All photos via Robert Sturman Photography.
I am inspired by yogis with the daring to practice their yoga in public spaces. When you bring yoga to a busy street corner, or a crowded subway station, you make a statement about what it means to share yoga with the community at large.
You invite others to witness the practice and its transformative power.
One photographer who captures this beautifully is Robert Sturman. I follow his posts on Facebook and am constantly amazed by the sense of raw presence found in his photos.
These yogis are daring. They are bold, precious, luminous.
And a lot goes into what they are doing, and a lot goes into the image that results.
As Robert says of the photography process: We do a lot to bring these pictures to life. I basically have to get so low that my cheek is on the ground and I am smelling the stink of feet and tobacco. But, as Jackson Pollock so eloquently put it, "When I am in my work, nothing else matters."
He asked Sarah, pictured at the beginning of this post, about what it took for her to bring this pose, this image, and this story to life.
Having complete faith in the practice of yoga (of which the physical asana for me is just a tiny part), in the creative process and in your art reflecting the heart and intention of the asana. This means that even in the most unlikely spaces- here the Victoria line at rush hour there is a glint in the eye and the possibility of finding inner quiet and peace.
Isn't that breathtaking? I love the sense that there is so much dedication going into the yoga itself, as well as the artist capturing it.