A couple of fellow yoga practitioners from <a href=”http://www.ashtangayogacolumbus.com” target=”_blank”>Ashtanga Yoga Columbus</a> joined me for a photoshoot in the studio. This was my first yoga photoshoot, and quite enjoyable – both Dawn and Teresa are very experienced, and fun to shoot with – both inspiring my photography and my own yoga practice.
It was so much fun photographing yoga poses – some which take years of practice to build up the core strength needed. Yoga is combination of effort and dedication, but also of listening to your body and the mental chatter which arises. The community at Astanga Yoga Columbus is truly inspiring. They stretch beyond the studio to supporting each other and serving in the community. That’s something which strengthens not just the body, but the spirit through which we live. Backbends are also personally my most challenging pose – something I struggle with a lot. It’s amazing to see someone do this with such ease. Backbends tend to be the only pose which scares me, but this always strikes me as impossible. Stretching the limits of possibility isn’t necessarily the goal in yoga. I’ve found the purpose to be more for developing awareness and insight. It is inspiring being with people having fun in the studio, especially when their ideas bounce off each other. I was curious to try some silhouettes against black. Lit with two lights from behind, it produces a very intriguing photo. I love the lighting on this photo. The same photo, swapped out to a white background, has a very different effect. In an exercise intertwined with a spiritual origin, something quite profound arises from continued practice. Yoga has less to do with developing flexibility, and much more to do with understanding your true self.