The practice of yoga is a constant journey and evolution. This blog is about experiencing and learning through the journey.There are countless opportunities for discovery, challenge, enjoyment and comic relief.It’s a journey that will never end, always a Yogini in Progress. Enjoy the journey!
Monday, January 21, 2013
With Closed Eyes and a Camera Lens
Sometimes when I practice, it's with my
eyes closed. It started at the gym yoga classes as a way to block
out competitive urges or avoid the 360 degrees of mirrors interfering
with my drishti (focus). Seriously, how can pay attention when
everything you have self-doubt about is all right there in front of
you, magnified for the masses to see!?!
When my eyes are closed, I become
invisible to the people around me (at least it feels I do). Closing
my eyes has allowed me to find a pathway to introspection, focus on
the practice and a way to challenge myself.
Vasistasana with Utthita Padangusthasana
The vision of my physical body through
my physical eyes at times leads to self doubt, criticism and a little
too much thought about what others may think. But, when my eyes are
closed I depend on the interpretation of my inner eye. Looking
inward, it's easier to experience the practice as is bubbles up from
within. What I see is based on more than what the practice looks
like, it's defined by what it feels like. Denying the
external view has allowed me to move past competitive comparisons and
become more accepting of my physical attributes.
A while back I read a blog about things
you'll start doing, now that you're doing yoga. One of the items
was; you will start taking picture of yourself in yoga poses, often.
When I first read this, I thought, “Oh, not me.” I hate having
my picture taken. But, it was true, it started innocently enough,
trying to get a better view of my shoulder dipping in a challenging
arm balance. Then, it snowballed to pictures during workshops and at
outdoor yoga events.
Recently, I had the opportunity to have
some yoga pictures taken by a professional photographer. It was a
fun night with other yoginis pretending we were yoga models. But,
the most fun was the revelation of the resulting images. This is how
I look when my eyes are closed! The photographer was able to capture how
I feel throughout my whole being. It was lovely to find the internal
view matched the external one.
If you are in the Omaha area and are
looking for a photographer, consider Christopher Tierney of CTF Foto.