So Hum: Express Yourself!

Via Erica Rodefer Winters
on Jun 18, 2011
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Here’s Your Big Chance to Be a Yoga Model–Your Way:
The So Hum Project.

This is the 2nd blog of the series.

Model: Hydi
Photography: Faern

“Through yoga I have learned that I am exactly who I want to be,
and as long as I keep it real nothing else can be expressed!”
– Hydi

“Keeping it real” is a lesson that many of us have to be beaten over the head with… figuratively, of course (most of the time). After all, it’s hard to really be you when you don’t really understand who “you” is in the first place. I’ve found that yoga is an amazing tool for peeling back the layers of stuff to reveal more of the true “you.”

After years of practicing yoga, one thing I’ve learned is that there really is no constant “me.” Like a yoga pose that feels great one day and yucky the next, who I am is always evolving. There are no constants to identify with except for who I am in the moment. The past is just a memory – and who knows what the future holds? All we can do is to “keep it real” and express ourselves in the present.

That’s exactly what Hydi is doing in the image above (read her interview here)—and that’s exactly what the So-Hum photo blog project is all about! Read more about the So-Hum project here.

5 Ways to “Keep it Real” with Yoga

1. Don’t worry about what other people think. Do your own thing, experience the pose fully, and OWN it!
2. Never do anything that doesn’t feel right in the moment in yoga class. Never EVER do anything that hurts. Modify your poses to work for your body, mind, and spirit.
3. Wear clothes that fit your body and your personality and make YOU feel great.
4. Embrace your strengths. Embrace your weaknesses even more—these are opportunities for learning. Never be ashamed of your flaws.
5. Never feel guilty. Never apologize. Never ask for permission. Just follow your intuition, breathe deeply, be mindful, and let life unfold.

What ways do you “keep it real” with yoga?

Faern is an artist, yoga practitioner, and photographer in San Francisco. Besides making as much time for tea as possible, you can find Faern in a yoga class, at her current art show or wandering the city via public transportation. You can visit her in various places online: FaernWorks website, Twitter, Facebook, Faern in the Works Blog.


About Erica Rodefer Winters

Erica Rodefer Winters is a writer, prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, and mama living in Charleston, SC. As the former online editor for Yoga Journal magazine, she lived and breathed yoga at work and at home. She practiced with amazing teachers every day, went to yoga conferences, and had a supportive environment to live her yoga. Now, she's trying to navigate yoga in the real world. Her blog, Spoiled Yogi, is about her journey to find contentment and live in the present, no matter what. Her loves include her family, her sweet 3-year-old Annabelle, yoga, writing, and SO many other things!


10 Responses to “So Hum: Express Yourself!”

  1. Love this project.

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  2. faern! says:

    thanks bob!

  3. Subhash says:

    Item # 3: If you need a certain type of clothes to make you feel great, you have a long way to go before you call yourself a yogi/yogini!

  4. tanya lee markul says:

    I LOVE this article. I feel so much energy and inspiration simply from reading and absorbing its words. Yoga is amazing at de-programming. It truly astonishes me to think about how much we do, think and act that isn't really 'us' – I love how yoga brings it back. Keep it real – love it. Thank you!!

  5. Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  6. yogijulian says:

    lovely article! personally i find that apologizing from time to time and asking permission are kinda crucial and needn't be disempowered or self-negating – in fact these graces seem to lead to more intimacy, mutual respect and freedom to go deep!

    the rest of the list sounds spot on though.. 🙂

  7. faern! says:

    thank you!

  8. faern! says:


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