On display now is a new photographic series by Heather Speer Photography. This is a black and white series of A Yoga Body, “Witness to Sadhana,” featuring Jan Pendleton of Lake Wylie’s Riverbirch Yoga. The works are in display this Saturday, January 8, during Second Saturday Market Time, which is from 10-11 am. If this Second Saturday doesn’t work, one can also set up a viewing by appointment. Simply contact Heather Speer or Jan Pendleton at Riverbirch Yoga. Of course, if you would like to attend a yoga class while there, that can also be arranged! Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at 6pm. However, please call Jan first for availability.
When asked how she felt about the process of being a model for this project and on how the photos turned out, Jan’s remarks are as follows…
“Heather is not only a most gifted artist, but she’s a tender and caring photographer to work with. She encouraged me to just do what I do naturally and she was there witnessing my presence. That made this experience so very special on many levels. In Yoga, we study “the Witness,” – that part of our consciousness that can step back from our usual way of looking at ourselves and the world around us as well as what our senses tell us … and can “see” all expressions of ourselves. These photos have that capacity for me. When I look at them, I don’t see a body in postures really……I am seeing a devotional and spiritual presence that I know and celebrate within myself….it is what I teach and what I strive to share with everyone. These photos convey Yoga in the bigger and deeper sense…they convey My Yoga, My Sadhana, My Path. The Sanscrit word Sadhana means basically Path and Practices….My Path as well as THE PATH…..and The Practices that bring me back to awareness of My Path. When I look at the photos, I feel myself called to Sadhana, I see My Sadhana expressed. They inspire and move me. They remind and speak to me of the quiet sweet presence of Oneness.
This was all a huge surprise to me once I saw what Heather produced. I guess I might have expected simply body in motion or body in positions. What I see there is a stillness and deep, deep presence that I honor and practice and for which I am dearly grateful. Thank you, Heather, for Witnessing for me!” – Jan Pendleton, Riverbirch Yoga
Heather is humbled and thankful for the experience of working with Jan. For Heather as well, these images go beyond postures and pictures of a body…they are a deeper insight.
Heather and Jan hope that you can make it out to see the exhibit Saturday during Market time, but if not, call for appointment.
Also, the exhibition is open for scheduling, so if you would like to see “Witness to Sadhana” presented in another space soon, please let Heather know.
Happy New Year!
For more information about scheduling a visit, a show, or commissioning Heather, contact her at:Heather Speer Artist, Photographer, Educator Charlotte, Tega Cay,Rock Hill, & Fort Mill , SC Areas firstname.lastname@example.org 803-517-6528