8 Stretches Your Tight Hips Are Begging For

8 Stretches Your Tight Hips Are Begging For

Tight hips seem to be a common problem for almost everybody u2014 from runners to cyclists, from deskbound bloggers to dancers. Give this area a little extra love with this sequence of eight hip-opening stretches to increase your flexibility, reduce discomfort, and prevent injury. Try the series in the order listed here, or pick your favorites to incorporate into your workout routine.

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| Happy Baby

This calming hip opener also stretches your lower back.

  • Begin lying flat on your back. Bend both knees, and hold the outside edges of your flexed feet with your hands. Keep your arms on the outsides of your legs.
  • Gently use your upper-body strength to equally press both knees to the floor below your armpits. Try not to tense your shoulders or chest, but keep everything relaxed.
  • Stay here for five deep breaths.

| Extended Wide Squat

This relaxing stretch targets both hips at once while opening up your lower back.

  • Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips. Bend your knees, and lower your hips down toward the ground. If your heels don’t touch the ground, roll up a towel or the back of your mat, and place it under your heels for support.
  • Bring your palms together at your heart center, and firmly press your elbows against the inside of your knees. This will help to open your hips even further.
  • After five breaths, release the hands to the floor and walk them away from your feet to increase the stretch in the hips and lower back. Hold for another five breaths.

| Open Lizard

The hip flexors, the muscles at the front of the hip, can become extremely tight just from sitting. This intense stretch targets that area as well as the outer hips.

  • Come into a lunge position with your right knee forward. Lower your left knee to the floor, and rest your hands on the ground under your shoulders.
  • Slowly lower your right knee to the right so you’re resting on the outside of your right flexed foot. Keep your arms straight, pressing your chest forward to increase the stretch.
  • Hold like this for five breaths, and then repeat on the left side.

| Wide-Legged Split

To stretch your hips, hamstrings, and inner thighs, do a Wide-Legged Split.

  • From Wide Squat, place your hands on the floor in front of you and inch your feet apart, making sure to keep your heels wider than your toes. Keep the soles of your feet flat on the ground at all times to protect your knees.
  • As your hips get lower, you can prop yourself up with your forearms, and then move down to your shoulders (as shown). If your shoulders are on the ground, turn your head to the side, and rest your cheek on the ground so you don’t bruise your chin.
  • Stay here for five deep breaths, then walk your feet back together. If this pose is a bit more stretch than you can muster, try the seated straddle stretch.

| Butterfly

Stretch both hips at the same time with Butterfly pose.

  • Sit on the ground, bend both knees, and bring your feet together. Using your hands, open your feet up like a book. Use your leg muscles to press your knees down toward the floor.
  • Lengthen your spine, drawing your belly button inward. Relax your shoulders, and gaze either in front of you or toward your feet. Stay here for five breaths, and then slowly fold forward, drawing your torso toward your legs. Remember to try to keep your spine straight.
  • Rest your hands on your feet, pressing your knees down with your arms, or if you want more of a stretch, extend your arms out in front of you. Stay here for another five breaths.

| Head to Knee

A popular stretch for runners, Head to Knee targets the hips and hamstrings while giving the back a nice stretch too.

  • Sit on the ground with your legs out in front of you. Bend your right knee, and pull the sole of your foot against your left inner thigh.
  • Sitting with a tall spine, reach both hands to your left foot, and stack your torso on top of your left thigh. If you can’t reach your hands to your foot, rest your hands on your shin or knee. Try not to round your back.
  • Stay here for at least five breaths, relaxing your shoulders away from your ears. Then do the other side.

| Pigeon

A basic yoga pose, Pigeon is one of the most effective hip openers because you can focus on one hip at a time.

