Picture : Part of series "closed contact" #14 1995-1996 c-print mounted on plexi glass Artist Jenny Seville and fashion photographer photographer Glen Luchford
Saville is practicing facial yoga. She seems to be doing a combination of practices. One being something called the V benefit. It is meant to remove puffiness under the eye area and smooth out appearances of crow's feet. -An alternative to expensive plastic surgery and medical treatments, facial yoga is a natural way to extend the appearance of youth so you can keep sweating away in those pretty yoga poses you take selfies in.
It is not the physical body that makes yoga. Our perceptions of what yoga is can be lost in the abundance of photos and videos of people balancing on one hand and foot wearing a bliss tank top and hot pink leggings. As the pictures look cool and pretty, It is just that. Pretty. It represents yet another false reality of who a person is and what yoga entails. A pretty picture is a pretty picture. It lacks life, growth and intimacy. One can not relate to aesthetic beauties as much as we can relate to the beauties in our imperfections. What is physical beauty anyway? We are attracted to beautiful energy. Find yourself practicing for the beauty that exists inside, because that is what reflects out to your physical body. Let's be the yoga generation that influences others to not only practice yoga for the fun of handstands, but for the fun of peace and happiness for all past, present and future.
The practice of yoga, is to help end suffering. So as you continue to work on that handstand, don't forget to send out your loving and peaceful prayers and thoughts for all those that are suffering. Dedicate your practice from beginning to end for all beings to be filled with happiness and peace. Om lokaha samastaha sukhino bhavantu.
*Picture source : gagosian.com Jenny Saville and Glen Luchford Closed Contact exhibition January 12-February 9 2002