Saturday, April 28, 2018

Photographer Andy Richter contemplates yoga around the world

By Jonathan Blaustein
Bhandari Baba, a yogi who has been silent over 10 years, meditating in his cave in the foothills above Rishikesh, India. Credit Andy Richter
Given the partisan tumult of 2017, many Americans probably feel like they could use a cold shower or a hot bath. In stressful times like these, it can help to find a relaxation regimen, which might explain the popularity of Eastern traditions like tai chi, qigong and yoga. The photographer Andy Richter, a Minnesota native and former ski patrolman, has been devoted to his yoga practice since 2004. In 2012, he set out on a mission to deeply explore yoga, including visiting with many masters. After five years of travel — and likely some sore muscles — during which he photographed everyone from enlightened beings to pregnant teens, his resulting project, “Serpent in the Wilderness,” was published by Kehrer Verlag and will be on view in several exhibitions this year. [More]
Following two and a half days of White Tantric Yoga, yogis in New Mexico take a walk with their eyes closed. Credit Andy Richter