  • Sit with your right knee bent and your left leg extended behind you. Pull the right heel in toward your left hip, or if your hips are more open, inch your right foot away from you. Make sure your left hip is always pointing down toward the mat. If it begins to open up toward the ceiling, draw your right foot back in toward your body.
  • Stay here with your hands resting on your right thigh or your hips, or walk your hands out in front of you, allowing your torso to rest over your right knee. Hold here, breathing into any areas of tightness and tension for at least five breaths.
  • Repeat this pose with the left knee bent.

| Double Pigeon

Double Pigeon offers a very intense stretch for your deep glutes.

  • Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your left knee, and place your knee, shin, and foot on the floor so they’re parallel with your pelvis. Bend your right knee, and place it on top so your knees, shins, and ankles are stacked. You’ll know you’re doing it right when you gaze down and see that your legs make a little triangle.
  • You may find your top knee to be high up toward the ceiling. It’s OK, it just means that your hips are tight, so just stay where you are and breathe.
  • To make this pose more intense, place your hands in front of your shins and walk them out as far as you can, folding your chest toward your legs.
  • Stay here for five breaths, slowly release, and then switch legs so your left knee is on top.

When Stress = Headaches, Hop on Your Yoga Mat

When Stress = Headaches| Hop on Your Yoga Mat

When you’re suffering from a dull| tension headache| try these yoga poses before reaching for medication. They’re a series of forward bends and reclining poses that will soothe your head and release tension from your neck. They’ll also improve circulation| slow down your breath| and calm your mind.

| Standing Forward Bend

Begin with your feet together and fold forward| coming into a Standing Forward Bend. Use your abdominal muscles to draw your torso closer to your thighs. Shake your head gently from side to side to relieve tension in your neck. Hold for at least five breaths.

| Downward Facing Dog

Slowly walk your feet back coming into Downward Facing Dog. Lengthen through your spine and relax your head between your shoulders. Close your eyes and allow blood to circulate to your head. Stay for at least five breaths| breathing deeply.

| Child’s Pose

Lower your knees and shins to the floor and fold your torso forward coming into Child’s Pose. You can keep your knees together or separate them to increase the stretch in your lower back and hips. Either extend your arms out in front of you| or rest them beside your legs. Close your eyes and hold this stretch for five breaths or longer.

| Head to Knee

Sit up and extend your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee and place the sole of your foot against your left inner thigh. Then fold over your left leg| coming into Head to Knee Pose. Stay for as long as you want and then do the other side.

| Butterfly

Bend you knees and bring your feet together. Using your hands| open your feet up like a book and use your elbows to press your knees toward the floor. Lengthen your spine| drawing your belly button in| holding Butterfly. Relax your shoulders and gaze either in front of you or toward your feet| staying for five breaths.

| Half Wheel

Lower onto your back. Bend your knees and place your heels as close as you can toward your bum. Interlace your hands underneath you and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Lift your hips off the ground| coming into Half Wheel| also known as Bridge. If your ankles are close enough| you can hold onto them instead. Stay here for at least five breaths| feeling an opening in the shoulders and the front of the body.

| Legs Up the Wall

Stand up and walk over to a wall. Place a pillow or folded blanket against the wall| sit down on it| lift your legs up and come into Legs Up the Wall. Allow the wall to support the weight of your legs. Stay here for as long as you want| just keep breathing.

| Corpse Pose

Move away from the wall| lie on your mat and extend your legs and arms. Release every muscle in your body| coming into Savasana| Corpse Pose. You can massage your head and neck a little and then place a soothing eye pillow over your eyes. Relax the muscles in your face and shoulders| and just follow your breath. Stay here for several minutes| and when you’re ready| sit up slowly.

