic mount is weird. And her ustrasana was not good alignments. Lotus and bound lotus were lovely. Just grow some hair on your private parts lady.

      anonymous Jul 10, 2015 3:35pm

      Her body…her choice! She is beautiful as is, and it has nothing to do with porn.

    anonymous Jul 10, 2015 1:53pm

    I absolutely agree with you. Seen those ESPN naked sportsmen the other day also. Naked ballerinas. Please, people, I would love somebody to answer me what is the bloody point?? Is sport not enough anymore? Is ballet not enough anymore? Is yoga not enough anymore? Sad, sad, sad people and I am sad for their sad marriage.

anonymous Feb 16, 2014 11:39am

I wish I wud be a part of this nude yoga

anonymous Feb 10, 2014 8:05am

she is lovely

anonymous Jan 26, 2014 11:41am

Yes, there is a lot of beauty in her asanas. She obviously had a very regular and strong practice and that takes hard work and dedication. Also, to achieve the level of flexibility that she portrays in these photos shoes that she is a very able-bodied person. When I did not suffer from chronic pain and could practice daily or even for the majority of my week, I looked a lot like her. A lot of people are commenting about her weight. A lot of people are saying that this is what healthy looks like and I have to disagree. The bones above her breasts that protrude and the level that her hip bones rise up, portray an image of someone who is most def underweight especially for her height. However I do not believe this takes Way the beauty of her photos. It actually would probably mean more if she actually spoke about her own weight and was honest about how it feels to be in her skin.

anonymous Jan 26, 2014 11:07am

That's incredible what you can do with your body. I'm a senior and it's incredible

anonymous Jan 25, 2014 10:08am

I find these images to be beautiful. I don't know why naked has to mean sexual to so many people. naked isn't sex. my response was very pure. they were done very tasteful. there are occasion when Iv seen naked artistic photos and there is definitely a sexual tone to them but these I didn't get any at all.

as far as the comments to her being shaved. why is that an issue? women shave their armpit, legs, toes and we pluck occasional hairs from our breast and even our face. what is the big deal if we also do it in our private region? there's a stigma that its a sexual thing but it can be more than just that. it can also just make you feel more clean. to me this should just be personal preference.

I can honestly say in my opinion I think if she had hair in these photos it would have given it a more sexual tone. but by not having the hair I didn't feel a sexual tone at all. they were very artistic. not even her breast stood out.

I seriously don't understand anyone making comments on her weight. people need to let that go. our society has such major issues when it comes to criticizing peoples bodies.

anonymous Jan 21, 2014 5:44pm

Absolutely beautiful. I wished I was that flexible.

anonymous Jan 19, 2014 10:04am

JEST PANI BOSKA!!! Wielki ukłon w Pni stronę! Piękne ciało.

anonymous Jan 16, 2014 2:51pm

Absolutely stunning in every way. Inspirational. Beautiful posture. Beautiful all around, artistically, lighting, subject, composition…thank you for sharing. It takes some real courage and I admire you immensely.

anonymous Jan 15, 2014 3:59pm

Tolle Photos, wahnsinns Körperbeherrschung. Toll anzuschauen. Respekt
Best regards from Germany

anonymous Jan 12, 2014 6:23pm

the alignment was exquisite. The depth and tone of each asana was definitely captured. It did look like the elbows were slightly hyperextended in adho muhka svanasana but it also could just be the lighting and camera angle. But wow- graceful and beautiful

anonymous Jan 10, 2014 6:59pm

great set of photos, artfully done.

anonymous Jan 4, 2014 11:46pm

Strength, balance, flexibility, yes she does have those; the tact of the photos I will also not deny, but it makes me quite jealous I am not (and will probably never be) able to achieve this myself.

anonymous Jan 1, 2014 7:49pm

As I love doing yoga, I do agree with Danielle as this does and will continue to feed the perverts that may find this site. She is beautiful but should be kept to the viewing of her husband, she may not even have wanted to have them posted as they were. Question, was she in agreement in posting this?

