To see you naked is to recall the Earth.
— FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Casida de la Mujer Tendida
At a time where the yoga ‘industry’ has become highly controversial, it seems we’re all still trying to ‘find ourselves’. Or, maybe what we are really trying to do is to lose ourselves, and shake off the identification with ego, at least for some brief flickering moment within a day. Know that this photograph you see is not new. It was taken over 7 months ago (at the time of this writing). There was no desire, nor a need, to push it out onto the world which is already saturated with global yogis frequently sharing the latest ass-ana (pun intended) for the world to ‘like’. It would be wrong not to include myself in that category.
So why share this photo now? The image comes to you completely raw and un-airbrushed, with the assistance of the most essential lighting set up and a pro photographer who knows what he is doing (aka. Bill Delaney). What you see here, it is simply me. And, as we all were, I was born into this world completely bare, and I shall take my skin and bones back to the earth when my time here in this form is up. But, it’s also more than that. This photo represents many things…
It is yoga as asana, which is pure, without any clothing or brand endorsement.
It is shape, form, light, darkness, lines, space, curves, and shadows.
It is a celebration of a woman’s body.
It is me stepping (in fact leaping) utterly outside my comfort zone.
It is collaboration with another creative soul.
It is an embodiment of strength, in all forms.
It is a celebration of all women, in all proportions.
…Laying oneself on the line with this kind of vulnerability generally doesn’t go without criticism (whether made publicly, or behind the computer screen quietly and anonymously). But such is life. We cannot please everyone. All we can do is continue to on our unique path, and receive the opportunities and challenges as they arrive as if there were nothing more delightful to dive into.
And, with that, these words seem to make it all feel just A-OK…
There’s something therapeutic about nudity … Take away the Gucci or Levi’s and we’re all the same.
— KEVIN BACON, Style magazine, 1999