This photo was taken in Costa Rica on a vast open beach. We intentionally shot this with the background submerged in a glow of bright light to emphasize the light that yoga is, the limitless light and space it can bring. As I practice I am accompanied by my shadow and this to me symbolizes that we are never really truly alone. There are so many deep layers, intricate levels and dimensions to self. Yoga has brought me to a place of knowing; acknowledging and studying many concepts that have helped create a self-relationship that brings me to my truest potential and fullest experience of life. When I first started practicing, my intention was on mastering the next pose, practicing from a place of striving if you will – seeking to conquer the next Asana. Now a days my intention comes from simply breathing the poses as they come up and noticing how they affect me – experiencing each moment in the moment and the moments in between. Through this path of exploration I’ve gained a sense of lightness and limitless potential, through the mind, through the body and the spirit. I guess this comes from my attitude and my growth towards the practice, which has changed over the years. Learning to understand and find self-inquiry, self-awareness and self-knowledge. Knowing that there are postures that I won’t be able to do yet observing with time and patience that there are poses I might be able to do someday. So I give myself space to develop and explore from a place of discernment, courage and compassion. This ideology I take with me off the mat, daily observing and work towards my life goals, focused and yet adaptable. When I worked into layers of identification about who I am, on many levels I found real self-acceptance and I’ve gotten to know myself quite deeply – my tendencies, triggers, when I seek to react or how I respond when faced with challenges. This open honest communication I’ve tried to have with myself has helped me challenge the walls and personal boundaries I’ve put in place over the years for protection. Through these observations I feel like I am able to make meaningful choices, clearly see the reality of the world around me and my own truest nature within it. To me, the nature is pure vibrations beyond the physical body. We are all multi-dimensional beings. The practice of yoga is partly understanding that everything comes back to now – ‘The Nowness’. How am I being or expressing in my now with myself? How do I emanate that outward? And through the practice I’ve learned how to balance my energies, physically, emotionally, mentally and really live in elevating my spiritual vibrations and in this vibration that bright light surrounds me. This vibration is the energy to show up and live life and be here as it unfolds. The strength I feel comes from a vulnerability I’ve allowed myself to explore through studying yoga. A vulnerability that has brought me and taught me sensitivity, compassion, kindness for others and myself. My practice is a practice on the mat and just as much off the mat, constantly showing me how to return to balance internally and externally. When I waver I smile and I try to get right back on track. In these moments I have found my truest tests in how I recover and accepting I am perfectly imperfect. I will succeed and I will fail. And in this notion there is wisdom and beauty that color my wave of existence. So what is yoga? It’s everything. It’s being in the imbalance to find balance, its energy, its love, its light. I’ve come to learn in everything we do there is a beginning, a middle and an end and through the practice I’ve come to really live in that experience. - Bianca Fearon Click here to sign up for Yin Yoga Teacher Training!