“Was there a more difficult lesson for a human being to learn, a paradox harder to accept? Even though the greater emotions, the great truths, were universal; even though the mind of humanity was ultimately one mind, still, each and every single individual had to establish his or her own special, personal, particular, unique, direct, one-on-one, hands-on relationship with reality, with the Universe and with the Divine. It might be complicated, it might be a pain in the ass, it might be, most of all, lonely – but it was the bottom line. It was as different for everybody as it was the same, so everybody had to take control of their own life, define their own death, and construct their own salvation.” – Tom Robbins
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that in translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” – Martha Graham
Some of these photos are available at my Etsy shop. If there is a photo you would like to purchase that is not in my shop, please let me below.
Well, I am officially a certified yoga teacher as well as a yoga photographer here in lovely Boulder, Colorado! I still have to muster up the courage to actually get in front of people and teach now, something I am completely and utterly terrified of. But like my teacher says, if you are nervous, that means it is important to you. And “all your dreams are on the other side of fear.”
As a yoga photographer, I capture amazing people express their uniqueness and connection to nature by putting themselves into these shapes or yoga poses. But these “poses” can seem to have a stagnant or frozen conotation which couldn’t be further from the truth. These asana, or yoga poses are inherently dynamic. They are about an internal experience, an opening to a stronger and more flexible body, more balanced energy, a more open heart and clearer awareness. The word asana is usually translated as “pose” or “posture” but its more literal meaning is “comfortable seat.”
Even when we practice yoga and hold a pose, we are still in motion, our heart is still beating, the circulatory system is functioning, there are nerve impulses, the breath is flowing in and out.
These asanas or shapes or expressions we put ourselves in resemble animals, nature, brave warriors and wise sages. Each movement demands that we hone some aspect of our consciousness and use ourselves in a new way. By exploring both familiar and unfamiliar postures we are also expanding our consciousness, so that regardless of the situation or form we find ourselves in, we can remain “comfortably seated” in our center.
In asana practice, there is an dynamic internal dance happening in the posture. What is the difference between an asana and a stretch or calisthenic exercise is that in asana practice we focus our mind’s attention completely in the body. We can move as a unified whole and listen what the body has to tell us.
So, I am absolutely jazzed to capture these beautiful expressions of asana and to show how they are so much more than just “poses.”
Hey guys, since moving to Whitefish, MT, we have been really focused on getting our fixer-upper house to a state where we are not all going completely insane. It has been a challenge at times because this spot needed a great deal of love. So, this meant I had to put photo sessions on hold for a few months. I have been getting my fix of beautiful landscape shots all the time in the gorgeous area, but now I really miss the connection and power of portraits.
So as a special offer to Flathead County for the month of December, I am offering one-hour photo sessions for only $150. All edited images will be in color and black and white on CD with digital rights for you to print and share.