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The Ashtanga Picture Project Is For All Bodies + How We Can Change The World

dancer8  I have gotten a couple of e-mails regarding the pictures on the site not representing the general population. On my About  page, I make it very clear that this project is for all bodies. I want to remind everyone that this is a community driven website. I post what I get.

Lets not talk about what is wrong with the world and wait for others to fix it. Lets do it ourselves. If you think that fast food is healthy, boycott the restaurants. If you don’t like violence against animals, speak up. If you feel that the Asthanga Picture Project does not represent you, send in your pictures and blog posts.

Yes, the pictures here are beautiful but these are real people. They are not models. They are not contortionists and gymnasts. They are ashtanga students who have worked hard to get where they are. They believed in the project and they shared their practice. Some pictures are also submitted by photographers, who are also ashtangis, who have the ability to capture beauty through film and they want to share it.

I welcome everyone. The small, the little, the big the tall. All races. All ages. All sizes. Beginners-Advanced. Half Primary to 4th series practitioners. It doesn’t matter if you can bind, not bind. If you bend your knees or keep your legs straight. Rather you can jump back or not.

I am not filtering pictures. I have not gotten pictures of people who don’t bind in Mari D. I have not gotten pictures of people who don’t do lotus. I have not gotten pictures of people who bend their knees in forward folds. You send them I post them.

No, they do not have to be professional.Yes, they must be good quality. They have to be of Ashtanga poses.

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail shanna@ashtangayogaproject.com.

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