Welcome to my non-textual creation! This piece was inspired by my passion for yoga (my quarantine hobby). This past year, yoga has helped me find peace physically and mentally: it reconnects me to my body and mind when I feel lost or uncomfortable. Yoga strengthens the mind/body/spirit connection that is sometimes lost in our fast-paced, commercial world. Just taking a few minutes out of your day to prioritize you and your health can truly be life-changing! Although I’ve been doing yoga for a little less than a year, I still have so much to learn and am really just a beginner. The physical aspects of yoga come pretty easily to me, but I really struggle with the mental and spiritual aspects. Recently, I’ve been trying to focus on staying in the present, leaving my ego out of my practice, and connecting movements to breath.
This series of photos aims to express how different yoga poses make me feel, both mentally and physically. I decided to create my own yoga flow with some of my favorite poses (or ones that really challenge me!). In my red notebook, I wrote down a list of words decribing how each pose makes me feel.
After convincing my brother to indulge me in a yoga photoshoot, I used a photo editing app for a multimedia element to my pictures. This was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but I ended up having a lot of fun (as well as lots of frustration) editing the photos. My greatest challenge in this project was simply posting these photos on a public domain. I don’t love having my picture taken, and seeing the photos made me extremely self-conscious of my yoga practice. In many photos, I tried to hide my face or turn away from the camera. But I’m embracing the discomfort and inviting you to follow along through this yoga flow. Perhaps you’ll find some clarity and connect to your mind and body. Don’t be afraid to fail, either– we all start somewhere!