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

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on Nov 23, 2013
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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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  17. Tweedy says:

    Absolutely lovely.

  18. Auren says:

    She's beautiful, but why the nudity?

  19. phathed says:

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

  20. Allison says:

    These are incredibly beautiful photos, and frankly amazing art.

  21. 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..

  22. Nudd Keyo says:

    She has a perfect body. I love her photos.

  23. @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.

  24. gaby says:

    Thank you

  25. jennymahita says:

    So very very lovely ~ thank you

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. Dave says:

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

  29. Terri says:

    Simply beautiful.

  30. sharon says:

    Absolutely beautiful…a tribute to women and yoga

  31. Nancy says:

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

  32. 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…..

  33. Claire says:

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

  34. tamara says:

    Beautiful,strong healthy human being.

  35. mike says:


  36. Sped Norval says:

    Nice labia:)

  37. 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!

  38. 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?

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. Darrel says:

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

  42. 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.

  43. mychael says:

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

  44. Jon says:

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. laportama says:

    Are you projecting?

  50. laportama says:

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