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108 Yoga Images from 2012: Through the Lens and from the Soul of Robert Sturman.

Yoga is beautiful.

I believe that if Michelangelo had known Yoga, the streets of Rome would be filled with marble sculptures celebrating the poetry of asana — a poetry that longs to touch the divine and say Thank you for this life.

The following 108 images are a small collection of work from 2012 I have created with many human beings devoted to striving towards their highest potential. It is a remarkable moment in time for us all and it is an honor to call myself your artist.

Briohny Kate Smyth: The Hills of Malibu 1

1. Briohny Kate Smyth: The Hills of Malibu

 

2. Jennifer Pastiloff: Matador Beach, California

2. Jennifer Pastiloff: Matador Beach, California

 

3. Elise Joan: Matador Beach, California

3. Elise Joan: Matador Beach, California

 

4. Caroline Bergenstrom: Venice Beach, California

4. Caroline Bergenstrom: Venice Beach, California

 

5. Dice Iida-Klein: Malibu Canyon, California

5. Dice Iida-Klein: Malibu Canyon, California

 

6. Dice Iida-Klein: Malibu Hills, California

6. Dice Iida-Klein: Malibu Hills, California

 

7. Briohny and Dice: Malibu Hills, California

7. Briohny and Dice: Malibu Hills, California

 

8. Briohny Kate Smyth: Malibu Hills

8. Briohny Kate Smyth: Malibu Hills

 

9. Briohny Kate Smyth: Malibu Hills

9. Briohny Kate Smyth: Malibu Hills

 

10. Kathryn Budig ~ Balloons by the Carousel: Santa Monica, California

10. Kathryn Budig ~ Balloons by the Carousel: Santa Monica, California

 

11. The Chaturanga Planksters ~ Dice, Briohny and Taylor: Santa Monica, California

11. The Chaturanga Planksters ~ Dice, Briohny and Taylor: Santa Monica, California

 

12. Cristi Christensen: Main Street ~ Santa Monica, California

12. Cristi Christensen: Main Street ~ Santa Monica, California

 

13. Micheline Berry: Leo Carrillo, California

13. Micheline Berry: Leo Carrillo, California

 

14. Suzanne Kiyomura: Topanga Canyon, California

14. Suzanne Kiyomura: Topanga Canyon, California

 

15. Liz Arch: Venice, California

15. Liz Arch: Venice, California

 

16. Liz Arch: Topanga Canyon, Califonia

16. Liz Arch: Topanga Canyon, Califonia

 

17. Raghunath Cappo: Laguna Shores, California

17. Raghunath Cappo: Laguna Shores, California

 

18. Kelly Bickle: Saint Petersburg, Florida

18. Kelly Bickle: Saint Petersburg, Florida

 

19. Indie and Stephen Bickle: Saint Petersburg, Florida

19. Indie and Stephen Bickle: Saint Petersburg, Florida

 

20. Kelly and Indie Bickle: Saint Petersburg, Florida

20. Kelly and Indie Bickle: Saint Petersburg, Florida

 

21. Michelle Dawson: Upstate New York

21. Michelle Dawson: Upstate New York

 

22. Eleven Year Old Olivia Rose: Chester, New York

22. Eleven Year Old Olivia Rose: Chester, New York

 

23. Mary Vernal: Deep in the Connecticut Forest

23. Mary Vernal: Deep in the Connecticut Forest

 

24. Ben Wisch: The Black Dirt Onion Fields ~ Upstate New York

24. Ben Wisch: The Black Dirt Onion Fields ~ Upstate New York

 

25. Shawna Emerick: The Black Dirt Onion Fields ~ Upstate New York

25. Shawna Emerick: The Black Dirt Onion Fields ~ Upstate New York

 

26. Mona Sharma: Venice Beach

26. Mona Sharma: Venice Beach

 

27. Susan White Phillips: Deep in the Connecticut Forest

27. Susan White Phillips: Deep in the Connecticut Forest

 

28. Megan Marie: The North Atlantic

28. Megan Marie: The North Atlantic

 

29. Casey McBride: The Connecticut Forest

29. Casey McBride: The Connecticut Forest

 

30. Emma Magenta: Central Park, NYC

30. Emma Magenta: Central Park, NYC

 

31. Elitza Datcheva: central Park, NYC

31. Elitza Datcheva: Central Park, NYC

 

32. Musician in Central Park

32. Musician in Central Park

 

33. Tao Porchon-Lynch at 93: Central Park, NYC

33. Tao Porchon-Lynch at 93: Central Park, NYC

 

