Over the weekend, I finally watched the two episodes of Yoga Sutra Now that I taped for Veria Living TV over a year ago. Back in the fall of 2012, I was about six months post-knee surgery and I was just returning to my yoga practice. Little did I know then that yoga would play such a big part of my healing process. Around that time was when I really started to get what yoga was all about and how it clicked into my life, like the last piece of a puzzle.
I always find it funny to see myself in videos. It’s not quite how I expect to sound or to move or to act. It’s interesting how the image you create in your head does (or does not) match up with what you see on film.
Watching my yoga practice? That kind of made me cringe.
Maybe cringe is the wrong word. I don’t mean that in a self-critical, negative talk way. My practice just looks so different from what it is now. Looking at it now as a yoga teacher myself, there are so many things that I wanted to adjust in my poses, to pull myself into alignment – the extension in my arms, length in my torso, and engagement in my legs.
But it made me realize how much my practice has changed over the past year plus – the potential that anything has to change when you dedicate time and effort and practice.
I’ve talked about how I believe that photography can be a powerful learning tool and that yoga selfies do have a place in documenting the progression of one’s practice. Even though it made me uncomfortable to watch, I’m grateful for those videos because they document a starting point.
A couple of weeks ago, I did a photo shoot with Jen Brister from Brister Photo. I have been meaning to have a proper headshot taken and finally got in touch with Jen. It was meant to be just headshots but I saw her amazing photos for Dear Kate and I knew that I wanted something more.
It was a bit indulgent, I admit. I mean, did I really need professional yoga photos taken? Probably not. Did I want them. Yes.
During the shoot, it felt like just me on my mat which is odd considering someone was circling around me with a camera and asking me to do it again or hold a pose for one more second.
I love how the photos turned out and I’m grateful to have these to document another point in my life and in my practice.
Seriously, if you are in New York City or the Hudson Valley and are looking for a photographer, I cannot recommend Jen highly enough.
Have you witnessed the power of practice recently?
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