Why @tiny.kirsty isn’t afraid to post nude yoga pictures for 31.5K Instagram followers

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Kirsty Tavolacci isn’t afraid to post nude pictures of herself in yoga poses on Instagram. She isn’t afraid to fire back (with love, she says) at rude comments about her body. She isn’t afraid to delete or block those comments and followers, either.

“That is rude,” Tavolacci, 21, responded to one Instagram comment about the size of her breasts on a post of her doing a hand stand nude on California’s Avila Beach. “You would NOT like it if someone commented on your photos saying something negative about you. As a society we should be telling others they are beautiful and empowering them, not doing the opposite as you are doing right now.”

“Are we born for something bigger than a simple life on tracks? Station to station, just pressing time to the finish line Are we fooling our imaginations? Like ships on the shore or planes on the floor Or trains on the highway You’re a colorful soul in a technicolor world While you’re living it black and white . Where we are is not all we are It’s the path we’ve run so far Have you ever felt so alive? You feel the blood in your veins like ice Melting down your spine Oh, have you fallen in love? Felt that shiver, that shift in your soul Crashing down like a wave On the seaside, on the seaside” – All We Are by Andy Kong . . . Enjoying my last afternoon in Coronado on the beach then saying goodbye to @stringbeanyoga At 3 I’m taking a train up to LA to see my “gram” bestie I’ve never met, @lexcreid in just a few short hours! Going to a HIIT vinyasa class later tonight in Venice & def. gonna be cuddling her kitty see you soon babe! . . #pincha #pinchamayurasana #HIITtoINVERT #backbend #yoga

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Tavolacci, who has more than 31,500 followers as @tiny.kirsty on Instagram, can take the heat in the social media realm. Besides, Instagram is what inspired her to start practicing yoga in the first place.

“I found women and men who were so inspirational to me and I wanted to be able to do even a quarter of the things they could,” said Tavolacci, who is from New York but grew up in North Carolina and has a background in competitive cheerleading.

She started practicing on the first day of 2016. She just completed her yoga teacher training in April during a 16-day immersion intensive in Pahoa, Hawaii.

“I wanted to be a teacher because I genuinely love to teach and help others find their passion,” said Tavolacci, a substitute instructor at Hero Fitness in Matthews. “Fitness and yoga for me has been a complete game changer in my life. It has inspired my personal development, and I hope to bring that inspiration to the world.”

One way she’s spreading inspiration is with her ebook, “HIIT to Invert.” She and fellow yogi Heather Barb filled the book with a combination of yoga and high intensity interval training guidance to educate readers about inversions such as handstand and forearm stand while increasing flexibility and strength.

“Our goal with the ebook is to continue to spread our love for inversions and to help others feel the empowerment of being upside down,” said Tavolacci, who spent a year in college before leaving it behind to focus on yoga and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Lately, naked Instagram posts are part of Tavolacci’s efforts to inspire, too, from Big Sur, to Santa Barbara, to North Carolina (in lingerie).

Tavolacci said it wasn’t hard for her to hit the “publish” button on those posts, and her intention is not to sexualize the human body.

“Honestly, I don’t believe confidence should be hidden and I am a firm believer that every single person is perfect the way they are,” she said. “I was prompted to post naked yoga photos because it was freeing, liberating, and truly a form of art that not many people had seen before. The purpose of the photos is to let everyone know that they are beautiful and to let everyone know that in their most natural state, confidence and self-love is everything.”

Plus, practicing yoga in the nude makes her feel powerful.

“It makes me focus on the pure physical and mental practice,” she said. “No distractions and no judgment.”

As for the spectacular backdrops for her latest Instagram posts, those are a natural result of her nearly month-long trek across the country with a teacher training “spirit buddy.” The two stopped in scenic spots like Arkansas, Denver, Colo., and Horshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, with Coronado, Calif. as the final destination. There, Tavolacci met up with friends she had made on Instagram.

“The purpose with my trip was just to simply explore — explore places and explore myself on a deeper level,” said Tavolacci, who returns Sept. 19.

As for what’s next? Tavolacci plans to start teaching backbend and inversion workshops. But for now, she’s still traveling, with a trip to Maryland to visit her best friend and a trip to Georgia to visit her boyfriend on the horizon.

“I never know what my life has in store, but I’m excited to take every opportunity this year to continue to grow,” she said.

So I woke up this morning so sick. I got less than an hour of sleep because the sinus pain in my ear was so excruciating ( update** I have an ear infection. ) Honestly, I’ve had a horse throats for the past 3 days and kept telling myself that I wasn’t sick and that I would be fine.. because physically, I did feel pretty decent. Sometimes life catches up to you.. and now it’s time to rest all day today before I fly out of LA tomorrow to go home for a few days. I am a little disappointed I had to cancel my plans with @namastejenay this afternoon, but such is life. I am at the minute clinic right now & hopefully will feel even the slightest bit better before my plane ride anyways, hope you all are having a better day than me xo

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Very well written article on Kirsty tavolacci as her dad I am so proud of the direction that she’s going in and I am so impressed on how strong and positive and confident she is I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her as she continues on this journey thank you for posting and article about Kirsty tavolacci

  2. Hi,
    We love these topics, so please let us explain our opinion.
    How many naked bodies have you seen in the past month / 6 months / year?
    If you’re not a nudist (or a porn addict) there won’t be that many. And of the ones you’ve seen, except from your partner coming in and out of the bathroom, how much of it was in a sexual or erotic context?
    If you see nudity on TV or in magazines, 90% of it is sexual related. Even in the commercials for shower gel, the woman (it’s always a woman) is moving in a sensual way. Who does that??
    So when you think about this, it’s not that abnormal that the majority links nudity with sex.
    We often get the same type of comments as tiny.kirsty on our instagram and we react the same. Either we ignore it or we ban the account.

    We think that the only way to get rid of that idea is to show people non-sexual nude content. The proof of this is that for us, nudists, nudity and sex are completely disconnected. When we see a naked body we don’t immediately think about sex because we see lots of them in a non-sexual way.
    And that’s the message that we like to bring forward with Naked Wanderings as well. The human body is beautiful and it’s sad that we feel the constant need to hide it (well, we don’t, but most people do 🙂 )

  3. KEEP GOING KRISTY!
    I’m with you & Naked Wanderings! I am an Artist who’s work is Figurative! Sadly the sexual stigma will be difficult to eliminate… but I keep on, I have to! regardless of how prudish or provincial some people are. I live in the “buckle of the Bible Belt”, Charlotte NC, so I get all sorts of flack from the ‘not so moral minority’ about my paintings. It has gotten somewhat better, but there is still work to be done… It became all to clear at my last Solo Exhibit that my audience was NOT down here! I have made headway with a few Galleries in NYC, but the work continues…
    Godspeed Beautiful,
    Scott Reid Parker,

  4. When did the Charlote Observer start peddling smut? I’m really upset that this was on the front page of the Charlotte Observers web site. Young lady you should be ashamed of yourself. Instead of worshiping yoga you should read the Bible:

    Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

    • Kathy,
      Instead of getting your panties all in a bunch, why don’t you try removing them! It’s very liberating as shown through this article, and while you’re at it, may I also recommend you read the Bible:

      James 4:11-12
      Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

      Job 1:21
      And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

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