Deviant of the Day

In my mind, artists are the true foundation of our society. Deviant of the Day is a blog about these people. Creatives hold the key to unlock everything exciting and wondrous about this world. Painters, photographers, chefs, sculptors, musicians, tattoo artists, engineers, designers, etc…you all blow my mind. Let’s stick to our guns and never give up.

Deviant of the Day #36 - Bethany Bubenzer

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.“ 

-Bethany Bubenzer

Hometown: Lexington, KY
Instagram: @parisonista
Facebook: Bethany B Yoga Lifestyle
Website: bethanybubenzer.com (Currently Under Construction)

Deviant of the Day #35 - Diana Lovrin

Straight out of Queens, NY...Diana Lovrin (pronounced LOWvrin) is one highly talented and eccentric individual.  Although born and raised in Flushing, NY...she spent 10 years of her life, off and on, in Zagreb, Croatia, where she focused on her career in music, theater and television.  Currently, Diana pursues happiness back in NYC and has found her own balance as a musician, actor, yoga teacher & retreat coordinator, and bartender.

Yoga Retreats: Yes, not only does she teach yoga throughout NYC, she also leads yoga retreats in both Croatia and India. You can check her website below for dates and details.

The Musician: Diana is a vocalist for gypsy punk band Bad Buka and also works on her own solo project with other various musicians which she describes as "stylistically soulful, blues, R&B and rock."  Follow Diana on her Facebook page (listed below) for updates on both of these projects.  You can also check out her solo work at the SoundCloud link below.

The Actress:  Diana will begin rehearsals on "To The Rising Sun", a show in the works that is created by Tony nominated artist, Tsidii Le Loka, for her work on Broadway in The Lion King.  Stay tuned for more details at Diana's Facebook page.

And believe it or not, you can also find Diana in the summer months on the rooftop of The Standard Hotel bartending at Le Bain.  Damn, that's a hefty load of ambition!  Pics below!

"I party hard, practice hard, and love hard! "

-Diana Lovrin

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211