Fight Back Bulge With These 9 Yoga Poses

Fight Back Bulge With These 9 Yoga Poses

While there’s no miracle move to diminish back bulge u2014 it’s a matter of doing calorie-burning cardio to decrease your overall percentage of body fat u2014 it’s still important to strengthen and tone the muscles in that area of the body. As you begin to lose weight from all the running and Zumba classes you’re doing, you’ll reveal slim, chiseled muscles waiting underneath. Here are nine yoga poses that will target all the areas of your back.

| Side Fierce

What it works: glutes, quads, and upper back

  • Stand with your feet together. Inhale to bend your knees and lower your hips as you raise your arms overhead, coming into Fierce Pose. Exhale to cross your right elbow over to your outer left knee. Press your palms together and actively push your bottom elbow against your thigh to lift and rotate your chest up, increasing the twist. Pull your right hip back slightly, making sure both knees are parallel.
  • Stay for five breaths in Side Fierce, then inhale as you press into your feet and lift your torso, rising back into Fierce pose. Exhale to cross your left elbow over your right outer knee, holding for another five breaths on this side.

| Warrior 3

What it works: back and shoulders

  • Stand at the front of your mat with both feet together. Shift your weight onto your left leg and kick your right leg behind you, balancing with your torso parallel to the floor. Extend your arms straight in front of you or do Eagle arms, as shown in the photo.
  • Draw your navel toward your spine and hold Warrior 3 for five breaths.

| Half Moon

What it works: back and sides of the torso

  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Step your right foot forward between your hands, and rise up into Warrior 1. Then open your hips, arms, and chest into Warrior 2 Pose.
  • Place your left hand on your left hip and stretch your right arm straight out, creating length through the right side of your body. Shift weight into your right foot, and lift your left foot up. Plant your right palm flat on the ground under your shoulder. Bend your right knee or use a block if your hamstring is tight.
  • Try to distribute your weight evenly between your right hand and foot. Look down at the ground and bring your left arm straight up. When you’re ready, look up toward your left hand.
  • Hold for five breaths, then try Half Moon on the left side.

| Triangle

What it works: legs, core, and upper body

  • From Down Dog, step your right foot forward, rising into Warrior 1. Straighten the right leg, and extend the right arm out as far as you can past the right toes. Lower the right hand to the floor in front of the right shin (rest it on a block if you need to).
  • Shift weight back onto the heels, stacking the shoulders, extending your upper arm straight up.
  • Try to extend through both sides of the ribs equally, drawing the navel toward the spine.
  • Hold like this for five deep breaths. Then extend your upper arm over your ear so it’s parallel with the floor, coming into Straight-Arm Triangle.
  • After five breaths, rise up and repeat on the left side.

| Side Plank

What it works: back, abs, sides of the torso, and arms

  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Step both feet together so your big toes are touching. Move your right hand over to the left so it’s at the top center of your mat.
  • Roll over to your right side and plant your right heel down, balancing on the outside edge of your right flexed foot. Reach your left arm straight above you or extend it over your ear.
  • Stay here in Side Plank for five deep breaths, trying to keep your core strong and the pose steady. Repeat this pose on the left side.

| Dolphin Plank

What it works: abs, back, arms, and shoulders

  • From Down Dog, lower onto your forearms and walk your feet out. Your body should be in one straight line with your shoulders directly above your elbows.
  • Hold Dolphin Plank for five breaths.

| Bow

What it works: back

  • Lie flat on your stomach, pressing your belly button into the floor. Bend your knees and reach for the outside edge of your right ankle and then your left.
  • Once you have a firm hold of each ankle, try to keep your toes together, either pointing or flexing your feet. Inhale to lift your feet and thighs up as high as you can, and shift your weight forward so that you’re resting on your navel instead of on your pubic bone.
  • Hold Bow Pose for five deep breaths.

| Locust

What it works: back

  • Lie on your belly with your legs together. Place your arms by your sides so your palms are facing up. As you inhale, lift your legs, head, and upper body off the floor. Your hands remain on the floor for support.
  • As you breathe, try to relax your shoulders and the muscles in your booty. Extend the crown of your head away from your toes, lengthening as much as you can through your spine.
  • Stay in Locust Pose for five breaths, and then release back to the mat.

| Wheel

What it works: back and upper body

  • Lie on your back, bend your knees, and place your feet flat on the ground (heels as close as possible to your booty). Bend your elbows and place your palms flat on the ground above your shoulders, fingertips facing your feet.
  • Inhale, press into your palms, and lift your head, shoulders, and hips off the ground, holding Wheel Pose for five deep breaths.

