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Dancers pose

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.

side bend

wild thing

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.

upward salute and crow

ardha uttanasana

reverse warrior

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.

king pigeon

parsvotanasana

eagle legs

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.

headshots

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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Comments

  1. says

    Absolutely gorgeous photos Christine! I think you have a future in the pages of Yoga Journal. I recently won a 30 minute photo session and was contemplating getting running/yoga pics of myself. Indulgent, yes but it’s good to see yourself like that every once in awhile. Beautiful work my friend!
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  2. says

    Love the photos! That yoga studio is gorgeous and your poses are the perfect specimen for the space!! I’ve thought about getting professional photos taken if only to preserve this time in my life when I feel like I’m at the peak of my training and I want to remember it; I want my kids to see it and my grandkids. These photos will be something your whole family can cherish for a lifetime! Just beautiful.
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  3. says

    LOVE THESE PICS!!!! they are stunning and you look amazing – your body, your poses, all of it!! I hear you on the self critique though, funny because M came to my man up to the barre classes this weekend and took pics (between begrudging working out hehe, aka me kicking his a$$!) and some of those included me in them,, and it was WEIRD to see myself teaching since I don’t usually have someone taking pics ;-) but also kind of cool, outside looking in :)
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    • says

      Thank YOU. I’m glad that I did this. I’m glad that I have this to document a part of my life. PS I love that you do a man up to the barre for Valentine’s Day. How fun!
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  4. says

    Those are such beautiful photos! Be proud of indulging…I often think I do not have enough photos of myself, and one day, I know I will wonder…what did I look like when I was that age?!

    • says

      Thank you Marnie! I had been thinking about that a lot lately – that I don’t have photos of myself and particularly not with my kids usually because I don’t “feel” pretty at the time. I’m glad to have these photos (and others!) to share with my boys.
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  5. says

    Oh yay!!! I love them! Beautiful photos, Christine!!!! (I’ve been dying to photograph a yogi!)

    And as a photographer, let me just say….that it is NOT in any way “indulgent” to have been photographed doing something that means SO much to who you are. Your yoga practice…the journey…is very much a part of who you are, Christine, and for that reason alone, you SHOULD have it photographed. One of these days, your boys are going to look at their beautiful mother in some beautiful photos doing what she loved to do…and they’ll share those photos with their kids. Their kids will ooo and ahh over you…just as I do when I look at photos of my grandmother. Believe me, I’m not saying this because I’m in the business…I’m saying this as someone who loves the art and the amazing moments in the lives of others that it captures. It’s why I do what I do.

    That was the longest explanation of why I don’t think it was indulgent. LOL
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    • says

      Thank you so much Melissa! I am really glad that I did this. It’s true – I was really happy when I did this session and I hope the photos capture some of that.

      P.S. If you ever want a yoga model…
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  6. says

    So glad you’re viewing the yoga photos/video as a learning experience. You are so right in that it can be a powerful too. That being said, I don’t want to watch a video of myself running, not EVER. LOL

    Love your headshots!!
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  7. says

    Beautiful photos!
    I get that same feeling whenever I watch videos of myself as a brand new mother – the milestone moments like first bath or coaxing crawling that you record because of the milestone it is for the baby but oh what perspective it brings to me and my mothering.
    I also feel the same when I read old things I’ve written. Oh how far I’ve come (and how far I have to go, in a good way!)
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  8. Amy says

    Hey – you’re even wearing one of your shirts from your friends’ styling aren’t you? I love the pictures and think it’s great you did it. It’s a new turn for you so why not document it? I cannot stand to see pictures or video of me running – although every time it does help me correct posture or position.

    • says

      Funny because I just bought this shirt and then my friend suggested it to me! So I guess it was a good pick :-)

      I learn so much about my form, etc. when I see video of me moving. It’s not always pretty but I do always learn something from it.
      Christine Yu recently posted..9 DaysMy Profile

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