Yoga Photoshoots Are Weird and Scary

May 10, 2016 • Body Image, Recovery, Yoga, Yoga and Body Image Coalition • Views: 2273

A couple of months ago, I decided to have my very first professional yoga photos taken. It’s become such a huge part of my business and my life (while I don’t consider myself advanced), that it felt like the right time. The Yoga and Body Image Coalition shared a couple of them in support of their t-shirt and tank sales, and I had also been asked back in January to write a very personal point-of-view essay for a well-known yoga publication. YBIC has been AWESOME, but I never heard back from the magazine.

So, I’m sharing these with you now, and asking you one thing: If someone shares their deepest, darkest secrets with you and is brave enough to tell his/her story, acknowledge how incredible that is. That’s what Body Boop is all about. Through sharing, we all grow stronger.

I can’t even begin to explain how weird and scary a yoga photoshoot is. You see people bending and headstand-ing all over the fucking place on Instagram, but nobody tells you WHAT LOOKS GOOD in pictures. Like, there’s not a filter to remove my rolls from my side so I guess I’m just going to have to deal with it?

ALSO WHO SMILES WHEN THEY’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DIFFICULT, SWEATY YOGA CLASS. Please tell me.

When I first looked at these photos, I felt FAT and ASHAMED and UNACCOMPLISHED. And I still have those moments. But over time, I’ve become PROUD of myself for doing this and STRONG that I’ve gotten myself back into yoga in just a short six months. And if a magazine doesn’t think my story is flashy enough or my photos are yogi enough, then I’m gonna go do my thing anyways. CUZ INSTAGRAM IS NOT REAL LIFE Y’ALL. I can’t do a headstand but god look how good I look.

I mean this is reality.

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Thank you to John Nunu Zomot for these amazing photos and to Bottom Line Yoga for the use of the studio. xoxo

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4 Responses to Yoga Photoshoots Are Weird and Scary

  1. Thank you for sharing this! Yes, yoga photos are weird and scary. Our society is so consumed with image that we often neglect to appreciate the experience that’s happening beyond the image. Nicole, your photos shed light on the fact that yoga is MORE than poses. Yoga isn’t about what the body can do but the connection to the body while doing the pose. Your friends that Bottom Line Yoga miss you!

    • Nicole Rohr Stephani says:

      Thanks, Lauren! I miss you all, too. Yoga IS more than poses. It has helped me accept my body in a way I could have never imagined. 🙂

  2. Marty Harger says:

    I love these photos! You are encouraging what is real and honest in all of us, letting your true self shine out. This is what yoga is all about. Real people on their journey. A standing “O” for you, Nicole!

    • Nicole Rohr Stephani says:

      Thank you, Marty! Yoga has been so important in my acceptance of my body (on good days and bad). 🙂

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