March 31, 2014

The Candy Colors of Acro Yoga.... The Start of the book........

As my moods have changed as well as my curiousness about Yoga! My attempt at yoga over the years has been an experience. Lets just say, sometimes the mind can do more then the body wishes... But it is my fascination with yoga, the purity of it, the art of it, and the relationship of self that has brought me here. One of the best feelings for me is when class has ended and I have the feeling and sensation of walking on bubble wrap with out the popping sound.

My appreciation for the art and love of yoga has grown into an addiction. Every session teaches me a new lesson, which incorporates the art of achieving a higher level of mind, body & soul.

Then I met Dawn and Mark Oliver at Yogiiza on Miami Beach. My outlook on yoga did a 180 it completely changed simply by them inviting me one night to there studio and introducing me to Acro Yoga... 

I was hooked, I watched and I was pulled in, I saw balance, I saw the strength which it took to control of the motion. I saw how the partners worked together cohesively, breathing, hands in hands, legs twisting, torsos flexing and then locating the exact body location for support that is needed to achieve some of the most difficult posses to form the most brilliant statue like poses, Trust, no fear, believing and repeating it over and over again until it is absolutely perfect.  It is a dance it is a graceful exchange of weight, of breaths of air, it is the most perfect action of 2 souls coming together.

Which has brought me to here and now.

With the help of Renee Dillman my assistant, together we came up with an idea, we wanted to create images that were not ""pure"" in the sense of how we think about yoga, how we practice yoga in the perfect place, where we are able to open and begin breathing and moving into a state of mediation * there would be no amazing beach, there will be no studio over looking a great valley in some remote jungle, there would be none of that.

And then my mind went black and I wanted to take this beauty I wanted to take the most perfect bodies, the most advanced acro yogi's I could find and then taint it.  

What we did was started seeking out locations that were the complete opposite of a typical locations for us to shoot the beauty of one Yoga Master, One perfect yoga person at the most desirable bluff, or studio with a view. Been there done that more then a few times for clients. 

Now we have solo yogis, we have acro yoga partners, we have acro yoga couples, now we have these amazing, gifted people contacting us to partake in our shoots.

We found old cement factories, we found recycled tire plants, we found junk yards, we found gun ranges, we used the walls of Wynnwood, we used a studio of a guy who rebuilds old classic motorcycles, All the locations were found through friends, through friends of friends and believe me this is the just the start.
(Thank you guys)  

These are all great locations but my next group of images that I'm currently shooting are very dark and very morbid. This is the trail that we are on, because we are again focusing on that yoga is a mind set that no matter how old you are, no matter what shape you are in, no matter of social class, no matter of your level of experience or location anyone could achieve this higher level just by attending a few classes. Finding inner peace during the most intense situations, How your breathing relates to your energy, to the color of your hue around you. 

At first I was hesitant on showing any of the images. I wanted to keep it hidden I wanted to keep working on this project and the reflection it is having on me personally. It is still a growing body of work that is evolving into something more unique, something richer for me internally and that is the driving force of why I am sharing some of the images now. 

Special thanks to my assistant Renee Dillman without her hard work and dedication this series would not of had a starting point for a new beginning.

Without the following we would not have had any shoots:

Craig at We Love Colors for providing us with all the leggings, tops, socks and more. 

On to the people who found the time, drove the extra mile, took a chance, climbed a tower, worked on the ropes over battered, broken cars, who bend over backwards 25 feet off the ground across two stones 4 feet apart, jumped over fences, barbed wire, crawled under god knows what to get in and many other things we needed to do to get what we got....:) AWESOME, AWESOME  AWESOME! 

If in Miami, Fort Lauderdale you want to meet and get involved with Yoga or Acro Yoga:  Here’s your chance to work and meet some the toughest, kindest, warmest, friendliest and above all amazing yoga teachers and students here in South Florida: 

A huge shout out to: 

Charly Acro Om and Arianne Traverso :TRIO - Mind Body Spirit Studio and AcroYoga
Jessica Chin Fong: Yoga Teacher at Yoga Connection

Rob Newmans and Megan Johnson the Slacro-duo  ACRO YOGA,

Victor Nieves, Brice Lafosse, Bethany Sheriden, Karen Arias, Aziza Lubaya~ 

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