Smiling is Mouth Yoga.

Via elephant journal
on Mar 7, 2012
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Kathryn Budig

 {a photographic essay by Robert Sturman}

That’s it—That’s all I can remember him saying. It’s hard for me to put big ole’ smiles in my work. And I even asked Ms. Budig to please stop looking at me and smiling. She stopped looking at me but the teeth only got bigger and brighter. And then I remembered that I heard Thich Nhat Hanh say —

 “smiling is mouth yoga.”  

Cristi Cristensen
Very rarely has someone even tried to smile and show teeth in my work. Over time, these have become some of my favorites because the smile really is contagious. So, I do declare, I’m gonna welcome your teeth.  Why not?
Ashley Turner

Inmate at a Northern California Prison Enjoying Class

Even the prisoners are flashing teeth.

Case Closed.


Other Photo Essays by Robert Sturman

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Editor: Kate Bartolotta


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4 Responses to “Smiling is Mouth Yoga.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Now this post is CONTAGIOUS! I dare you to go through these images & NOT smile. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Andréa Balt says:

    Perfect timing. My mouth needed the longest stretch possible today.

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on elephant culture.

    Andréa Balt, editor elephant culture.
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  3. yogijulian says:


  4. Helen says:

    Here’s a good way to practice your mouth yoga and make some cash for charity at the same time:! 🙂