All Bodies Belong is a series of fun photo shoots, photographs and stories showcasing real, everyday bodies in yoga poses and the stories they tell. The images highlight all different shapes, skin colors, abilities, backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, looks. Doesn’t seem like groundbreaking work, huh? Yeah, it shouldn’t be.
It’s a small step in the right direction. I want everyone to see all different types of bodies represented when researching yoga. If you Google Image Search yoga or a specific yoga pose, a barrage of images featuring thin, white women come up. Most ads and magazine present the same image. This creates a barrier to yoga for everyone else.
Seeing all bodies represented when pertaining to yoga and hearing stories about other bodies experiences with yoga helps support us all on our path to health. Improving how we feel about our body, “in" our body. Accepting our bodies, others' bodies, and celebrating them all. I want these images to help encourage a more diverse community of yogis around here. I want you to participate in creating this, come to the photo shoot, share your story. Embrace and exhibit your body in your favorite yoga pose to inspire others.
The project will be showcased at the Fields of Yogi's festival, yoga studios in the Midwest and other art and yoga festivals & publications. The images will be used by Midwest yoga studios for private clients, advertising and social media posts. The images will also be available online. We want to get these images in front of as many people as possible to show them, they too can practice yoga and are welcome to join us!
The Funds raised will go to the photographer, printing and hanging cost for the shows and a coffee table book. Proceeds from the sale of the coffee table book will go towards yoga programs for local (Iowa based) non-profits that deal with body image and self reflection, like The Eating Disorder Association, Transgender Youth Association, Yoga for people in Recovery, Yoga in Mental Health Support etc.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting this project. The yoga world should not be or appear exclusive. It is a wonderful way for us each to connect and love our bodies and ourselves. It is a tool to help us cope & heal. It is for everyone, let's represent that!