Camera pointed at Thrive Yoga’s YogaUSA Day

Last weekend, I took some shots of the YogaUSA Day event at Thrive Yoga. It was a packed house, 64 people signing up online. Susan Bowen led the session. I think some people got a bit freaked out by so much attention (a photographer shooting every few minutes). Admittedly, no one came expecting to have their practice immortalized. Most people were there because the class was free, and Susan was just hoping that a few of them would come back for more.

I was using my son’s Nikon D80 SLR camera, which was a real treat. I now understand why attempting to take shots of yoga practice with anything but an SLR camera is tough, almost a guarantee of amateurish shots. Yoga is like any sports activity: you need a fast shut time, a sensitive CCD and the ability to modify the RAW file in Photoshop (or similar application). I’ve been working with a Canon compact, which is fine for tourist shots, but for anything moving at real life speed.

Thrive Yoga is offering a $69 unlimited month yoga pass promotion. She made a good point explaining the offer to the people at the event: you have to give yoga some time to see if it can work for you. The first couple of sessions, you’re looking around at the other people, worried whether you’re holding the pose correctly, fidgeting in your clothing, and trying to figure out the audio cues that the teacher is giving you. Meanwhile, your body is complaining after the session that unusual demands were being placed on it. You need a couple of weeks to get over the initial shock and awe, and then take a more balanced assessment of how yoga affects you.