Photos: The Pure Essence of a Yogi {mild nudity}.

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yoga art samasthitiMatt Kapinus is a teacher in Boulder Colorado. I’ve taken his classes for years, and he was one of the very first instructors I photographed almost 4 years ago. He’s a wonderful teacher, and has a devoted set of students at the studios he teaches at: CorePower Yoga (Boulder and Broomfield) and The YogaPod.

Click on each images to see a larger version. The link at the bottom will take you to the whole gallery from the shoot.






yoga art eagle legs handstandMagic sometimes (mostly?) happens by accident. We had been joshing around for awhile about getting him nekkid, since I’ve been doing more nudes lately, and then one day we just scheduled it. We’ve worked together quite a number of times, so it was straightforward and quick – he warmed up while my assistant and I set up a single light. It’s a setup that I’ve only used once before, so it’s still a bit experimental, but it’s simple and stark. I know his practice well, and the poses he likes and looks good in, so it was pretty much bang, bang, bang. We shot less than 45 minutes, and I only came home with 1/5th the number of raw exposures I normally would.

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And it was magic. Just like yoga.







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Enjoy the full set of images in this Gallery by clicking here.



About Jim Campbell ~ OmLight Photography

Jim Campbell is a yogi, photographer and engineer in Boulder, CO, where he tries to see Yoga in a Whole New Light at OmLight Photography. Follow his regular shoots at and his OmLight Blog. Jim teaches in Boulder at The Little Yoga Studio. He has a particular interest in helping men discover yoga and teaches a mens-only Tight Guy Yoga class at The Little Yoga Studio.


7 Responses to “Photos: The Pure Essence of a Yogi {mild nudity}.”

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  2. meganromo says:

    Very cool. I actually just posed a subject in a yoga series with the photographer Ashley Thalman:…!

    I gained a much greater respect for lighting. And a greater respect for nekked yogis! I only did a single photo topless, but it was still more of a step that I'd have taken without a friendly, skilled photographer on board.

    Though I know we're supposed to see beyond the aesthetics of yoga–and I do, you do, we do–it is a beautiful practice, and I'd hate to see that go unnoticed.

  3. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Beautiful as usual.

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  4. Hannah says:

    Beautiful!!!! I need to make a trip to Boulder even more now! 🙂

  5. LIZ says:

    This man's body is beautiful, just like the girl in the Equinox video. Hopefully everyone won't flip out over seeing his cute bottom and call him names.

  6. Dearbhla says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for taking these.