Bethany Bubenzer is a bit of a nomad. Currently residing in Charleston, SC...Bethany has lived all over, including New York & Paris. But what really had me interested was the yoga training that she does in the Middle East.
Bethany works with the Olive Tree Yoga Foundation, or OTYF, which provides world class yoga teacher training to students in Israel & Palestine. “The mission is to create a powerful community of transformative leaders through the practice of yoga.” They focus on creating yoga classes and teacher training to support healing and transformation for communities throughout the Middle East and all around the world that are affected by conflict. In 2016, Bethany is set for 200 hours of yoga teacher training, 100 hours of advanced yoga teacher training, plus kids yoga teacher training. She is currently fundraising to head back to the Middle East. Donations are accepted here.
I did not want to have the typical “run of the mill” yoga shoot. So, Bethany and I took to the streets of the East Village. I guess the idea behind this portrait session is…New York City, If you can escape it here, you can escape it anywhere.
“Yoga is meditation (contemplation) of every experience, thought, and belief of what distracts the mind, triggers the ego, and lights you up from the inside out. The physical practice (asana) provides an outlet to practice calm, steady breath in different poses, or shapes. The "shapes" of the practice are designed to mimic various emotional experiences. So, yoga is the practice keeping a deep steady breath, and therefore a calm, clear, and solution-oriented mind, in all of life's experiences.“