Body-image, beauty & bravery: A Just B Yoga photo shoot

Body-image, beauty & bravery: A Just B Yoga photo shoot

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For many of us being in front of a camera  Рmuch less doing yoga! Рconjures feelings of dread and even disdain.

We don’t feel the camera flatters us.

Photographer Roxanne Frith directs yoga students into poses for Just B Yoga photo shoot.

Photographer Roxanne Frith directs yoga students into poses for Just B Yoga photo shoot.

We are afraid to see our bodies.

We are afraid of judgment.

Last weekend several Just B Yoga students took a brave leap to be in front of a camera, in yoga poses.

They were helping us promote our Yoga 2eXceL, curvy-friendly yoga class. (Monday, Thursday 7:30 p.m.)

But they also made a statement about body-image and beauty and their yoga journey.

Yoga helps us confront our inner demons as well as our exterior ones. Getting past that negative voice inside our head is often the hardest obstacle. Then we can move freely inside of these external bodies and find joy as we explore and define strength and grace.

Doing all of that is hard enough alone as a self practice. In a yoga class in front of other people? That’s even harder. Doing it in front of a camera making images for the world to see? Brave.

Check out this poignant animated dcoumentary: “Yoga for larger bodies” animated documentary.

Thank you to our yoga models, Angela Brown, Courtney Stocker, Connnie Bonnie Perkins and Katie Cook.

With the help of Roxanne Frith, local photographer and artist, we explored poses that made us feel:

STRONG

Yoga 2eXceL students in Buddha  Squat.

Yoga 2eXceL students in Buddha Squat.

BALANCED

Connie Bonnie Perkins in half moon pose.

Connie Bonnie Perkins in half moon pose.

 

BEAUTIFUL

Courtney Stocker with Katie Cook doing gate pose (parighasana)

Courtney Stocker with Katie Cook doing gate pose (parighasana)

FLEXIBLE

Connie Bonnie in baddha konasana yoga pose.

Connie Bonnie in baddha konasana yoga pose.

VULNERABLE (WE DID POSES WE’D NEVER DONE BEFORE)

Katie Cook in upward facing dog.

Katie Cook in upward facing dog.

SILLY (WE LAUGHED AND EVENTUALLY LOOSENED UP)

Yoga isn't yoga until we can make silly faces and hold the pose.

Yoga isn’t yoga until we can make silly faces and hold the pose.

 

I can’t express how proud I am of each of them for being willing to be on their yoga mat in front of a lens to let us all see their true selves and their yoga practice.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]It makes me feel good about myself. And I feel like it’s something I can do even though it’s hard.[/quote] – Angela Brown

 

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]It shows me where my limits and edges are and how to go beyond them, and also it keeps me somewhat sane…I would recommend Yoga 2eXceL for anyone. You don’t have to have a certain type of body to do yoga and do yoga meaningfully and grow from it. [/quote] – Katie Cook

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