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This is the Best Hip Stretch Ever

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Tight hips and a tight lower back are common complaints among runners and bikers, so here’s a relaxing stretch that will stretch both. It’s similar to Half Happy Baby, but with this variation, both knees are bent at the same time.

Sanskrit Name: Ananda BalasanaEnglish Translation: Happy Baby PoseAlso Called: Dead Bug
Begin lying flat on your back.Bend both knees and hold onto the outside edges of your flexed feet with your hands. Keep your arms on the outsides of your legs.Gently use your upper body strength to equally press both knees to the floor below your armpits. Try not to tense your shoulders or chest, but keep everything relaxed. Stay like this for five deep breaths. To release, let go of your feet and straighten your legs to the floor.Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson

This is the Best Hip Stretch Ever

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Tight hips and a tight lower back are common complaints among runners and bikers| so here’s a relaxing stretch that will stretch both. It’s similar to Half Happy Baby| but with this variation| both knees are bent at the same time.

Sanskrit Name: Ananda BalasanaEnglish Translation: Happy Baby PoseAlso Called: Dead Bug
Begin lying flat on your back.Bend both knees and hold onto the outside edges of your flexed feet with your hands. Keep your arms on the outsides of your legs.Gently use your upper body strength to equally press both knees to the floor below your armpits. Try not to tense your shoulders or chest| but keep everything relaxed. Stay like this for five deep breaths. To release| let go of your feet and straighten your legs to the floor.Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson

If You Do These 4 Things in Downward Dog, You’re Doing It Wrong

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From your first class to your 100th, Downward Facing Dog is probably the pose you do most often. That’s why it’s important to do the pose correctly: not only to avoid injury, but also to make it as comfortable and effective as possible. Here are four don’ts when it comes to Down Dogging.

Related: 5 Easy Yoga Poses That Banish Stress Instantly

Tense Shoulders

It doesn’t look like it, but this pose is all about upper-body strength. If your arms and shoulders are weak, you might compensate by scrunching your shoulders up to your ears. This is a big no-no, as it can cause neck strain, shoulder pain, and headaches. Be sure to actively draw your shoulder blades down your back, creating space in your neck. If you find your shoulders tensing up, it probably means you need to take a break. Bend your knees, rest in Child’s Pose, and rise back into Down Dog when you’re ready. As you continue your practice, upper-body strength will quickly increase, making it easier to hold Down Dog with correct technique.

Unstable Hands

A good amount of your bodyweight is in your hands, so be sure this base is strong and stable. Don’t allow your palms to lift up; spread your fingers as wide as you can, creating a straight line between the elbows, forearms, and middle fingers. Actively press your fingertips and the knuckles at the base of your fingers firmly into the mat along with the heel of your palm, which can often relieve wrist pain. Your hands should be strong and solid enough that you could jump into a handstand at a moment’s notice.

Rounding Your Spine

If your hamstrings are extremely tight and you struggle to straighten them, you’ll compensate by rounding your spine. The best thing to do is bend your knees softly, so you can concentrate on lengthening your pelvis away from your shoulders. Don’t tuck your tailbone in, but rather stick it out, as if you were pressing your belly button toward your thighs. As your hips and hamstrings open up, you can work on straightening the legs ¡ª just be sure your back stays long and straight.

Heels Pointed In

Touching your heels to the mat isn’t necessary, as it depends on the flexibility of the backs of the legs. But in order to effectively work your inner thighs, hamstrings, and calves in this pose, press your heels out slightly, so the outside edges of your feet are parallel with the outside edges of your mat. Doing Down Dog this way is more challenging on your leg muscles, but with practice, it’ll increase flexibility, and you’ll be closer to pressing your heels to the floor.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson

If You Do These 4 Things in Downward Dog, You’re Doing It Wrong

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From your first class to your 100th| Downward Facing Dog is probably the pose you do most often. That’s why it’s important to do the pose correctly: not only to avoid injury| but also to make it as comfortable and effective as possible. Here are four don’ts when it comes to Down Dogging.

