In 2018, not long after I had started teaching, I got introduced to a photographer called Alan Thomas and hired him to take some photos of me for my new business as a yoga teacher.
It quickly became a creative partnership, involving yoga, photographs, videos, music and guided meditations.
Just after the first photos we took, I wrote a blog called Human Doing Yoga where I explained how I had been looking for inspiration and had initially felt inadequate in comparison to the lithe figures in advanced postures that I saw on Instagram.
I came to the conclusion that I’m perfectly happy simply being a human who does yoga, and that I was just trying to encourage people to come to yoga, not to make people marvel at my body and the positions I could get it in.
Alan and I decided then that we really need to see more images of everyday people doing everyday yoga postures. We both teach yoga, and the people who come to yoga regularly are generally a representation of the people we see walking about on the street every day. Most of them are not acrobats, they are not all naturally flexible, they are of all different ages, they have different abilities and disabilities and they have all different body types. We love to see all bodies doing yoga – thin and acrobatic as well, we just don’t want that to be all that we see and we don’t want people to think that you have to aspire to look like that to practice yoga. We also think everyone deserves to be in cool photographs.
So, the Humans Doing Yoga project was born.
Our intention is to create a collection of images, videos and stories about the lovely humans (that’s you) who come to yoga classes every day.
We believe that yoga has the power to transform how you see yourself and how you see the world and we want as many people as possible to open up their bodies and minds to the peace of mind and self-acceptance that yoga can awaken in you, as it has for us.
We want to share your favourite postures, pets, and spaces. We want to show people the joy that we all experience in practising yoga. These images will be shared on our website, on social media and in a book.
Tag us using #humansdoingyoga on Instagram to be featured or fill out the form below to be featured on the website. No cost and no free yoga clothes, but you'll be helping us to change the predominant image of who we see practising yoga online.
Lets change the feed from above to a more realistic representation of who actually practices yoga, like below