Besides photography, the Ashtanga yoga practice has, over time, grown to be the other big interest in my life, and for a long time I’ve been looking for the best way to bridge the two in a personal project. The opportunity arrived last November when I had the idea to photograph a group of yoga friends in silhouette, to capture the forms that we make with our bodies every morning.
I took my first Ashtanga yoga class in November 2009 in Palo Alto, and five years (and a few months) later, the ritual of rolling out my mat and moving along with the breath is now a permanent fixture of my daily routine. That in itself is remarkable, given that I’m really good at giving excuses for avoiding things that make me uncomfortable. This practice has taught me tons about courage, discipline and the value of effort in any undertaking worth doing. But most of all, it’s taught (and is still teaching) me the art of remaining at ease in uncomfortable situations, and how to hold that ease with a certain degree of equanimity.
And so it was that I got to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends making these portraits which I’m excited to share here and on my portfolio. Enjoy.