Related: 5 Easy Yoga Poses That Banish Stress Instantly

Tense Shoulders

It doesn’t look like it| but this pose is all about upper-body strength. If your arms and shoulders are weak| you might compensate by scrunching your shoulders up to your ears. This is a big no-no| as it can cause neck strain| shoulder pain| and headaches. Be sure to actively draw your shoulder blades down your back| creating space in your neck. If you find your shoulders tensing up| it probably means you need to take a break. Bend your knees| rest in Child’s Pose| and rise back into Down Dog when you’re ready. As you continue your practice| upper-body strength will quickly increase| making it easier to hold Down Dog with correct technique.

Unstable Hands

A good amount of your bodyweight is in your hands| so be sure this base is strong and stable. Don’t allow your palms to lift up; spread your fingers as wide as you can| creating a straight line between the elbows| forearms| and middle fingers. Actively press your fingertips and the knuckles at the base of your fingers firmly into the mat along with the heel of your palm| which can often relieve wrist pain. Your hands should be strong and solid enough that you could jump into a handstand at a moment’s notice.

Rounding Your Spine

If your hamstrings are extremely tight and you struggle to straighten them| you’ll compensate by rounding your spine. The best thing to do is bend your knees softly| so you can concentrate on lengthening your pelvis away from your shoulders. Don’t tuck your tailbone in| but rather stick it out| as if you were pressing your belly button toward your thighs. As your hips and hamstrings open up| you can work on straightening the legs ¡ª just be sure your back stays long and straight.

Heels Pointed In

Touching your heels to the mat isn’t necessary| as it depends on the flexibility of the backs of the legs. But in order to effectively work your inner thighs| hamstrings| and calves in this pose| press your heels out slightly| so the outside edges of your feet are parallel with the outside edges of your mat. Doing Down Dog this way is more challenging on your leg muscles| but with practice| it’ll increase flexibility| and you’ll be closer to pressing your heels to the floor.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson

Nude Yoga Girl Is Taking Instagram by Storm

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Have you heard of the Instagram account Nude Girl Yoga? Our friends at Self discuss this popular account.

One of my closest friends used to say that tasks don’t stop by doing things all the time.. So you just have to sometimes stop to do things. ? Christmas time you can always find more and more to do. Christmas cards, foods and baking, gifts, cleaning, helping others, home decorations, Christmas parties etc.. And of course this time of the year you have to finish all of your remaining tasks at work.Festive periods can be very busy. ? That’s why it’s so important to keep reminding yourself to enjoy the moment. Otherwise Christmas is here and gone in a blink. Don’t put too much to do on your hands. Try to balance everything out so that you can enjoy the Christmas preparation and decoration also. ? It’s about enjoying the whole journey and not about enjoying it only when you get there. ? Everything doesn’t have to be ready or perfect. You can always do more, but is it necessery? Sometimes less is more. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #nudeyoga #yogapose #yogaeverydamnday #art #instayoga #artist #photographer #modeling #flexibility #blackandwhitephotography #arts_help #artspiration A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to check out the (NSFW) Instagram account, @Nude_YogaGirl. The account is run by a 25-year-old photographer, model, and yogi who shares images of herself doing yoga ¡ª nude, as advertised. “This is my way of expressing art,” the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells SELF.

“I want to inspire people to try yoga and maybe they can also find the acceptance of their body from there, because I did so.”

Top 50 photographs from around the world in 2015. I can’t believe @mymodernmet (mymodernmet.com) chose to put this photo of mine in that list. The other photos look so stunning. I’m very humbled and grateful for this. Thank you. ??? A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

According to The Cut, Nude Yoga Girl takes her photographs in a small studio space in her home. Her boyfriend helps with the shots.

