Derek Pashupa Goodwin Bio
Yoga and photography are two of the main passions of my life. Yoga brings awareness to the present moment, photography records it. Both depend on posing and alignment. The blending of two loves is a blessing I am grateful for.
I am a Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and my understanding of alignment and philosophy informs my work. My partner Siewli Stark is also a yoga teacher and assists me on many of the sessions. She is my favorite subject. It helps to have someone to do spontaneous sessions with. The natarajasana photo in the snow happened one day when we were home and there was a snowstorm, and she came out to play with me.
The more aware we are of the fullness of the present moment, the better we can be at anything we pursue. Photography, music and yoga are my practices to build this awareness. I hope these photos will help bring others to find peace and harmony in their lives.
"Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion towards all beings."
I found Jivamukti Yoga, along with many other epiphanies, in New Orleans. I was instantly attracted because of the philosophical emphasis on compassion, in unison with a vigorous vinyasa practice. In 2011 I went and took their teacher training, and have been teaching ever since.