You can't deny that Los Angeles is health nut central. If there's anything that's not lacking in the workout capital of the West Coast, it's organic food, yoga and meditation centres and gyms. What's missing though, is probably an exhibition that aligns with Los Angeles' wellness ethos.
Which is where photographer Michael O'Neill comes in. After dedicating 10 years to recording the practices and people surrounding yoga and meditation, O'Neill has released his photographs in a major exhibition at TASCHEN gallery. Following yoga's journey from its humble start in monasteries in the Himalayas to the trendy mindful and physical escape for urbanites, O'Neill's images feature the diverse way yoga has touched lives.
Spanning 80 photographs, his images feature personalities such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Even the fashion crowd — notably Donna Karan — has praised his efforts.
"To study this legacy and to be able to travel through India through Michael's eyes is a feast for the mind, body, and soul," she laments, "a truly transformative experience that I will never forget."
Michael O'Neill. On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace is currently showing at TASCHEN Gallery, 8070 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles.