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A Yogi In Uniform (Gorgeous Photos From LA)

Robert Sturman
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September 30, 2014
Robert Sturman
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September 30, 2014

All around us, there are people in every field creating the life they want to live.

It is a privilege to recognize and celebrate the good in this world, and point towards it. When we enter a dark room and flip the light switch on, the darkness disappears. I'd like to share with you, a new portfolio I created with a police officer in downtown Los Angeles.

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Officer Milo is a yogi whom I have the honor of practicing with at my neighborhood studio. He takes his yoga off the mat and embodies what all police officers were originally titled — "Officers of the Peace."

My work as an artist is not about dreaming of a better world — it is about celebrating the world we have in an effort to bring as much light to it as possible, with hopes of creating a larger reality.

When I was a child, I looked up to police officers as beacons of peace and justice. Re-inspired by Officer Milo, I am a child again, sharing my vision of great cops as the embodiment of cool.

Gallery Credit: Robert Sturman Photography

Meditation At "The Love Shack"

A mural by Cryptik in Venice, Calif.

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Wheel Pose Variation (Urdva Dhanurasana)

L.A.'s Disney Music Hall, Calif. 

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Flying With Both Arms In Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

City Hall: Downtown Los Angeles, Calif.

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Crow Pose (Bakasana) at City Hall

City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Camel Pose With One Arm Raised (Eka Hasta Ustrasana)

Venice, Calif.

Strong and Powerful In Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Photo by Robert Sturman

City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

A Gorgeous Backbend With Hands In Prayer (Namaskar)

City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

Balance Is Achieved In This Handstand Variation

Downtown Los Angeles.

Robert Sturman
Robert Sturman

A dedicated yoga practitioner himself, Sturman's work has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansiveness of Malibu's beaches and canyons, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman's own words "I often think of Rumi: 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me."

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