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. Matt says:

    Because nudity is natural and beautiful

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. linda says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. James says:

    The husband should be in there naked as well.

  8. 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..

  9. 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.

  10. Eric says:

    Beautiful inside and out!

  11. seekeryogi says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Patricia says:

    Beautiful and instructional

  18. Jerry says:

    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 if you need further clarification.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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."

  22. wayne dennis says:

    Loved every bit

  23. Christy says:

    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?

  24. Etain says:

    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.

  25. 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

  26. Hubby says:

    great set of photos, artfully done.

  27. jessicaputnam says:

    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

  28. Sabine Crook says:

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

  29. Nicole says:

    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.

  30. Malwina says:

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

  31. Sonya says:

    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?

  32. elephantjournal says:

    Hi Sonya! Yes! I agree! Have you seen this one:… Warmly, Bryonie

  33. Tonia says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I wished I was that flexible.

  34. 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.

  35. guest says:

    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.

  36. 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? 🙂

  37. senior says:

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

  38. Mo says:

    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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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."

  41. 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.

  42. metalmask says:

    she is lovely

  43. samy says:

    I wish I wud be a part of this nude yoga

  44. Ugh says:

    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?

  45. 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!!

  46. Sunday says:

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

  47. Ivana says:

    Tasteful, natural, strong, powerful, beautiful…

  48. henny says:


  49. Dean Miller says:

    We were born naked. Was that sexual?

  50. AtomJ says:

    She's done internet porn for years. Luba