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Yoga Photography on Koh Samui

Date of publication: 13 Jan 2019 | Number of views: 596

Koh Samui is a great destination for yoga fans. Despite the fact I personally can barely touch my toes i do work with local yoga retreats and their visitors a lot and this is my huge pleasure.

Yoga studios on Koh Samui welcome vacationers allowing them to carry on with their yoga routines from back home or to get involved for the first-time. There are also countless detox and wellness retreats on the island, offering yoga classes as part of their service packages.

Yoga locations on Samui

Regardless of how advanced as a yogi you are – finding yoga place and people on Koh Samui is not a problem. It's a big thing here (involving yoga mafia) and actually great plan B to keep yourself occupied in shade when the sun’s a little too strong or suddenly disappeares and heavy tropic downpour breaks through.

For serious sessions of Samui yoga consider booking into a yoga retreat. But if you rather do your own thing, there are still plenty of places to unroll your matt, from your own bungalow to the rock next to waterfall! Famous Samui beaches remain deserted up to 8.30, and are probably the best place both for practicing yoga and shooting.

Yoga shooting. Rule 1

The most stunning yoga photography is not worth of several month of post-injury recovery, so rule number one is, perform only proven poses while shooting. In case when it is required to perform something you have been never doing before, train the pose for a while, preferably in front of the instructor, to make sure, your form is safe and correct.

Yoga shooting. Rule 2

The rule number two is, don't be in hurry, enter each asana slowly, so photographer can capture the moment, when it looks the most naturally. You will look the best, if you not act in front of the camera, but work with your heart.

Yoga photography in Samui

While there is a countless number of yoga centers and studios in Samui, you might want your photo shoot to take place outdoor. What places are the most suitable for this purpose?

Locations for meditative poses

It mostly depends on asanas you're going to perform. Some poses look more harmonious in meditative environment, like forest or a deserted beach. Those might be sukkhasana, padmasana or badhonnasana etc.

Locations for power assans

If power asanas (chaturanga dandasana, backasana, ashtavacrasana ) are your focus, i'd suggest to get your shooting done in rocks or at the site with traditional Samui architecture, such as a temple or museum.

Group Yoga Pictures

Beach is also a stunning location for yoga group pictures. Yoga beach pictures come out the best in mild sunlight at the sunrise or during sunset.

Getting ready for yoga photo session

While for practice any clothing is good as long as it is comfortable, I'd suggest some recommendation in this regards, when it comes to yoga photoshoot.

  • Don't wear loose pants a la Alladdine if you are going to perform asanas with the emphasis on clarity of lines and shapes. Such poses as utkhita tripanasana, virabhadrasana, parshvatonasana might look better when performed in tight-fitting leggins.
  • In one-piece yoga-jumpsuit, virtually any yoga pose looks stunning.
  • I suggest you to experiment with the clothes, that are not designed for yoga. For example, relaxed poses like gomukasana, sukhasana, rajakapotasana can be performed in light summer dress.
  • Unlike with the studio photo shooting, it is preferable to wear light clothes from natural fabrics outdoors. Not too bright, but just enough to stand out from the background. But in studio or gym, you should try harder in order not to merge with the floor.
  • Prior to photo shooting, warm up well. In front of the camera, perform for 90% of your capacity, so you will look natural and relaxed.

What asanas are the best for a yoga photo shooting?

Ironically, the most spectacular poses are the most dangerous ones and the most difficult to perform. Among those are different bridges and bent over asanas, splits, etc. Also poses with ring grip, like pose of the king of dancers or natarajasana, a deep version of pada raja kapodasana, a deep bend over from the pose of pigeon with the ring at the head. All variations of the scorpio's pose also look impressive.

I'd also include on that list various inverted asanas, like pinch mayur asana, as well as all kinds of balances on hands, including more simple, like vasishthasana.

Let's be honest. While an art of yoga does not imply ostentatious practice and chase after complexity of forms, it's so natural to dream about beautiful yoga photos, - at least to popularize it among people and motivate them to try yoga. Also when it comes to yoga poses, photography helps to track your progress. So, l hope this article was helpful and namaste! See u in Samui!

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