The world of Yoga has been rapidly evolving since it’s early adoption here in the states, with an accelerated interest spawning from the migration of gurus and spiritual enthusiasts of the 60’s and re emerging again in the past decade. Although the physical, mental and spiritual practices aimed to transform the body and mind date back further then we can wikipedia, the upwards of 22 million who practice Yoga in the US has proven that it is more than just a trend.
To accommodate the masses of bendable patrons, the rise of studios and instructors have continued to grow exponentially citywide. Trekking through the sky scraper, warehouse ridden streets of DTLA a juxtaposition of the urban setting and the spiritually influenced students, the term Urban Yogi came to me. A new breed of Yogi had been born from the natural progression of practice, lifestyle and expression within a cosmopolitan environment.
We see it permeating into today’s music culture, with yoga tents popping up at recent music festivals, and inspiring a story of multi-purposeful yet functional fashion.
Most notably, TEEKI, creates fashion-forward yoga wear using an innovative and environmentally conscious textile process that recycles plastic bottles and finishing them off with some rad designs that are appropriate for downward doggin’ and on the streets.
UNVAEL invited Magnetic to document some exceptional talent; a mix of instructors and models channeling the Urban Yogi within. Photographer Natasha Aftandilians was capturing the essence, accentuated with an eccentric wardrobe comprised of LA based brands: Serpent + Stag, turbans by RE:MODE, hand knit tops by Emma & Ella , TEEKI and JUMBIE ART leggings and shorts, and the beautiful nomadic jewelry collection from Lisette Solis that contains relics found from all around the eastern part of the world.
Adaptable, the Urban Yogi hails from the concrete jungle and maintains the flow no matter the vibe, manifesting the mantra: keep it moving
P.S.If you're in Los Angeles tomorrow (September 23rd), check out “LATE NIGHT LYCRA”, a new holistic gathering brought to you by UNVAEL highlighting various forms of Yoga taught by local teachers while listening to stellar DJ’s. No longer will a whack soundtrack kill your vibe.