The Path To Bodhichitta

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Picture Perfect

I have always admired the models who grace the covers and pages of Yoga Journal, but after today, that admiration has morphed into deep respect.

"Pick your favourite poses," the manager of my yoga studio urged, after convincing me to be among the models for the studio's new brochures. Sounded easy enough.

It was only when I stepped in front of the lens that the truth smacked me squarely in the face. My favourite poses are completely different from poses that I can hold for...well, what feels like forever. So out went kakasana (crow), sirsasana (headstand) and natarajasana (Lord Nataraja). And not only did I have to stay frozen in place, I was also ordered to portray a picture of serenity and bliss. I eventually settled for halasana (plough), padangusthasana (tiptoe), ardha maysendrasana (spinal twist), bhujangasana (cobra) and vibrabdharasana I (warrior I).

I learnt two things from that shoot - my ego is still very much alive and loose clothes makes me look like a sack in sirsasana. Still, the shoot brought a different intrepretation and mood to the asanas. I no longer thought solely about the alignment but also about the grace in which I held the them.

And one day, I would really like to be able to choose vrischikasana (scorpion) as part of my asana lineup for a photoshoot. It is and will always be my favourite pose.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the new brochures, is it for Y2H?


5:50 PM  
Blogger starlight said...

yes, for Y2H. i'm just keeping my fingers crossed that i look like i know what i'm doing! :)

6:55 PM  

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