Yoga, The Secret of Life: Yoga Class with Patricia Walden and Book Talk with Francesco Mastalia
January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm$10 – $30
Come share an enlightening afternoon of photography and yoga. The afternoon will begin at 4 pm with an hour-long yoga class with internationally acclaimed yoga instructor Patricia Walden. At 5 pm, following the yoga class, photographer Francesco Mastalia will discuss the making of his book, his creative process and photographic technique used for YOGA The Secret of Life. Francesco will share his illuminating journey and signing copies of the book.
YOGA The Secret of Life is a photo-documentary about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga. Through photographs and text this fine art book explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit.
The photographs for the project are taken on glass plates using the wet collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850’s. With the use of a large format wooden camera and antique brass lens, glass plates are hand-coated to produce one-of-a-kind “ambrotype” images. The collodion process transports us to another place and time. When the light-sensitive chemicals absorb the sun’s ultraviolet rays, we enter a mysterious world where art and alchemy embrace. Learn more about the book here.
Above Image: Patricia Walden © Francesco Mastalia & Yoga, The Secret of Life © Francesco Mastalia
Patricia Walden is a uniquely inspiring teacher who is renowned for her keen observation, the dynamic depth of her teaching, and the elegant refinement of her practice. She is one of only two North Americans who holds a senior advanced certificate in the Iyengar method.
Patricia came to yoga in her early 20s, as a spiritual calling. In 1976, she met B.K.S Iyengar and was immediately struck by his light, energy, insight, and genius, as well as by his joy in yoga and delightful humor. She became his devoted student and has been traveling to Pune, India, to study with him (and his daughter Geeta) every year since. Under Guruji’s guidance, she has developed her own methodical and inspirational approach to practice and teaching.
Patricia has been a prominent figure in the evolution of yoga in the United States and has played an active role in the Iyengar Yoga community since the mid-1980s. She co-founded the B.K.S Iyengar Center of Cambridge, served as president of the B.K.S Iyengar Association of Massachusetts, and co-chaired the 1987 B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Convention. She helped start the National Certification Committee and has served on it for more than 23 years. Currently, she is vice president of the B.K.S. Iyengar Regional Association of New England.
Francesco Mastalia has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. His first book DREADS, published by Workman Artisan, is a photo-documentary on the history of dreadlocks. Photographed on location in Ethiopia, Kenya, Angola, Namibia, Senegal, India, Japan, New Zealand, Jamaica and throughout the United States, now in its eighth printing, DREADSincludes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.
His second book “ORGANIC” Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley, documents the Hudson Valley’s organic sustainable food movement. Published by powerHouse Books, the 17,000-mile journey includes over 100 of the regions farmers and chefs. The portraits for the project were photographed using the wet-collodion process, a photographic technique developed in the mid-19th century. Works from ORGANIC are included in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.
The current book YOGA The Secret of Life is a photo-documentary about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga. Through photographs and text this fine art book explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading yoga practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit. YOGA The Secret of Life is included on Elizabeth Avedon’s list of Best Photography Books of 2017.