透過人物肖像攝影大師Michael O’Neill 精湛的拍攝技巧，超過200張展現瑜珈力與美的攝影集，感受真正的內在平靜
瑜珈，原只是喜馬拉雅山上零星修道院中僧人的一種修練法，經過千年的演進，成為現今的流行運動。攝影大師Michael O’Neill在經歷印度的心靈之旅後，親眼目睹千人沐浴在恆河中，一起發出平靜的共鳴，從這一刻起，他決定紀錄下瑜珈的美麗與神秘力量，使所有瑜珈愛好者能透過這本攝影集洗禮身心。書中拍攝的對象皆為瑜珈界當代最具影響力的大師：B‧K‧S‧艾揚格(B. K. S. Iyengar)、Shri K. Pattabhi Jois、T. K. V. Desikachar、 羅德尼‧伊(Rodney Yee)、 科琳‧瑟依曼(Colleen Saidman)及Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa等。也包含受到瑜珈而改變人生的名人們，例如時裝設計師Donna Karan及英國歌手史汀與他的妻子Trudie Styler。
Poses of peace
One photographer s meditation on the essence of yoga
It s taken yoga several thousand years to make the journey from a handful of monasteries dotting the Himalayas to the yoga studios popping up everywhere. Whether bathing with holy men in the Ganges or joining the chorus of a thousand voices chanting om, photographer Michael O Neill decided to devote himself to experience and record the world of yoga at this critical juncture in its history. The result is a powerful photographic tribute to the age-old discipline turned global phenomenon, with over 250 million practitioners united in physical, spiritual, and mindful practice worldwide.
Famous for his photographs of the famous, O Neill first set out to make portraits of the most influential yogis of our time B. K. S. Iyengar, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, T. K. V. Desikachar, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa as well as those famed for integrating yoga into their high-profile lives, such as Donna Karan, Sting, and Trudie Styler. It was a chance to honor the masters and unite his lifelong passion for photography with a newfound love for yoga and meditation. But as his practice deepened, so did his drive to look past the personalities and the poses to document the roots of yoga. Over ten years O Neill trekked beyond the traditional epicenters to meditate with monks in the Tibetan Plateau, live with sadhus in their tents at the Kumbh Mela, and marvel at the boys who practice the little known discipline of Mallakhamba at the wrestling grounds in Kochi. Says O Neill: All I wanted to do was to pay homage to yoga s classical lineage and understand this unique moment before it slips away.
Now brought together for the first time, this extraordinary body of work tells the story of yoga as it s never been told before, with nearly 200 photographs, most of which have never been seen. Two of O Neill s most important subjects, meditation master His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Ashtanga guru Eddie Stern, join the conversation with their essays on the role of yoga in contemporary culture, the history of the practice from the time of Patanjali, and the healing power of what Michael O Neill calls the architecture of peace . . . a series of postures that bring the practitioner closer to touching the infinite.