One of the things that I find hugely important in my life as a "creative" is to do personal work. The blog post before this one featured my friend and fellow photographer, Laura. She knew that I'm trying to build my yoga portfolio so she happily offered to do a bit of yoga "posing" for me and this is what came out of it. I'm very happy with what we created!
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw
Yoga has taught me to believe in this quote wholeheartedly.
I'm posting a few yoga portraits that I've taken of my fabulous friend and yoga mentor, Lauren Duker. A few years ago I went through a major transformation in my life and I feel that Lauren was one of those instrumental persons in my life who helped me through it. Yoga has a special meaning to me - it helped me face fears, grow, become stronger both mentally and physically and I can't help but feel that my life has been enriched (and prolonged) by doing yoga.
Now go get your Downward Dog on - Enjoy!
When we weren't doing yoga, we would go into town - Puerto Viejo was just a short 15 minute drive away. Puerto Viejo was an adorable surf town - right on the beach and a visual feast for me! We had dinner one night in a restaurant and apparently every evening at the same time, a sloth would appear and cross a beam in the restaurant. It was quite a sight!
The wildlife in Costa Rica was unreal! Snakes, howling monkeys, humming birds, toucans, parrots, scorpions, lizards, sloths - you name it! If you just stood still, the jungle would just move! It was both amazing and a bit unnerving at the same time! On my third night there, a scorpion fell from the ceiling on to my bed - after that, I had a mosquito net! Most favorite: waking up at 5:30am to howling monkeys. Least favorite: the cockroaches as big as a taco tortilla. Enjoy!
Where does one begin on trying to write about such a transformational experience?
First, I can't say enough about Peak Beings and Troy McPeak. Troy is an amazing teacher! His knowledge, experience, calm nature and patience in teaching was really just a perfect fit for me.
Also, the setting was beautiful and very nuturing: Samasati Nature Retreat was located in the jungle, far away from any distractions (FAR, FAR away - haha). We were fed vegetarian meals and surrounded by all the jungle your imagination could offer - toucans, howling monkeys, sloths, everything! It was a very unique experience! More photos to come on just the animal life there! And, still yet, more photos to come on the visits to Puerto Viejo - a surf town located just a 15 minute drive from the reserve.
Being immersed in this beautiful setting with a great group of people was just a heart opening experience! I learned so much about myself and yoga and made some really great friends! Enjoy the photos!
I was incredibly lucky to spend a month in Costa Rica back in January to become a certified yoga teacher! My trip was amazing in so many different ways, I don't know where to begin. The scenery was raw and beautiful, my yoga experience was transformational and I met some really great people along the way!
There were so many photo "experiences" that I just can't digest them all into one or two blog posts (my head would explode, haha). So, I will be putting together a series of posts. It only seems fair to start with something really dramatic, like a black sand beach located in Puerto Viejo - Playa Negra. My friend Alicia was kind enough to do some yoga poses for me (and cover herself with black sand!)....
Meet my good friend, Kelly! She's amazingly talented and she will be co-authoring/contributing to a new website in the works called Yoga Stories. The idea of Yoga Stories came to me one day after reflecting how deeply and profoundly that yoga has affected my life. I knew there had to be many other stories of how one found yoga and the idea was born to photograph and document people's lives and share their "yoga story" and provide inspiration to others to do yoga! Sounds fun, doesn't it?