Living in the Moment: Yoga as a Source of Artistic Inspiration
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words…and sometimes when you are speechless—a photograph is a good place to start.
Yoga is my art, my dance. Yoga has re-awakened my spirituality. Yoga is my stability, my refresh, my favourite drug, my clear voice; Yoga is the channel to my intuition.
Both in front and behind the camera lens, I have a passion for yoga. Yoga, like a photograph, stops a moment in time. It is the stilling of the mind, the ability to live in the present moment, the NOW. When we move our bodies into a pose we come to focus on our breath, the inhale, the exhale, the pause, where the breath is traveling through our body. We focus on our alignment: keeping the hips square, spine straight, shoulders back, internally rotating the thighs... all our energy is focused on the pose—the present moment, the being in that exact moment in space and time.
I’ve been blessed to travel to some pretty amazing locations. Dropping by helicopter in Alaska, I've found myself at the top of untouched peaks, seated among 10 million acres of pure mountain heaven. There are no words to describe this heavenly experience, and the photos are merely an eclipse of the true magic it is.
If you look closely, the small dots to the right of the helicopter, are my peers, getting ready to ski down the forever dreamed of, “Pontoon Peak.”
This photo is a reminder of how small we are in this beautiful world, a reminder to cherish every single “Now” for the beauty that it beholds.
“To be”: a pure state of being…alive and present in this very moment. Billions of years of glacial movement have carved out the land to form the mountains that we are about to ski, a beautiful evolution of time and space…living in an age where we have the technology to fly in a machine, that drops us off onto natures peaks, two skis strapped to our feet, we fly…. majestically across the powder fields and into pure bliss. Is this some sort of miracle? The fact that we exist here on the earth, in this exact moment, with these constitutions, is something extraordinary.
I often find myself in this same state of bliss through Yoga. Knowing that I, my physical body, am made up of the same elements of the nature I am experiencing; the true nature of the divine within and all around. NAMASTE.
Holly Shankland is a Certified Yoga Teacher based out of Lake Tahoe, California. Traveling the world as a professional photographer, she brings yoga along to keep her balanced and grounded.