anonymous Dec 31, 2013 9:46pm

Loved every bit

anonymous Dec 30, 2013 1:00pm

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."

anonymous Dec 30, 2013 6:07am

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.

anonymous Dec 29, 2013 9:24pm

Beautiful and instructional

anonymous Dec 26, 2013 6:55pm

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…

anonymous Dec 24, 2013 5:03pm

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.

anonymous Dec 21, 2013 2:24pm

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

anonymous Dec 21, 2013 11:40am

Beautiful inside and out!

anonymous Dec 19, 2013 3:01pm

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

anonymous Dec 16, 2013 10:48pm

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..

anonymous Dec 15, 2013 8:09am

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?

    anonymous Jan 20, 2014 5:36am

    I think something to consider is — where are all of the articles displaying nude male yoga? I have seen probably 20 articles with nude yoginis. What does it say about our culture that we are only interested in viewing the naked human body in its feminine form?

anonymous Dec 11, 2013 11:53am

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.

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 1:11am

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.

anonymous Dec 4, 2013 5:23pm

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.

anonymous Dec 3, 2013 12:28pm

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.

anonymous Dec 1, 2013 3:09am

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

anonymous Nov 29, 2013 2:57pm

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.

anonymous Nov 29, 2013 10:37am

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

anonymous Nov 28, 2013 6:33am

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.

anonymous Nov 26, 2013 10:10pm

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!

anonymous Nov 26, 2013 9:33pm

Nice labia:)

anonymous Nov 26, 2013 6:55pm

namaste

anonymous Nov 26, 2013 5:58pm

Beautiful,strong healthy human being.

anonymous Nov 26, 2013 11:00am

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…..

    anonymous Dec 4, 2013 8:16pm

    Some day, perhpas, soon, when you're ready! Enjoy!

anonymous Nov 26, 2013 4:15am

Absolutely beautiful…a tribute to women and yoga

anonymous Nov 26, 2013 1:00am

Simply beautiful.

anonymous Nov 25, 2013 8:17pm

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

anonymous Nov 25, 2013 8:42am

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.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 10:33pm

So very very lovely ~ thank you

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 10:03pm

Thank you

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 8:56pm

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.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 8:16pm

She has a perfect body. I love her photos.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 8:13pm

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..

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 7:28pm

These are incredibly beautiful photos, and frankly amazing art.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 3:20pm

Absolutely lovely.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 12:23pm

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.

    anonymous Nov 26, 2013 5:41pm

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

      anonymous Nov 26, 2013 10:39pm

      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?

        anonymous Dec 2, 2013 3:43pm

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

          anonymous Dec 7, 2013 1:51pm

          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!

            anonymous Apr 5, 2015 2:34pm

            "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…

          anonymous Dec 7, 2013 3:39pm

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

            anonymous Dec 22, 2013 2:45pm

            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.

              anonymous Feb 5, 2014 3:24pm

              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.

    anonymous Mar 8, 2014 12:30am

    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!!

      anonymous Apr 13, 2015 9:09pm

      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.

        anonymous Apr 13, 2015 9:10pm

        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!

      anonymous Jul 5, 2015 7:07pm

      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.

    anonymous Nov 15, 2014 8:24pm

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

    anonymous Jun 20, 2015 7:46pm

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

    anonymous Jul 5, 2015 7:01pm

    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.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 11:12am

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.

    anonymous Dec 26, 2013 10:54pm

    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.

    anonymous Dec 30, 2013 12:17am

    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.

    anonymous Jan 25, 2014 11:48pm

    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? 🙂

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 10:37am

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.

    anonymous Dec 2, 2013 5:56pm

    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.

      anonymous Apr 13, 2015 9:11pm

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

    anonymous Dec 4, 2013 11:09am

    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.

      anonymous Feb 5, 2014 3:40pm

      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."

