About Satya Yogis
The internet is full of pretty high-gloss pictures of beautiful people doing yoga in dreamy locations. It almost seems that Yoga has turned into a talent show. But for the majority of yogis, the daily practice looks very much different. Cramped between a desk and the bookshelf we struggle to bring our practice into our daily routines.
Especially beginners are often intimidated by the amazing photos of advanced practitioners in challenging Asanas, which they seem to master so effortlessly. The truth is, for the first months and often even years Asana practice looks far less graceful and impressive than we’d like to think it does.
The existing pictures of Yoga are a great inspiration and motivation to many, but what about the rest of us? When you are not yet as flexible as you’d like to even take a simple pose, when you are not in that dreamy location but get up at 5am on the coldest day of the year only to salute the sun in your bedroom, and when there is no photographer there to make you look your best for that special shot?
Satya Yogis intends to show how the other half practices. Inspired by Jacob Riis I want to show Yogis and non-Yogis alike, how beautiful an internal practice can be, even if you are not perfect. Even if you cannot hold that pidgeon pose yet. Even if you lack visible grace.
Because Yoga happens inside of you. Internally you gain more and more insight into your own body. You know where your foot should go eventually, albeit stiff muscles still forbid you from getting it there.
When suddenly in Warrior pose you feel that your back foot should be pressing equally into the ground when it is not, that is the moment Yoga happens. This invisible progress is what the practice is also about. Satya Yogis (and Yoginis, of course) dare to show how this aspect of practice looks like in everyday life..
Of course, high-gloss images of Yoga show no less true Yoga practitioners than the images shown here. But they seem to be overrepresented. This site aims to give another face to Yoga.