One thing that’s almost universal among yoga teachers—other than a strong desire to eat as much kale as humanly possible—is that they love having their picture taken while doing yoga.
If you’ve ever gone on vacation with a yoga teacher, you know what I mean.
While most people take casual selfies in front of famous landmarks and majestic vistas, yoga teachers stop every few minutes to snap a shot of themselves doing crow or dancer’s or other yoga poses, while less active tourists peer around their limber bodies for a view of the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty.
Experienced yoga teachers often hire a professional photographer to take pictures that make even themselves say, “Wow, that pose is amazing!”
Newer teachers, though, may be tempted to go it alone, sometimes enlisting the help of a yoga student in exchange for free yoga lessons.
But before you go all Instagram on your yoga self-portraits, take a look at some awkward yoga photos that you’d be better off avoiding.
Remember, you want yoga pics that are flattering, not ones that will haunt you for the rest of the Internet.
Your downward-facing dog may rock the house, but when you take a photo from the back, it’s more likely to remind future students of a dog they knew that liked to put its stinky butt in the air. I may just be anal, but a side view will probably give a better shot of your form.
It’s great to be able to put your legs behind your head and rock on your back like a stranded turtle … no, seriously, that’s something all yoga teachers should aspire to … but showing off your crotch may not be putting your best … um, foot … forward.
Sure, you do hot yoga in tiny Speedos, but if you take pictures of yourself in your skin-tights, you might want to consider which “muscles” are really bulging. And be sure to wipe any porn-star smirk off your face before the camera flashes.
Drunken Yoga Pose Shot
Yes, even yoga teachers like to party. Wait … especially yoga teachers like to party. But it’s better off not mixing your yoga and drinking, because alcohol will only ruin your form … and make students think yoga is all about having fun.
Most people think yoga is going to make them happier due to the rush of post-bending endorphins. So when you have your picture taken, try to look like you’re enjoying yourself. If you aren’t, then maybe try a shot that hides your face.
Resources for Great Yoga Photos
Now that you know what to avoid when you have your yoga photos taken, here are some resources that will help you get flattering pics that really highlight your yoga skills.
Check out these websites for tips on taking great yoga photos:
When you have perfected a few yoga poses, you might want to consider splurging on a professional. There are many photographers who specialize in taking yoga photos. Here are a few to get you started:
- Dancer’s yoga pose, Pixabay
- Downward-facing dog, Flickr by mermaid
- Yoga nidrasana, Flickr by Sarah Siblik
- Speedo yoga, Flickr by Maxim Kuschpel
- Yoga hoes and bros, Flickr by Corey Hogue
- Yoga hoes and bros in the kitchen, Flickr by Corey Hogue
- Meditation in Malmö 1983, Wikipedia by John Leffmann