Yoga photography is a passion that comes easily to me. In 1994 I was in college on a summer photography workshop in the Desert Southwest, and one of my teachers happened to be a Kundalini yogi. Since then yoga and photography have been intertwined in my life. In 2011 I began photographing yogis in New Orleans and soon after was teaching Jivamukti Yoga and photographing yogis all over the USA. My goal for the future it to travel the world teaching and photographing. I hope you will become a part of that dream, either in front of my camera, in my yoga class, or by becoming a fan of my work!
Photographs by Derek Pashupa Goodwin of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. The photos create a window into the emotional lives of the cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats and sheep that have escaped terrible fates to live out their lives in a loving, safe home.
I have been photographing weddings professionally since 2000, and am known for my unobtrusive nature and ability to capture special moments from unique perspectives. My style for capturing events is mainly photojournalist / documentarian, and I include lots of photos of the details that make each wedding special. I studied fine art photography at RIT and bring a fine art vision to my portraits.
AcroYoga is a form of partner yoga that combines acrobatics, yoga, and therapeutics (in the style of Thai Massage). It is a great way to learn to work with others, building trust and community. I have been practicing since 2010 when I began learning from my friend Aaron Lind in New Orleans. It is very beautiful to photograph.
Photos by Derek Pashupa Goodwin of farm animals that are featured in the book Ninety-Five: Meeting America’s Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs by the publisher No Voice Unheard. "This collection of stories and photographs by rescuers, caregivers and animal lovers will show you a side of these animals you may not have thought possible." Ninety-Five is the number of animals saved every year by one person's decision to eat a vegan diet.
Photographs by Derek Pashupa Goodwin of the Burning Man festival in Black Rock desert of Nevada. The photos capture fire dancing, explosions, the burning of the man, yoga, art, and radical self expression. Through the eyes of one psychonaut on the eternal plane of existence.
I lived in New Orleans for 3 winters, 2010-2012. In that time I created the NOLA Yoga Photography Project to raise money for my 2011 Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training. It was the beginning of my passion for yoga photography.
I began studying Jivamukti Yoga at Swan River Yoga in New Orleans in 2009. In 2011 I became a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and in 2012 moved to NYC to work for Jivamukti as their Web Editor. I have had lots of opportunities to photograph teachers. These are some of my favorites.
Farm Sanctuary is the oldest and largest farmed animal rescue organization in the United States. I have been visiting there since 1998. I officially began photographing the farmed animals living there in 2001, and have been going regularly ever since. They currently run three shelters - the original shelter in Watkins Glen, NY, and two shelters in California. I have become close friends with many of the people who have worked at the sanctuary over the years, most notably the animal caretaker Susie Coston and sanctuary founder Gene Baur. I feel a deep connection to the place and the people who care for the animals. These are some of the thousands of photographs I have taken over the years.