Yoga: The Secret of Life is a photo documentary project about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga. Through photographs and texts, this book explores the personal experiences of 108 of today's leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit.
The photographs for the project are taken on glass plates using the wet collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850s. With the use of a large-format wooden camera and antique glass lens, glass plates are hand-coated to produce one-of-a-kind "ambrotype" images. The collodion process transports us to another place and time. When the light-sensitive chemicals absorb the sun's ultra-violet rays, we enter a mystery world where art and alchemy embrace. The photographs take on another dimension with the words that accompany them. The text based on interviews provides an intimate and enlightening account of each yogis personal journey.
Beyond the physical postures commonly associated with yoga, Yoga: The Secret of Life delves deep into the purpose of our existence and how to live a happy and fulfilled life. It explores how we can understand who we truly are, why we are here, and what our ultimate purpose is on this planet.
Included are world renowned yogis Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh Kaur Khasla, Sri Dharma Mittra, Krishna Das, Tao-Porchon Lynch, Shiva Rae, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, and more.
Photographed in Rhinebeck, NY by Francesco Mastalia Photography.
Hardcover. 224 pages. Published by powerHouse Books. 9.75" x 12.75". Signed by the author.
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