POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes -- or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face
Lighting a little Hour or two -- is gone.
Think, in this batter'd Caravanserai
Whose Doorways are alternate Night and Day,
How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp
Abode his Hour or two and went his way.
Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise
To talk; one thing is certain, that Life flies;
One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown forever dies.
–– from Omar Khayyam, 11th century Persian poet, (translated by Edward FitzGerald in 1859)
PHOTO: Dorian, a resplendently inked model, from a shoot we did several years ago.

Amando essas novas experiências 😊✨

Atividade física sem obrigação e que ao mesmo tempo te da muito prazer em fazer.

Cada dia um novo desafio, um novo experimento, uma nova superação, o reconhecimento de um limite e fazer tudo isso em um ambiente com pessoas te incentivando.

Obrigado @crossfitcanal 💪🏽

#happiness #luciouslifestyle #bodyastemple #crossfit #gymnastics #weightlifting #fellowship #friends

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
I love this cheeky poem about growing old and having fun:
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
–– from a poem by Jenny Joseph written in 1961.
PHOTO: Treyah is in her forties, a loving mother of three bright and vivacious children. As her friends will inform you, she is not shy about getting naked. But in a moment of vulnerability she expressed to me her concern that she may be “too old and scarred, and not beautiful enough for The Body as Temple” art nudes series.
I explained to her that the very essence of Body as Temple is to celebrate that we are all beautiful as we are; young or old, light or dark, skinny or curvy. And we certainly don’t all need to be crazy pretzely yogis to create elegant images that inspire others. This is one of the images from our session.

"You wanna know the earth?
Know your legs.
You wanna know heaven?
Know your head.
You wanna know everything else?
Know your heart." -taoist teaching of this morning's practice
This waterfall moment captured on film by co-creator @lamargphoto at #olympicpark #washingtonstate
#personalpower #selflove #surrender #innerjourney #wildwoman #openheart #connection #peace #waterfall #filmphotography #nudesinnature #fineartphotography #bodyastemple

➕ t e m p l e ➕ I’ve often struggled with this word given past pain, loneliness, and unworthiness associated. I’ve often struggled with my body, given the same. It would appear that this journey is ever winding, taking us to new and unexpected findings. And so I have been learning to respect my body for the home it has been. For carrying me for all of these years, through all of our journeys, and for all our adventures that will meet us ahead. 📷: @yung_pueblo

My SI joint is super jacked and getting worse. {It goes through these phases.} Sooooo... I finally decided to go see my boy @thestretchdoc {an injury GENIUS!}. It always takes me forrrrreevvvverrrr to make an appointment with him. {Because... self care. 🤦🏽‍♀️} So I take this shot of my #handstand today after my run and yoga practice.
Look how freaking CROOKED my spine and pelvis are 😩

And this is why we need to treat our bodies as temples.

We keep putting off the things we know are going to support and nurture our art, life, Pleasure, soul, and mission... But we can’t serve and create at our HIGHEST if we are neglecting our sacred care.

When your body speaks, it’s time to listen. And keep listening.

Because making our own care our highest priority takes practice.

Soooo happy I get to see John this week. 🤗

As the infamous Kit De Luca would say: Take care of you. 💋
#stalkingthemoon #sexmagicwoman #bodyastemple #prettywoman

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
–– from "Touched By An Angel" - poem by Maya Angelou
Remembering one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. She would have been 90 today.
PHOTO: Faith Hunter showing off her strength and exquisite grace in a shoot we did a few years ago.
Faith, a poet herself, is an inspiring and gifted yoga teacher based in Washington, DC, but teaching world wide. She has a retreat coming up in Zanzibar in October. Check out her full schedule at FaithHunter.com

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
Hymn to Usha (उषा), Goddess of Dawn, from the Rig Veda (RV 6.64.1-2):
Radiant glory of the Goddess of Dawn
White rays spreading like waves in a pond
Your friendly arms lighting our path
Your rich blessings to us for a life lived long
Goodness shines from you in lustrous beams
Luminous rays reach high into the heavens
Decked in beauty, you lay bare your bosom
Radiating majesty, you are the Goddess of Morning
(My humble translation based on Ralph T. H. Griffith’s work from 1889)
Easter blessings! Besides egg hunts, I figured we may also want to sing a hymn to Vedic goddess, Usha. Why? Read on:
“Easter” comes from the name of the old Anglo-Saxon goddess Ēostre. Before the arrival of Christianity, pagans already held feasts for Ēostre in April, to honor the coming of new life in spring.
Early monks preaching about Jesus rising from the dead, coming to new life, found it convenient to associate the festival of Ēostre with the resurrection of Christ. That’s how we got Easter.
That is also how eggs and bunnies, symbols of fertility and new life, got embroiled with Easter. Because Jesus, as far as we know, didn’t really have anything to do with painted eggs and bunnies. But Ēostre did.
Anyone studying the history of Easter, knows this story of goddess Ēostre. But did you know Ēostre is based on an even earlier goddess of antiquity, Hausos, the Proto-Indo-European goddess of Dawn?
Besides Ēostre, Hausos gave rise to many goddesses in later times, such as the Greek Eos, Roman Aurora, Lithuanian Auštrine, Latvian Auseklis, and the oldest of them all, the Vedic goddess Usha. Also, because of the direction the sun rises, the goddess of dawn gave us the word “east”.
There. Now you know why Easter might be nice with a hymn to goddess Usha too. :)
PHOTO: Talking of ancient goddesses, I looked at an ancient hard drive from twenty years ago and found this photo from my film days. Seemed like a fun image to share when talking of painted decorations and bare bosomed goddesses. I created it by taking a white eye-liner pencil (remember those!) and free drawing on my friend’s body.

