Avid Yogi

A photoshoot featuring international ashtanga yoga teacher Karen Kirkness (Breneman). Based in Scotland, I photographed Karen in Boston’s Back Bay at the start of her 2 month guest teaching gig at Boston’s own Down Under Yoga.

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Karen has been practicing and teaching Yoga for fifteen years. She first went to India to study Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2003, and regularly journeys to the KPJAYI in Mysore as a committed Ashtangi. American by birth, Karen moved to the UK in 2003 and her yoga studio Meadowlark is based in Scotland.

I first met Karen in Edinburgh in 2007. Her talents in painting, yoga instruction, and extreme sports as well as her softly Scottish tinged American accent were magnetic for me. I remember cycling through the dark and rainy Edinburgh streets to her evening ashtanga classes, held at St. Mary’s in the parish centre.

You can catch Karen teaching Ashtanga at 12:15PM on Thursdays and Mysore style daily at Down Under Yoga in Brookline until the end of February 2016. Follow Karen @avidyogi #yoganatomist

modern day rock-n-roll woman

modern day rock-n-roll woman

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Juliet Loranger is a self-described modern day rock-n-roll woman. “I teach Yoga because I practice Yoga. Also because it is a transformative process and I believe everyone should somehow keep connected with the process of transformation.” @julietflamethrower

My notes in preparation for this photoshoot included: rock out / get sweaty / take risks / depth / experience / artist / woman / yoga practitioner. We photographed on location at Yoga on Union in New Bedford and Mass Audubon’s Stone Barn where Juliet teaches summer yoga classes and retreats.

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woman on fire

woman on fire

Alana is a Forrest and vinyasa yoga teacher, working on a PhD in Epidemiology focused on HIV/AIDS research in Southern Africa, where she lived and worked from 2008 to 2011. (The all red clothing is to mark AIDS awareness.) Ana Forrest described her as “a woman on fire.”

I couldn’t agree more.

I photographed Alana Brennan at JP Centre Yoga in Boston, Massachusetts. I shot with a Canon 5D Mark III, alternating between my two favorite lenses — the 50mm 1.2L and the 85mm 1.2L. These images were post-processed using Fuji 400H from VSCO Film 01.

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path of action

path of action

A yoga photoshoot with Claire Carroll at the brand new Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University in Cambridge. Claire is certified in the Iyengar tradition of yoga. She teaches undergraduate courses in yoga theory, culture and practice at Tufts and Lesley Universities. Before becoming a yoga teacher she worked on humanitarian assistance projects around the world, as well as working on Wall Street.

She’s also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. That is a serious path of action, right there.

Photographed on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm 1.2L lens. Post-processed with VSCO Film 01.

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