Behind the Scenes with a Sun Kissed Yogi

We get a lot of our inspiration from nature. So we were giddy with excitement when one of our favorite yogis styled her photo shoot outdoors in Stelari tanks. The images are amazing and we had to learn more. Here's the behind the scenes look and Q&A with Paige Rene (aka @sunkissedyogi) and Brian Crawford Photography when they spent a day together.

Where was the photoshoot?

The photo shoot was in Laguna Beach, CA. 

Tell us about the day.

Brian was the sweetest! He wanted to meet up with me at 2pm so he could show me around Laguna. We grabbed coffee and stopped by his studio, then headed out on a hike in the hills where we took to shots with the flowers. We eventually walked down to 1000 Steps Beach (yep it's a 1000 steps up and down - the down part is the easy part). We played around and took photos on rocks as the waves crashed, in caves and everywhere the light was "just right". We shot until sunset and then headed back to his studio to preview the photos. They are stunning and the day was magical.

Have you worked with Brian Crawford before?

I have not. I love his work and really wanted to meet the man behind the lens. So I reached out to him via Instagram and next thing I knew, I was in Laguna wearing Stelari having my picture taken by Brian Crawford!

What was the inspiration for the shoot?

Driving out to South Bay (LA) it seemed like the edge of the world. I played in the sun and finally got to rest as the moon drew the tide out.

Do you plan what poses to do or is it more in the moment?

Nothing was planned as I didn't really know what to expect. Over the years I've learned it's best to let artists do what they are best at, be creative. He had a vision and I trusted it.

What pose is most challenging for you and why?

Butterfly pose. My hips just don't open like that. I see my students knees fall to the floor and my ego sometimes comes out to play wishing I was more like them. But as I tell my students, yoga is not about being good at the poses, it's about being good to yourself. Yoga is not a physical practice but rather a spiritual practice with physical benefits. After all, it's only important if it's important to you, and at the end of the day I'm not better or worse a person for having inflexible hips.

What pose do you love doing the most and why?

I have two go-­to poses. One is Hanumanasana (or splits) because it just makes me feel so free. The story behind the pose is pretty magical as well. My second, would have to me king dancer pose (Natajarasana) because it makes me feel graceful. Growing up I suffered from an eating disorder. I remember wanting to be light and graceful like a ballerina - long thin limbs that just seem to never end and bend in ways I could only imagine. Now that I am several years into recovery, I can appreciate the strength it takes to hold the pose. Yes, it takes an incredible amount of flexibility but it's a balance, between strength and flexibility, ease and effort.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from yoga?

Things don't happen to you, things happen because of you. I used to be a Debbie Downer. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? I had a poor attitude about everything. I didn't take responsibility for anything and surrounded myself with people who were only bringing me down to their level. I changed my attitude and I changed my life. Happiness is a state of mind, so you will only ever be as happy as you make up your mind to be. 

What do you love most about Stelari’s Free Flow Tanks?

Besides the obviously beautiful images? The “free flow-­ness” is my favorite part. The shirt moves with me so fluidly. The material is incredible as well. It's soft, breathable and so light! What's not to like!?

 

We love the company we keep, and now you can meet them too. Visit @Sunkissedyogi and @Briancrawfordphotography on Instagram.



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