One of the best ways to prepare for mindful photography is to do a little yoga before your photoshoot. Yoga is the practice of assuming different body postures in order to focus and relax. It was used anciently to prepare yogis for meditation and is still a great way to awaken your mind, relax your body, and center your thoughts for a more focused mindful photoshoot.
Here is a 5-minute yoga sequence that will help you feel focused, refreshed, and ready to practice mindful photography.
The first pose of the yoga sequence is Child Pose. This is considered one of the simplest, yet most calming yoga positions. It elongates your back, opens your hips, and reminds us how resting is a good thing. Hold this pose for as long as you’d like. Some poses you may want to hold for 30 seconds, some you may only want to hold for 5-10 seconds. The important part is to listen to your body and move to the next pose only when you feel ready.
Don’t worry about bending all the way down. Heaven knows my body doesn’t look like the photo below when I bend forward. Concentrate mainly on bending forward and letting your hands hang to your side. Don’t stretch farther than you feel comfortable or else you may injure your back.
Warrior I – Left foot forward
Warrior II – Left foot forward
Warrior I – Right foot forward
Warrior II – Right foot forward
Feel free to modify this yoga flow to fit your particular needs. This yoga routine will look different for each of us depending on our yoga experience and our specific attitude and physical state at the time we practice. Once you finish, grab your camera and head out for an invigorating photoshoot.