There is something so magical about witnessing someone's reflection in a lake or pool of water. There is also something magical when we see a still image completely back lit by the sun so the subject appears completely black. These qualities are often only witnessed when looking at a frozen moment in time taking the form of a photograph. To me these photos represent the deeper layers of our being. A glimpse into our true nature that is shadowed by the activity of the mind. When I look at these images I often find I can diffuse a negative pattern of thinking I might have developed that day, surrendering to the awe and beauty of this beautiful world.
I've teamed up with YogoGirls this month for an instagram collaboration. It's pretty damn obvious we both like to get a bit artsy with our interpretation and exploration of yoga so we thought what better than looking at balancing out chakras ? Each chakra has a color and specific group of yoga poses associated with it which leaves plenty of room for creative interpretation and we love to get creative!
Root chakra – Muladhara | Color: Red
Located at the base of the spine and related to our basic need for survival, safety and security. It is the sense of ‘I HAVE’.
When the muladhara is blocked we can feel anxious, insecure and frustrated. We often victimize ourselves and find it hard to stand in our power, feeling like we don’t belong anywhere. Physical ailments like constipation, weak bones, and knee problems are associated with this chakra. The male’s sexual organs are located in this chakra, which could be the reason why, for men, sex is primarily a physical response. A healthy root chakra promotes feelings of security and encourages exploration to find your life's purpose and achieve success. A balanced root chakra also generates the flow of energy to all other chakras.
When I look at these photos together, they evoke all different types of emotions. Images like Symbols have a powerful effect on the human mind. The same image can create a totally unique experience for 2 different people depending on what emotional, physical or mental state they are in.
The story below is about friendship, support and love. I chose not to write captions below so you can fill in the gaps and create your own experience.
If you're feeling inspired, write your own captions and in the comments below share with me the story these photographs evoke in your mind and heart.
I've spent a lot of my life thinking rather than doing. There were always so many options to choose from I just couldn't keep focused on one thing. I wanted to use my body physically so I thought I should go into personal training (this was before I discovered yoga) I wanted to work with people so I thought to be a massage therapist, but more than anything I always wanted to be creative, I took photos, I painted a little, I made beautiful diaries and collages. I tried it all, but I didn't know how to bring it all together.
A few months ago I realised that I can be everything, in fact I'm in my element being this multi tasking girl. Using my yoga practice, my body to make art. Using photography to inspire people to practice yoga and think outside the square. It's finally working - the reason I know it is, is because I'm happy, I'm inspired and I no longer fear what people will think.
Yoga is a practice, its a way of life but its also a platform for self expression, a place for the soul to experience itself. We can say the same thing about art so why not marry the 2?