“I’m very inspired by yoga and photography so I wanted to bring the two of them together in a pure way,” she tells SELF.

? Lines make shapes. ? “I am not what happened to me, I am what I chose to become” #yoga #yogapose #yogalove #yogachallenge #nudeyogagirl #nude #yogagirl #eatclean #fitness #training #workout #pilates #bracelet #glitter #inspiration #meditation #yogi #quote #quotes A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

In the captions, Nude Yoga Girl opens up about struggling with restrictive eating and how yoga helped her love and accept her body.

A balanced life is key to wellbeing. ? I’ve gone from eating whatever I want to a very strict diet and that probably worked on my body but didn’t make my mind happy. In the long run I found days becoming more difficult. There was no balance between getting my body in good shape and simply enjoying food. I enjoy eating healthy food because I feel good from it and if I want to have a little chocolate or something else, I will and it doesn’t bother me anymore afterwards. There is balance. Have you ever felt guilty after having something extra good? ?? No need for that. ? I had also a time when I was practicing difficult poses everyday because I wanted to get better at them. I started to feel pain in my muscles. I added some meditation and easier/relaxing yoga sessions to my weekly routine. Balance was restored and me and my body are happy. Don’t go from one extremity to the other. Find the right balance. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #yogalove #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #art #love #fitness #inspiration #fit #healthy #asana #meditation #pilates #yogagirl #instayoga #body #mind #soul #breathe #artist #photographer #model #yogainspiration #love #coreofgratitude #art A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

She also uses the account to spread the message that yoga is for everyone. “It doesn’t matter if you are overweight, inflexible, not sporty¡­or if you can’t sit down, relax and listen to your breath,” she writes in one Instagram caption.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a terrible balance or if you have never tried yoga before. Because yoga is perfect for people who are not perfect (so everyone?).”

My 4 Tips to stay energetic during winter time darkness. ? 1. Do yoga daily. Listen to your body and also remember to plan yoga sessions based on your feeling. Stretching and meditation under candlelight is the best. ? 2. I wouldn’t give up on vitamin D3 food suplement anymore. I eat about 50-100 ?g/day. 3. Hydration. Drinking plenty of water has many beneficial factors and not drinking enough of it certainly causes tiredness and affects your performance. I try and drink about 3 liters of water per day. 4. Projects. Having something exciting to do affects me the most. I have something going on all the time and I get a great amount of joy from new challenges. How do you stay energetic?? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #yogalove #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #art #fitness #inspiration #fit #healthy #asana #pilates #yogagirl #instayoga #body #mind #soul #artist #photographer #model #yogainspiration #love #coreofgratitude #instagram A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

She tells SELF that the reactions to her account have been “amazing.”

“I’m very happy that people have understood my art and my account’s message in the right way,” she says.

I wanted to take off everything unnecessary from the pictures on my account. Nudity in social media is a taboo but on the other hand the nakedness and rawness of my photos reflect well what I want to tell people with my account. ? Nowadays we easily determine how much we are worth with materialistic things. A new car, luxury hand bags or design furniture… We see ourselves as much better if we have a well trained body and our hair is shining after the hairdressers. Or am I wrong? ? Who we are does not equal with what we own. I believe it’s something much more deeper. ? Materials trap you and make you selfish. Freedom comes when your happiness and satisfaction doesn’t depend on materialistic things. ? I’m only on my first steps in the journey towards understanding all of this fully. I’ve however noticed that instead of pursuing wealth and pleasure, I pursue something much more permanent and fundamental. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #nudeyoga #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday #yogapractice #yogini #art #inspiration #fit #pilates #yogagirl #instayoga #igyoga #artist #photographer #modeling #coreofgratitude #flexibility #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite #artsy #arts_help #artspiration A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

Nude Yoga Girl hopes that her Instagram will inspire people to try loving themselves.