34. Tao Porchon-Lynch at 94: The Connecticut Countryside

34. Tao Porchon-Lynch at 94: The Connecticut Countryside

 

35. Susanna Harwood Rubin: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

35. Susanna Harwood Rubin: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

 

36. Elena Brower: Spanish Harlem, NY

36. Elena Brower: Spanish Harlem, NY

 

37. Kim Stetz: Central Park, NYC

37. Kim Stetz: Central Park, NYC

 

38. Roberto Lim: On our way to Fenway Park, Boston

38. Roberto Lim: On our way to Fenway Park, Boston

 

39. Justin Wolfer: The Spit and Spat fountain: Saratoga Springs, NY

39. Justin Wolfer: The Spit and Spat fountain: Saratoga Springs, NY

 

40. Kelly Kamm in the Raspberry Room at the Glen Tonche House, Woodstock, NY

40. Kelly Kamm in the Raspberry Room at the Glen Tonche House, Woodstock, NY

 

41. Justin Wolfer at Saratoga Springs, NY

41. Justin Wolfer: Saratoga Springs, NY

 

42. Justin Wolfer with Selma at Saratoga Springs, NY

42. Justin Wolfer with Selma: Saratoga Springs, NY

 

43. Michelle Dawson: Upstate New York

43. Michelle Dawson: Upstate New York

 

44. Michelle Dawson: Dancer on the Train, Woodstock, NY

44. Michelle Dawson: Dancer on the Train, Woodstock, NY

 

45. 1950′s Yoga: Michelle Dawson in upstate NY

45. 1950′s Yoga: Michelle Dawson in upstate NY

 

46. Jen Warakomski: Dancer on the Brooklyn Bridge

46. Jen Warakomski: Dancer on the Brooklyn Bridge

 

47. Sarah McGrath: Brooklyn, NY

47. Sarah McGrath: Brooklyn, NY

 

48. Sarah McGrath: Brooklyn, NY

48. Sarah McGrath: Brooklyn, NY

 

49. Denise and Eric Antonini: Shooting Star ~ Laguna Beach, California

49. Denise and Eric Antonini: Shooting Star ~ Laguna Beach, California

 

50. 2 1/2 Year Old Lorenzo Antonini: Laguna Beach, California

50. 2 1/2 Year Old Lorenzo Antonini: Laguna Beach, California

 

51. Colleen Hieber: Laguna Beach, California

51. Colleen Hieber: Laguna Beach, California

 

52. Alex Newell: Venice, California

52. Alex Newell: Venice, California

 

53. Liz Arch: Malibu Canyon

53. Liz Arch: Malibu Canyon

 

54. Liz Arch: Malibu Canyon

54. Liz Arch: Malibu Canyon

 

55. Newton Campbell: Laguna, California

55. Newton Campbell: Laguna, California

 

56. Lily and Marcelle Dulan: Matador Beach, California

56. Lily and Marcelle Dulan: Matador Beach, California

 

57. Kathryn Budig: Marina Del Rey, California

57. Kathryn Budig: Marina Del Rey, California

 

58. Covi Glez: Venice Beach, California

58. Covi Glez: Venice Beach, California

 

59. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

59. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

 

60. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

60. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

 

61. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

61. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

 

62. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

62. Noelle Beaugureau: Central California

 

63. Audri Yvette Gonzales-Geary: Laguna, California

63. Audri Yvette Gonzales-Geary: Laguna, California

 

64. Denise Antonini: Laguna, California

64. Denise Antonini: Laguna, California

 

65. Laura Young Kilkenny: Sunrise on the North Atlantic

65. Laura Young Kilkenny: Sunrise on the North Atlantic

 

66. Erin Nealy: Laguna Beach, California

66. Erin Nealy: Laguna Beach, California

 

67. Curli Chan: Laguna, California

67. Curli Chan: Laguna, California

 

68. Cami Rice: First Responder American Airlines 911 Flight Attendant. 2012 Tribute

68. Cami Rice: First Responder American Airlines 911 Flight Attendant. 2012 Tribute

 

69. Michelle May: Emerald Beach -- Encinitas, California

69. Michelle May: Emerald Beach — Encinitas, California

 

70. Ashika Gogna: Paradise Cove, California

70. Ashika Gogna: Paradise Cove, California

 

71. Ashika Gogna: Paradise Cove, California

71. Ashika Gogna: Paradise Cove, California

 

72. Newton Campbell: Inside the Sculpture Studio of Steven Lustig

72. Newton Campbell: Inside the Sculpture Studio of Steven Lustig

 

