One of the many beauties of photography is its wide accessibility as a creative medium. Part of yoga’s beauty is that its physical practice entices the mind and soul to move beyond a focus on the body alone. Put yoga and photography together, and you make magic.
The art of photography has expanded exponentially, morphing rapidly as we find new, brilliant cameras at our fingertips nearly every waking moment. Sharing over social media has moved beyond just the words that describe our lives, and into the artful practice of highlighting our lives in vivid, colorful detail. This movement toward the visual has fundamentally changed how we connect and share life together.
Sure, it’s easy to display a highlight-reel of a life filled with shiny new things, fancy vacations, and decadent meals. But the in-between moments matter even more.
The intricately threaded details of our everyday, “ordinary” lives, the small moments that hold the magical moments together, should be savored with even greater depth.
Through the camera’s lens, we gain a new appreciation for the world. Something about that little shutter button is hard-wired deep into our creative souls. It just begs us to so stop in a moment of gratitude and capture that stunning sunset. Inspiration resides just beneath the surface, ready to speak up the moment we notice a smiling friend or gorgeous detail. It urges us to see the world in a whole new light.
Behind the camera, photography offers endless indulgences for your creative muse, and the chance to document the story of your life.
But being in front of the lens is even more powerful. It means letting down your guard and letting go of vulnerability. Allowing yourself to be seen, your story to be told, and your soul to shine through your eyes is terrifying and liberating at once, in that moment when the shutter clicks.
Blend the beauty of yoga with the beauty of photography and you immensely deepen your creative opportunities and amplify the power of being witnessed and seen. Yoga already stirs the soul. But glimpsing a stunning photo of an elegant and graceful yogi in an asana can make you explode with admiration of the human body’s sheer power. Yoga photography provides an opportunity to witness ourselves in a way that’s impossible to do from the mat.
Appreciate your strong arms. Thank your balancing legs. Be grateful for your strong shoulders. Admire the entirety of your body wrapped up lovingly in itself as you shine through your exquisite form.
Beyond allowing you to witness the beauty of your own yoga practice, photography also complements yoga by providing visual feedback on proper form, and effortlessly documents the evolution and change of your practice over time.
Photography is a gift. One to yourself and from yourself.
See yourself. Be authentically seen.
Share your story.