Talents of seasoned yoga practitioners-teachers and professional photographers combined…nobody ever asked what was the shoot for and what was in it for him/her. Each one did just what s/he loves to do and did it for free. Pure human spirit at work. All for the love of yoga. (Well, maybe not YET in Neil’s case. His motivation was more for the love of…photography?) If it were not so, then I don’t know why this event happened.
It all started last February when my plan of putting together a coffee table book on yoga did not materialize and, after sharing my shattered idea with Crissy, she picked the pieces together and started identifying yoga practitioners and/or teachers who would be willing to have their pictures taken while they do their practice. I do not quite remember anymore why I thought of Jon when he was not even in Manila at this time—maybe because of his self-portrait which he posted in his now defunct multiply account. So I linked Jon and Crissy via email, who did not know each other. Then Jon requested that we include in the pictorial Trin, his good friend, who graciously albeit hesitantly accepted our invitation. Crissy, Trin, and I knew one another from the Vinyasa Yoga Center. The date was set in March when I was out of Manila myself. At this time, Neil was not yet in the picture, pun intended, he he. So we were just “linked” together. Nobody gave anyone directions yet everything just worked out fine. Someone must have directed all these. Natural order of things!
As Crissy said, let’s see where these things will lead us. For the meantime, we are simply delighted with the beautiful shots that came out. Below are a couple of my amatuer shots:
After the shoot, we invaded Crissy’s kitchen (thanks to her mom and sister-in-law) for lunch. Yogi Jon turned chef that moment, preparing lentil soup, Filipinized samosa / Indian lumpia, and salad with two choices of dressing for us. Sarap!
What a day, born out of the generosity of each soul. And to each of them, I say namaste.