It's common to catch people practicing yoga in a studio or even in a quiet park, but one photographer's capturing the art of yoga in a particularly refreshing and tranquil space — the ocean.
When asked about her inspiration for the shoot, Kalis tells A Plus in an email that "being underwater already puts you in a meditative state. You feel the warm water around your body, you hear your heartbeat, your weight is changing and you feel open, relaxed and alert. All [those] sensations make you forget about everything else but what is in front of you. You live in this present moment, in now."
Kalis believes there are two factors that make being underwater particularly beautiful: the lighting and the feeling of weightlessness.
"Waves create beautiful shapes and reflections that [are] difficult to achieve about the water," she says, adding that "the ability to move freely and have unusual angles for photography" is beneficial.
Such results are evident in her photos, which feature crystal clear blue waters accompanied by elegant shadows, human movement and meditative poses, and even the unexpected stingray.
But it isn't as effortless as it looks.
"To find perfectly clear water is one of the biggest challenges for underwater photography," Kalis says. Plus, "you have to use (and maintain) underwater photo and diving equipment. And finding a good underwater model can be challenging. Few people have grace and ability to be comfortable underwater and keep a relaxed face."
Finally, Kalis says that she hopes people can further appreciate and respect the ocean after viewing her photos.
"We as humans have a deep connection with water but often forget where we come from and abuse the hands that nourish us. From overfishing, declining health of the reefs, plastic pollution among other problem that our oceans face today, it is time to wake up and start paying attention to our greatest sanctuary," she says.
(H/T: The Huffington Post)