The Ashtanga Yoga Picture Project was set up to address the need for diversity in the media regarding the representation of Ashtanga. When a newbie searches for Ashtanga on the web, what they see is not the average Ashtanga practitioner, but a video or picture of a teacher or accomplished student performing mind blowing and flawless asanas. This often intimidates people from trying the practice and proliferates this image that Ashtanga is only for people that are freakishly strong and flexible.
The average Ashtanga class is quite different. People from all walks of life come together for a practice that is perfect for every student but definitely not flawless. There are people with injuries and health conditions as well as those full of energetic vibrance. There are students who could walk the fashion runways of Paris located right alongside plain and simple folk. College coeds practice along with silver haired grandmothers. All races and ethnicities, LGBT, country boys and ghetto girls all share a nod when they roll out their mat. A boy with hips so open that his legs go behind his head practice right next to a woman for whom crossing her ankles takes tremendous effort.
This is what Ashtanga really looks like. This project seeks to embrace the diversity of Ashtanga practitioners in a very raw way. The final culmination will be a website where Ashtangi's from all over the world can submit pictures.
The vision for the website:
To provide positive and diverse images of Asthangi's from all walks of life that will inspire beginners to try the practice and encourage seasoned practitioners by showing them that they are not alone and that there are others out there just like them.
Stages of the Project
Stage 1: Yogis in Charlotte will meet to have pictures taken to launch the website. Why Charlotte? I live here and I am spearheading the project. Convenience.
Stage 2: Website creation
Stage 3: Website Launch
Stage 4: Reach out to the Ashtanga community and get Submissions. Set up Ashtanga Studio & and blog directory
Stage 5: Monetize website so that it is self sustaining and to supply yearly scholarships to attend the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore
How You can Be a Part of The Project
Come get your picture taken
Take Pictures In Your Community for the website premiere And Submit Them To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Build The Website: Submit Your Intent to email@example.com
Agree to Be A Part of the Project Once the Website is Launched: Contact Me at: shanna @wellnessfrominside.com