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 10:37am

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.

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 10:04am

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

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 10:01am

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!

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 9:32am

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

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 9:14am

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

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 8:08am

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.

    anonymous Nov 25, 2013 5:22am

    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.

      anonymous Jul 10, 2015 1:42pm

      Does that mean that you are proud of your nudity now and you would do something similar?

    anonymous Nov 26, 2013 10:30am

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

      anonymous Jul 10, 2015 1:43pm

      Because we are human. Is like asking why do you want to drink water if you are thirsty.

    anonymous Nov 28, 2013 9:32am

    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.

    anonymous Dec 4, 2013 8:14pm

    Are you projecting?

    anonymous Dec 27, 2013 6:04am

    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.

    anonymous Jan 7, 2014 4:27am

    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

      anonymous Jan 23, 2014 3:32pm

      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.

        anonymous Jul 10, 2015 1:44pm

        That comment is seriously stupid. Sorry.

      anonymous Jul 10, 2015 1:48pm

      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!

        anonymous Sep 12, 2015 3:57pm

        its art. and who cares if she wants praise? good on her for being confident in herself.

    anonymous Feb 6, 2014 1:29pm

    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.

    anonymous May 1, 2014 6:06pm

    We were born naked. Was that sexual?

    anonymous Oct 31, 2014 1:23am

    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.

      anonymous Jun 21, 2015 1:50pm

      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."

        anonymous Jul 10, 2015 1:49pm

        I forgot how you spell bullshit, could you spell that for me? Oh, sorry, you already did.

    anonymous Nov 15, 2014 8:19pm

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

    anonymous Apr 19, 2015 12:31pm

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

    anonymous Feb 17, 2016 6:34pm

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

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 5:36am

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..

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 12:22am

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

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 12:20am

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!

anonymous Nov 24, 2013 12:13am

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

anonymous Nov 23, 2013 11:26pm

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

anonymous Nov 23, 2013 11:10pm

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

anonymous Nov 23, 2013 10:54pm

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!

    anonymous Nov 24, 2013 3:29pm

    She's beautiful, but why the nudity?

      anonymous Nov 24, 2013 5:41pm

      would you only want to see the leaves on a flower?

      anonymous Dec 5, 2013 6:51pm

      Because nudity is natural and beautiful

      anonymous Dec 30, 2013 12:06am

      As others have pointed out, these photos were taken by a well known pornographer, hence the nudity. Clothed photos would look quite out of place among the other postings on his site.

      see http://www.hegre-art.com if you need further clarification.

    anonymous Dec 15, 2013 3:11pm

    The husband should be in there naked as well.

Ash L Heather Apr 28, 2018 8:24pm

Skinny, blonde, white, shaved. I agree that on an individual level, her photos are an inspiration: in their grace, in their focus, in their “perfect” poses (if there is such a thing) and their “in progress poses” (which all poses are to my mind). But what is Elephant journal’s message by revealing an entire layout on only one yogi who feeds all the stereotypes (through no fault of her own) about nude yoga? If you want to talk about nude yoga why not be inclusive? Where are the men or people of color or varying ages or etc etc etc? What is your purpose? If it was to talk about one loving husband featuring his wife, why did we need so many photos? One or two would suffice. This just reads as yet another “sexifying” of yoga.

Robert Wiseman May 8, 2016 9:49am

Sign me up, I want to join this girls class, a better way for flexability and then some.

Jason Paschke May 8, 2016 3:33am

better than i can do after 5 years

Zaga Meekins May 8, 2016 12:09am

The comments expose more than her nudity does. So her asanas aren't perfect - I can relate to that, as mine aren't either. She doesn't have pubic hair - I happen to have the same preference for my own reasons, and am grateful to have never felt judged for that. I find her beauty lovely, and her imperfections a reminder that none of us are perfect - and that beauty doesn't depend on perfection.