Are you a yoga fan? I am! I started yoga because I wanted to hold my cameras better. I like to hand-hold my Canon 5D with 70mm-200mm long lens + extender, but it often gets too heavy for me. I am really persistent shooter, so I want to hold my camera to wait for the moment for long time. I don't like tripod or monopod. After I gained some more muscles from power yoga, I can hold my cameras much better. And what really helped me the most is the sun salutation pose with warrior 1. You know how Canon 5D Mark II has a feature to shoot without looking through the finder, but on the screen? (sorry I don't even know how the feature is called although I use it all the time) When I shoot events like music performances or weddings, I use that often because I can't move around too much even when I want to change the angle. Sometimes I hold my camera way up above my head. That's when I use my muscles gained by warrior 1! It helps so much. I couldn't hold my camera up for too long before but after power yoga my camera feels so much lighter and I can hold it up forever.
Power yoga became part of my daily life and I did 1 hr power yoga everyday for a while. When I noticed my shoulder and arms started to have manly muscles I have never seen before on my own body, I got scared and stopped. Although Mr. Yee (my DVD yoga teacher) looks great, I didn't want to look like him. Now I do it only a few days a week but can still hold my cameras well and am happy. I do it at night and it puts me to sleep right away. It reduced the amount of alcohol, too. I actually didn't like working out, but now I even go jog, because yoga made my body used to light exercises. That was a big improvement in my life.
Saori is a yoga instructor who now lives in NYC but going back to Japan soon. When she contacted me and asked me if I would shoot yoga poses in central park, I immediately connected with her. Yoga in central park. Well, to tell you the truth, I have never done that. But central park and yoga (separately) has become very important part of my life. Whenever I feel stressed out, I go walk or jog in central park, or I do yoga at home. Both release me from stresses and concerns for a bit, and make me feel energized and want to start my life again. Saori, the yoga lover, looked so beautiful and healthy.