Am so excited about my new Goddess! Very grateful to the artist for nailing this and making it as enjoyable as getting a tattoo can be. Rage on, blessed warriors!

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
Do what thou wilt, thou shalt not so,
Dark Angel! triumph over me:
Lonely, unto the Lone I go;
Divine, to the Divinity.
–– from “The Dark Angel” by Lionel Pigot Johnson (1893)
This poem is in memory of a friend who passed away a year ago.
PHOTO: Jasmina is a fierce and passionate soul. Doing a shoot with her is always a wild adventure. Having worked in modeling with the biggest names, she is now a gifted Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She has been on the cover of three of my Body as Temple calendars, including the current one.

Making some rough sketches everyday for personality portraits. In love with poetry of Kabir so the song.🙏
Bhala hua meri matki fut gayi
Main to paniya bharan se chhut rahi
Bhala hua meri matki
Bura jo dekhan mein chala
Bura na milya koy
Jo din khoja aapna to
Mujhsa bura na koy
Yeh to ghar hain prem ka
Khala ka ghar na
Sis utaare bhuy dhare
Bhala hua meri matki fut gayi
~kabir by Abida
#kabir #abidaparveen #bhalahuamerimatkifutgayi #maatikasharir #sufi #dessolution #sketches #imakeart #roughsketches #juduality #shoonyata #sunnata #selfless #personalityportraits #beyondself #transcendence #love #gulzar #bodyastemple #sacred #poetry #artist #artistperspective #artandpoetry #artandmusic #sanguine #instaphoto #instavideo #art #artistsofinstagram

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
We are but reflections of what we see
Reflecting on eternity
–– Pardesi Pyara

Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms. As a former athlete I have a great appreciation for those who spent years in professional artistic sports. It’s always inspirational for me and millions of people. #stayinshape #perfection #art #artinspiration #gymnastics #bodyastemple #bodyisatemple #loveartisticsports #balance #artofsport

Delicious Calorie-dense Breakfast or POST Workout idea: vegan gluten free ginger pancakes! As prepared, they’re about 500 calories for the batch and macros are (% P-C-F) 16-67-17; as shown with 2 tbsp maple syrup and cinnamon, ~13-73-14 and about 650 calories (~20gP, 120gC, 10gF). 💪🌱 NOTE: it makes more than what is shown; I had already eaten some...it’s that good.
1/2 C Cup4Cup gluten free flour
1/4 C tapioca flour (Anthony’s)
1/4 C GF quick oats (Bobs Red Mill)
2 scoops Zen Principle pea protein (organic, unsweetened)
1-2 tsp ground ginger organic (powder) (Healthworks)
3/4 C coconut almond milk (or any plant milk)

Blend (use blender) [could use mixer if you prefer]
Coat skillet by hand with a little coconut oil
Preheat skillet Low to medium heat for 2-3min

Drop batter on skillet in 4-6 separate spots. Cook about 3min per side. Sprinkle cinnamon on while it cooks.
On a different note, I have books available for Kindle and in Print on Amazon. If you like printed books and don’t want spend as much, there’s a black and white edition available for $7.99 USD (look for “How to Eat to Improve” by Frank DeFazio) [the other versions are full color]. Check out body-as-temple.com or bodyastemple.net for free content and more info.
#fatloss #musclegain #losefat #gainmuscle #bodyastemple #noanimalsharmed #plantstrong #plantbased #vegan #glutenfree #plantbasedathlete #meatfreeathlete #vegetarian #glutenfree #dairyfree #truepaleo #gainsafter40 #gainsafter50 #fittbasics #howtoeattoimprove #hownottodie #superimmunity #pancakes

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
Goodnight my angel, now it's time to dream
And dream how wonderful your life will be
Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullaby
Then in your heart there will always be a part of me
Someday we'll all be gone
But lullabies go on and on
They never die
That's how you and I will be.
–– Billy Joel, from his 1993 album, River of Dreams
When photographing my pregnant friends I am reminded of lullabies I love. Billy Joel wrote this one for his daughter, Alexa Ray.
When Billy Joel was honored at the Constitution Hall, Washington D.C., in 2014, LeAnn Rimes sang a stirringly ethereal version of this song. Find it on Youtube; you’ll love it.
PHOTO: Jordan is one of the leading Pilates teachers in LA. We met years ago and we have done many beautiful photos together. Now as she gets ready to have her baby I was privileged to create these lyrical portraits of her.

“I like to think of the body as a house, not a temple, because it’s more practical and anything that’s practical is also magical.” —Nevine Michaan
Link in bio to more of #nevinesmagic
Original body as house drawing by Louis Bourgeois

#home #bodyastemple 🙏🌊❤️#selflove

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
Expressive and sullen,
shining bright and retreating into shadows,
on fire and cold as ice,
we are all born with duality.
If you love me,
accept me in all my seasons.
–– Pardesi Pyara
PHOTO: This photo is from a session I did with wild child, drummer, unicorn, healer, acro-yogi, Missy Kai. She just shared this photo on her feed. Thought I’d share it here with you too.

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