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Why I Chose To Pose… Naked

Why I Chose To Pose… Naked

To see you naked is to recall the Earth.

— FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Casida de la Mujer Tendida

At a time where the yoga ‘industry’ has become highly controversial, it seems we’re all still trying to ‘find ourselves’. Or, maybe what we are really trying to do is to lose ourselves, and shake off the identification with ego, at least for some brief flickering moment within a day. Know that this photograph you see is not new. It was taken over 7 months ago (at the time of this writing). There was no desire, nor a need, to push it out onto the world which is already saturated with global yogis frequently sharing the latest ass-ana (pun intended) for the world to ‘like’. It would be wrong not to include myself in that category.

So why share this photo now? The image comes to you completely raw and un-airbrushed, with the assistance of the most essential lighting set up and a pro photographer who knows what he is doing (aka. Bill Delaney). What you see here, it is simply me. And, as we all were, I was born into this world completely bare, and I shall take my skin and bones back to the earth when my time here in this form is up. But, it’s also more than that. This photo represents many things…

It is yoga as asana, which is pure, without any clothing or brand endorsement.

It is shape, form, light, darkness, lines, space, curves, and shadows.

It is a celebration of a woman’s body.

It is me stepping (in fact leaping) utterly outside my comfort zone.

It is collaboration with another creative soul.

It is an embodiment of strength, in all forms.

It is a celebration of all women, in all proportions.

…Laying oneself on the line with this kind of vulnerability generally doesn’t go without criticism (whether made publicly, or behind the computer screen quietly and anonymously). But such is life. We cannot please everyone. All we can do is continue to on our unique path, and receive the opportunities and challenges as they arrive as if there were nothing more delightful to dive into.

And, with that, these words seem to make it all feel just A-OK…


There’s something therapeutic about nudity … Take away the Gucci or Levi’s and we’re all the same.

— KEVIN BACON, Style magazine, 1999

 Naked Yoga

5 Responses to Why I Chose To Pose… Naked

  1. I am in love with this photo so much I am going to be putting it on my vision board. It represents to me a mastery of a skill. Discipline. Passion to do what you love doing. Courage to show the world who you truly are and what you were born to do.

    Amy, this is magic.

  2. yoga is free for all , all the above reasons for posing naked are acceptable if

    you do not charge a single penny for spreading yoga ,

    that represents the purity of yoga .

    Yoga today is only a business for most westerners who dont understand either the hindu mythology or beliefs nor the cosmos as represented by the vedic culture .

    The yoga asana and poses is just a tiny miniscule part though a vital one for ones progress towards the Bhrahmaaan …

  3. I always thought you and Aexa had Copper Tone tan from being out in the sun so much with your yoga clothes on! Now we know 🙂 🙂 Just kidding 🙂

    I felt little difference seeing you without your clothes on as opposed to with them on. 🙂 Your outer beauty is great, but your inner beauty is much greater; I always see past your clothes and skin and see your great inner beauty, even now. I not know you had beautiful full body tan but I did know you and Alexa and many others that can stand upside down with 1 hand have very little fat and most all muscle and you do do not weigh much – all muscles on your bones. 🙂 It is a very beautiful pose and photo shot, I just wish could see your beautiful face with it, but I understand.

    I know how hard it is to keep our body looking and feeling beautiful, because I try keep mine looking and feeling beautiful, toned, shaved, and with full body tan all year, but winter months little harder to keep full body tan but keep body toned, and shaved all year. When my body looks it best, I do not mind showing it off either 🙂 🙂

    I have noticed many athletes doing body paintings now. If you check out Susi Mai and Neil Pride on Youtube you see showing her beautiful body in artistic way and it very beautiful, little paint changes beautiful nude athlete into art.

    X! 🙂

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