Nov 4, 2012

Inspirational Vintage Yoga Photos

As I wrote recently in my post on Face Yoga, I've been thinking a lot about how to relax my face when practicing (and generally—in 'real life,' too). I found these striking LIFE magazine (1949) photographs on a site called The Old India Photos. The asanas themselves, of course, are out and out gorgeous, but what I find most inspiring about this man is his face—that peaceful, slightly bemused half-smile. Either he truly doesn't have that weird pranic block that most of us have, starting at about neck level—that "arrested...accostomed movement" Proust talks about in the quote I cited in that earlier post, or else it's just really, really, really fun to do these poses as well as he does them. I half suspect the latter.