Monday, April 26, 2010

A photoshoot tomorrow

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I'm quite excited today and a bit nervous. I am doing a photoshoot tomorrow to capture some of the poses that I teach in the workplace so I can make up sequence sheets with non-pirated images. Most of what I teach in the workplace is very low impact - viniyoga moves, and gentle yoga. Things that can be detrimental to yoga for beginners in the workplace: weight bearing moves, balancing, strenuous or deep stretching, and vigorous pace. Instead, the focus is on movement and stretch while keeping the body as safe and relaxed as possible.

A big focus of this session will be on capturing low impact moves. I will however stick in a few more advanced postures just because I'm not sure when I'll have this opportunity again!

Which brings me to my very human admission of some body issues coming up as I prepare for the photo shoot. To be honest, I feel less-than as I look at beautiful long-limbed lean yogis online doing perfect sun salutations. My husband and I talked about this, and he said, what's the spirit you're bringing to this?

My answer is this. Self-acceptance and emotional growth are the basis with which I mark progress in my personal practice. Not the perfection of asana. I may carry extra weight as a result of my battle with and subsequent and ongoing recovery from compulsive overeating disorder, but I am strong and I am proud of all my body can do for me.

The decision to share some photos with the online community and with my students around my state in workplaces is a kind of coming out, a kind of acceptance of myself, a marking of a point in time, as I continue to grow and change.

So... I'm hoping to have some cool stuff coming up and I am excited and nervous, but I know I'm heading in the right direction. I can feel it. We shall see how the pics come back!


Tyran said...

Enjoy your photo shoot and remember that you have the right to action but not the fruits of action. (Bhagavad Gita 2:47) I believe this to be doubly true of photo shoots! :)

anna said...

Thank you Tyran :) I will keep those wise words at the top of my photo shoot shot list.

Lady J said...

Have a great photo shoot!
And good for you for accepting yourself and wanting to share. I find it very inspiring:)

Yolk E said...

Wow. Very brave move, Anna! I admire your willingness to be so bold. I know I definitely appreciate teachers and "models" whose bodies do not conform to lofty standards of beauty. Health should be the key, not a superficial bodily obsession.

Tiffany @ Moving Meditation said...

What a lovely post. And you have a lovely husband :)

I think it's terrific that you're doing this, and I hope you have a great time at the photo shoot!

anna said...

Thanks for the support everyone! This has stirred a lot of stuff up in me - putting myself out there like this. I really appreciate the words of support!

lz said...

This photoshoot is so exciting! You are so courageous in approaching this photoshoot with such perspective and awareness. Hope all went well!