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Professional photographer and humanitarian Robert Sturman uses his camera and passion for yoga to tell human stories that bridges different peoples from different walks of life. Yoga is for everyone everywhere. In this episode, we explore:

  • Capturing images of yoga in prisons and how that is helping inmates find peace, mindfulness, better health and feel seen
  • Amputees in stunning yoga postures, elicits courage, hope, empowerment and strength for those with disabilities
  • Yoga through the ages which includes kids yoga in classrooms and the inspirational poses of 100-year old yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch reminding us that yoga is for youth as well as to maintain a youthful body into our twilight years
  • Yoga benefits for PTSD, stress management, pain management especially for first responders, fire fighters, police officers and military personnel
  • Photographing breast cancers survivors after a double mastectomy surgery allows women to feel beautiful and confident again while demystifying the face of cancer
  • Uniformed police officers doing yoga humanizes the men and women on the police force, helping to bridge the gap with civilians and ease tensions
  • Featuring uniformed men and women from the army, navy and marines doing yoga for fitness, stress management and flexibility
  • How yoga is for everyone, meeting people where they are with various types of yoga for all ages, abilities, genders, cultures and vocations


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Robert Sturman

Photographer Robert Sturman is a dedicated yoga practitioner who captures the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, from the bleakness of San Quentin Prison to the lively streets of Manhattan, from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and the beaches of Malibu to the timeless elegance of Walden’s New England, remind us that there is beauty everywhere.

Sturman’s stunning repertoire runs the gamut from African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya to yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. It looks with bravery and compassion at breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, in an effort to help change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides each day. 

In Sturman’s own words, “I often think of Rumi’s words ‘I can’t stop pointing to the beauty.’ That feels right to me.”   

Sturman has been the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world. His honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2008 United States Olympics. 

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