Sunrise Yoga Photoshoot

"I am not strong for a girl, I am just strong" 

I follow a dozen of yoga girls on instagram. Those incredibly fit and strong ladies keep inspiring me to meet my fitness goals. I regret giving up yoga after joining college. That was 10 years ago. Today, I am running a race again time to attain the same flexibility. And boy it's tough!! 

As soon as the weekend arrives, I wake up my husband at 4:30 am (waking is an understatement :P ), make him drive 25 km to watch sunrise at Clovelly Beach. It had been my dream to be photographed like a silhouette against the rising sun. In case you haven't read about this new obsession of his - read Husband Histrionics

On the first day I tried few simple yoga poses as I had just started my practice and didn't want to fall off the cliff with a pulled muscle. 

Camel or Utrasana pose

Dancer's Pose or Natarajasana

Last week was pretty awesome as the waves were super high, reaching heights higher than the cliff where I was standing. I so wish I was in the position when the waves hit. 

Warrior III or Virbhadrasana III

 I came across the Wild Thing pose while looking for Yoga photo-shoot ideas and was quite intimidated by it. It was only when I started Vinyasa flow I realized how easily you can get into this position. After much practise, here it is. I love how it opens up, like a blooming flower. So artistic!!

Camatkrasana or Wild Thing Pose

Tree pose or Vrkasana

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose B or Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana B
Behind the scenes - these waves chased me around, drenched me while I was standing in the Tree Pose, and my darling of a husband didn't even warn me, maybe seeking revenge for waking him up at unearthly hour, that too on a weekend. But since he is an early rise, he didn’t complain much. 

I try to add Yoga in my fitness regime atleast twice a week, most days it’s cardio and core. Since I don’t go to gym and have a tendency to get bored easily, I have to keep looking for motivation. 

I have a long long longgggg way to go before I even start attempting headstands. Frankly, it scares the hell out of me. And to top it all, my show off of a husband does handstands like it’s a child play. And he knows no humility, keeps taunting me whenever I am against the wall, pondering whether to raise the left leg first or right. Hmmpphh!!!!

Linking to Our World Tuesday


  1. Those pictures are soooooooooooooooooo beautiful. Damn I am jealous of your flexibility sweetheart!!!
    I am going to start yoga too. Hmmm!

  2. Wow! I can't imagine ever getting up at 4:30 am (unless I'm catching a flight somewhere), but kudos to you and your dedication. Those photos look amazing too.

  3. Brilliant photographs and great resolve on your part to having gone from virtual following to actual following! Bests, Sam.

  4. I am good at breathing exercises. I can't think of attempting anything beyond that. Shots are gorgeous and to die for.

  5. Wow!you combine pleasure with your fitness regimen.Doing yoga at a beautiful beach watching the sun rise does not come by to all.

  6. Beautiful photos of beautiful you, Rajlakshmi! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Good for you with the yoga. The photos are wonderful. - Margy

  8. Haha! Reminds me I need to go back to class after a year of pause. Lazy bum that I am!!! WoW! I am in awe, you are so flexible:)

  9. Wow beautiful pictures and yoga. You are so flexible. Thanks for sharing.

  10. You're very flexible and those shots were fabulous. The beach is such a perfect setting for yoga.

  11. Beautiful silhouette shots, and I love the shot with the crashing wave!

  12. A great way to start the day. A beautiful collection of photos.

  13. Gorgeous photos :) Glad you could 'persuade' your husband to take photos of you.

  14. how amazing to be able to do Yoga with such a back drop. No wonder you were inspired!

  15. Such a wonderful photo yoga series.. I love the colors and the light!

  16. Fabulous Husband :) for waking up and then taking the photoshoot.. Great shots

  17. Hey you have shared such simple but effective yoga poses here in your blog. Your photo shoot idea is really unique, which I haven’t seen earlier. Do you have links of online yoga classes as I want to learn yoga with my husband? Help me dear.


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