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March 2017 issue
Yoga
by Michael O’Neill
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
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Recovering and rebuilding from a severe medical crisis and potential handicap moved me towards meditation and yoga.  As I immersed myself in this process of practice and studies, I suppose it was the childlike curiosity and desire to meet the great masters that led to the proposal of the project, “A Visual Journey Through Yoga”, filmic in it’s manifestation.  Ten years, thousands of frames, gobs of many and many journeys later resulted in the book published by “my dream” publishing house: Taschen. During my career I chose not to do a monograph retrospective of my work and history past.  Yoga became the palette for a book and an adventure.  The images are simply my visual interpretation of yoga as it transits from classical lineage to “Yoga in modern times”. The book has it’s own life now.  A film about the book  and my journey in yoga is almost complete and after all these years I still feel like a beginner trying to absorb, and I remain in awe. 
Meditation, H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama.  Bloomington, Indiana, 1996.
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa at her most holy of places, the Golden Temple.  Amritsar, India, 2006.
Peace. Rishikesh, India, 2007.
Jazzed, Wired, Juiced, Flying. Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, 2007.
Levitating Lotus. Varanasi, India, 2009.
White Tantric, Summer Solstice Sadhana. Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico, 2009.
Matsyasana (lotus fish pose), Swami Yogananda at 98 years of age. Ganges, Rishikesh, 2009.
Mallakhamb poses. Varanasi, India, 2009.
B.K.S. Iyengar. Pune, India, 2006.
Jivamukti Yoga by the Manhattan Bridge, David Life and Sharon Gannon.  Brooklyn, New York, 2006.
Gandalf, Betaal Giri Maharaj. Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, 2007.
13th and Hudson, niralamba shirshasana (hands-free headstand). Dharma Mittra, New York City, 2006.
Heaven Meets Earth. Ladakh, 2010.
Surya namaskar (saluting the sun). Haridwar, 2010.
Raised-up dwi pada shirsasana (two feet behind the head pose). Ganges, Haridwar, 2010.
Dhanurasana (bow pose). Christy Turlington Burns. Ammagansett, 2006.
Natarajasana (dancing Shiva pose), Shiva Rea. El Mirage Lake, California, 2006.
Moses, Vishwa Atma Nandji. Rishikesh, 2006.