73. Kelly Kamm at the Glen Tonche House: Woodstock, New York

73. Kelly Kamm at the Glen Tonche House: Woodstock, New York

 

74. Ben Wisch at The Glen Tonche House, Woodstock, NY

74. Ben Wisch at The Glen Tonche House, Woodstock, NY

 

75. Betsey Geller Keely: The North Atlantic

75. Betsey Geller Keely: The North Atlantic

 

76. Danielle Holmes & Betsey Geller Keely: The North Atlantic

76. Danielle Holmes & Betsey Geller Keely: The North Atlantic

 

77. Amy Luke: The Connecticut Coast

77. Amy Luke: The Connecticut Coast

 

78. Megan Marie: The New England Coast

78. Megan Marie: The New England Coast

 

79. Rita Shepard Ende: Sunrise in Connecticut

79. Rita Shepard Ende: Sunrise in Connecticut

 

80. Danielle Brown: The Long Island Sound

80. Danielle Brown: The Long Island Sound

 

81. Estela Dimes: The Connecticut Countryside

81. Estela Dimes: The Connecticut Countryside

 

82. Angela Kilcullen: Deep in the Connecticut Forest

82. Angela Kilcullen: Deep in the Connecticut Forest

 

83. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

83. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

 

84. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

84. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

 

85. Shannah Green: Nantucket Island

85. Shannah Green: Nantucket Island

 

86. Michael Rich: Nantucket Island

86. Michael Rich: Nantucket Island

 

87. Ariel Marcoux: Nantucket Island

87. Ariel Marcoux: Nantucket Island

 

88. Juliet Loranger and Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

88. Juliet Loranger and Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

 

89. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

89. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

 

90. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

90. Caitlin Marcoux: Nantucket Island

 

91. Juliet Loranger: Nantucket Island

91. Juliet Loranger: Nantucket Island

 

92. Denise DeLucca: Rhode Island Shores

92. Denise DeLucca: Rhode Island Shores

 

93. Petra Ledkovsky: Nantucket Island

93. Petra Ledkovsky: Nantucket Island

 

94. Burr Tupper: Nantucket, MA

94. Burr Tupper: Nantucket, MA

 

95. Bill Gluck: Central Park, NYC

95. Bill Gluck: Central Park, NYC

 

96. "Cerebral Palsy and All, I Am a Yogi and I Am Darn Proud of It!" ~ Ela Wojtowicz: Central Park, NYC

96. “Cerebral Palsy and All, I Am a Yogi and I Am Darn Proud of It!” ~ Ela Wojtowicz: Central Park, NYC

 

97. Micaela Mamede: Central Park, NYC

97. Micaela Mamede: Central Park, NYC

 

98. Megan Marie: The Cloisters, NYC

98. Megan Marie: The Cloisters, NYC

 

Steven Sherman: Cayucos, California

99. Steven Sherman: Cayucos, California

 

100. Heather Mann: Cayucos, California

100. Heather Mann: Cayucos, California

 

101. Mariana Soares: Venice Beach

101. Mariana Soares: Venice Beach

 

102. Camacha Jones & Justin Wolfer: Venice Beach

102. Camacha Jones & Justin Wolfer: Venice Beach

 

103. Camacha Jones & Justin Wolfer: Venice Beach

103. Camacha Jones & Justin Wolfer: Venice Beach

 

104. Noelle Beaugureau: Joshua Tree, California

104. Noelle Beaugureau: Joshua Tree, California

 

105. Noelle Beaugureau: The Desert, California

105. Noelle Beaugureau: The Desert, California

 

106. Todd Leach: The Decisive Moment, Venice Beach

106. Todd Leach: The Decisive Moment, Venice Beach

 

107. Yulady Saluti: Proud Warrior/Survivor Shoot for 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness

107. Yulady Saluti: Proud Warrior/Survivor Shoot for 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness

 

108. “I am Yulady Saluti. Cancer took my breasts, but will never take my dignity.” The great inner pose of stillness, vulnerability, acceptance, courage, dignity, life...

108. “I am Yulady Saluti. Cancer took my breasts, but will never take my dignity.” The great inner pose of stillness, vulnerability, acceptance, courage, dignity, life…

With gratitude,

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Robert Sturman
A dedicated Yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of Marin County's San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman's own words, "I often think of Rumi's words, 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me." Sturman's honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2007 United States Olympics. In 2012 and 2013, Sturman was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of Yoga from around the world. You can find out more about Robert’s work at his online studio and connect with him via Facebook and Twitter.
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