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Yoga Photography: Showcasing the Potential of the Human Body

By Reginald Daugherty Subscribe to RSS | February 9th 2012 | Views:

You have landscape, portraiture, wedding, fine art, travel, street, macro, and many other fields that tackle certain aspects of photography. Under these are various subgenres that deal with something more specific. For example, child photography can be classified under portraiture. Portraits are one of the genres that contain many interesting subfields, and one of these fascinating specialties is yoga photography.

Yoga is a discipline which originated from India, which is a physical, mental, and spiritual experience all in one. In the Western World, it has become popular as a form of exercise with numerous health benefits. It increases flexibility, circulation, reduces stress, and triggers improvement in overall general health. Many practitioners of yoga report an increase in well-being after their session, which leads to a positive attitude that is generally appealing to portrait photographers.

The people who practice yoga can do all sorts of movements that increase flexibility. Due to repetitive practice of these movements, their bodies can do things that other people find difficult to do, like contorting their bodies, or stretching their legs in awkward positions. These are feats that common people cannot do, therefore making them interesting subjects to photographers.

In a typical studio, one can see many yoga photographs hanging on the wall. They show various poses that yoga students will try to do. Photographers capture the poses in a way that looks as real and as natural as possible, so those looking at the photos have a good grasp on how to properly do the movement. Aside from serving as a guide for those practicing in a studio, the difficult movements are the ones usually photographed, which can also serve as a goal, a target, or an inspiration for the students to do better.

For the person behind the camera, yoga photography is an interesting subfield because the subjects are usually very natural when going about their yoga movements. They show the effort required to replicate the movements, which also translates to genuine and moving paragraphs that show a lot of emotion. Yoga practitioners' great flexibility and toned bodies also allow the photographer to showcase the potential of the human body in photographs.

Yoga photos allow those who have not yet tried yoga to become curious and try it for themselves. In its raw and most natural form, yoga photography highlights the concentration, discipline, and meditation that practitioners try to perfect. The end result of their training, fit bodies and better well-being, make them the perfect subjects for photographers.

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