“I want people to understand that our feeling inside is everything,” she tells SELF. “Not how we look on the outside.”

I’m very lucky to have so many supportive people close to me. For me it’s important to have family and friends who encourage me to pursue my dreams, are positive, and do not try to discourage the things that can go possibbly wrong. ? Each one of us is scared or tired sometimes and then our dearest ones have a big role. I try to be someone who always supports other people.. I often thank my parents and people close to me because they believe in me in the moments when I don’t. ? Today I just wanted to remind you on what a great impact you can have on your loved ones. Would you like to be a positive contributor or the one who paints devils on the wall? ? What kind of people do you gather around you? Remeber that you are the sum of the five closest humans to you. So the only way to get better is to surround yourself with people who believe in you. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #nudeyoga #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #yogaeverywhere #yogini #art #yogagirl #instayoga #igyoga #artist #photographer #modeling #coreofgratitude #flexibility #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite #artsy #arts_help #artspiration A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

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Nude Yoga Girl Is Taking Instagram by Storm

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Have you heard of the Instagram account Nude Girl Yoga? Our friends at Self discuss this popular account.

One of my closest friends used to say that tasks don’t stop by doing things all the time.. So you just have to sometimes stop to do things. ? Christmas time you can always find more and more to do. Christmas cards| foods and baking| gifts| cleaning| helping others| home decorations| Christmas parties etc.. And of course this time of the year you have to finish all of your remaining tasks at work.Festive periods can be very busy. ? That’s why it’s so important to keep reminding yourself to enjoy the moment. Otherwise Christmas is here and gone in a blink. Don’t put too much to do on your hands. Try to balance everything out so that you can enjoy the Christmas preparation and decoration also. ? It’s about enjoying the whole journey and not about enjoying it only when you get there. ? Everything doesn’t have to be ready or perfect. You can always do more| but is it necessery? Sometimes less is more. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #nudeyoga #yogapose #yogaeverydamnday #art #instayoga #artist #photographer #modeling #flexibility #blackandwhitephotography #arts_help #artspiration A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

If you haven’t done so yet| it’s time to check out the (NSFW) Instagram account| @Nude_YogaGirl. The account is run by a 25-year-old photographer| model| and yogi who shares images of herself doing yoga ¡ª nude| as advertised. “This is my way of expressing art|” the woman| who wishes to remain anonymous| tells SELF.

“I want to inspire people to try yoga and maybe they can also find the acceptance of their body from there| because I did so.”

Top 50 photographs from around the world in 2015. I can’t believe @mymodernmet (mymodernmet.com) chose to put this photo of mine in that list. The other photos look so stunning. I’m very humbled and grateful for this. Thank you. ??? A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

According to The Cut| Nude Yoga Girl takes her photographs in a small studio space in her home. Her boyfriend helps with the shots.

“I’m very inspired by yoga and photography so I wanted to bring the two of them together in a pure way|” she tells SELF.

? Lines make shapes. ? “I am not what happened to me| I am what I chose to become” #yoga #yogapose #yogalove #yogachallenge #nudeyogagirl #nude #yogagirl #eatclean #fitness #training #workout #pilates #bracelet #glitter #inspiration #meditation #yogi #quote #quotes A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

In the captions| Nude Yoga Girl opens up about struggling with restrictive eating and how yoga helped her love and accept her body.

A balanced life is key to wellbeing. ? I’ve gone from eating whatever I want to a very strict diet and that probably worked on my body but didn’t make my mind happy. In the long run I found days becoming more difficult. There was no balance between getting my body in good shape and simply enjoying food. I enjoy eating healthy food because I feel good from it and if I want to have a little chocolate or something else| I will and it doesn’t bother me anymore afterwards. There is balance. Have you ever felt guilty after having something extra good? ?? No need for that. ? I had also a time when I was practicing difficult poses everyday because I wanted to get better at them. I started to feel pain in my muscles. I added some meditation and easier/relaxing yoga sessions to my weekly routine. Balance was restored and me and my body are happy. Don’t go from one extremity to the other. Find the right balance. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #yogalove #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #art #love #fitness #inspiration #fit #healthy #asana #meditation #pilates #yogagirl #instayoga #body #mind #soul #breathe #artist #photographer #model #yogainspiration #love #coreofgratitude #art A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

She also uses the account to spread the message that yoga is for everyone. “It doesn’t matter if you are overweight| inflexible| not sporty¡­or if you can’t sit down| relax and listen to your breath|” she writes in one Instagram caption.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a terrible balance or if you have never tried yoga before. Because yoga is perfect for people who are not perfect (so everyone?).”

My 4 Tips to stay energetic during winter time darkness. ? 1. Do yoga daily. Listen to your body and also remember to plan yoga sessions based on your feeling. Stretching and meditation under candlelight is the best. ? 2. I wouldn’t give up on vitamin D3 food suplement anymore. I eat about 50-100 ?g/day. 3. Hydration. Drinking plenty of water has many beneficial factors and not drinking enough of it certainly causes tiredness and affects your performance. I try and drink about 3 liters of water per day. 4. Projects. Having something exciting to do affects me the most. I have something going on all the time and I get a great amount of joy from new challenges. How do you stay energetic?? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #yogalove #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #art #fitness #inspiration #fit #healthy #asana #pilates #yogagirl #instayoga #body #mind #soul #artist #photographer #model #yogainspiration #love #coreofgratitude #instagram A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

She tells SELF that the reactions to her account have been “amazing.”

“I’m very happy that people have understood my art and my account’s message in the right way|” she says.

I wanted to take off everything unnecessary from the pictures on my account. Nudity in social media is a taboo but on the other hand the nakedness and rawness of my photos reflect well what I want to tell people with my account. ? Nowadays we easily determine how much we are worth with materialistic things. A new car| luxury hand bags or design furniture… We see ourselves as much better if we have a well trained body and our hair is shining after the hairdressers. Or am I wrong? ? Who we are does not equal with what we own. I believe it’s something much more deeper. ? Materials trap you and make you selfish. Freedom comes when your happiness and satisfaction doesn’t depend on materialistic things. ? I’m only on my first steps in the journey towards understanding all of this fully. I’ve however noticed that instead of pursuing wealth and pleasure| I pursue something much more permanent and fundamental. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #nudeyoga #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday #yogapractice #yogini #art #inspiration #fit #pilates #yogagirl #instayoga #igyoga #artist #photographer #modeling #coreofgratitude #flexibility #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite #artsy #arts_help #artspiration A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

Nude Yoga Girl hopes that her Instagram will inspire people to try loving themselves.

“I want people to understand that our feeling inside is everything|” she tells SELF. “Not how we look on the outside.”

I’m very lucky to have so many supportive people close to me. For me it’s important to have family and friends who encourage me to pursue my dreams| are positive| and do not try to discourage the things that can go possibbly wrong. ? Each one of us is scared or tired sometimes and then our dearest ones have a big role. I try to be someone who always supports other people.. I often thank my parents and people close to me because they believe in me in the moments when I don’t. ? Today I just wanted to remind you on what a great impact you can have on your loved ones. Would you like to be a positive contributor or the one who paints devils on the wall? ? What kind of people do you gather around you? Remeber that you are the sum of the five closest humans to you. So the only way to get better is to surround yourself with people who believe in you. ? #yoga #yogi #nudeyogagirl #nudeyoga #yogapose #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #yogaeverywhere #yogini #art #yogagirl #instayoga #igyoga #artist #photographer #modeling #coreofgratitude #flexibility #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite #artsy #arts_help #artspiration A photo posted by Nude Yoga Girl (@nude_yogagirl) on

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h/t The Cut

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