PINKGOLD

60 second look into 24 hours. Flight to NY to freestyle with the God and photograph the Goddess @ReignGlobal! I’ll be capturing more in this style since I can edit from ze phone with quite ease plus this phone quality is not bad at all. London in the jungle.Look forward to visual magic from ReignGlobal very soon

Yogi Selects w. Tierra Denae

In an attempt to find some random yogis I put out a IG story  requesting anyone that views it to tag a yogi …. one & only one person came through @alana_not_graceful and tagged a super dope yogi that goes by @Tierra.Denae  I briefly scrolled through her page and caught a few ideas! I’m definitely looking forward to attending a disconnect retreat! check out what she shared about yoga and life!

What has yoga helped you open yourself up to receiving that you may have been having trouble with before?

Vibrations of the earth around me. I believe I was stuck with the falsities of “reality.” Especially in the United States, our idea of what is right or wrong, what being rich means, and how we treat one another. I wasn’t receiving the truth of the world, and my internal light.

How do you incorporate your photography practice in with your yoga regime and vice versa?

Yoga to me is life. Bringing everything together and making it delicious, and fluid. I try to discover something new everyday. With my photography, and modeling for others, I hope to bring to do that as well. Also capturing the moments that don’t always look “pretty.”

Why Is the disconnect-retreat necessary in a technology dominant time and can you tell us more about it?

We are addicted to “likes” and opinion sharing. Even myself. The Disconnect came about after going to a yoga retreat and seeing so many people still very connected to everything outside of their current experience with one another.  I thought to myself if I ever had a retreat, no one would be able to use electronic devices (outside of the photographer) so that we could truly get back to human connection. Every retreat since that time has been increasingly better and deeper.

 

 

Can you recall your first memory if so describe the experience.

Yes, I was 2 or 3 maybe, my mother was driving us back to our small apartment and it was dark. A storm had just ended but the lightening still glowing within the clouds. I remember seeing faces and people in the clouds, colors of black, red, and purple.

While meditating have you had any experiences/sensations that are hard to explain? 

Yes, I attempt to, but sometimes I just keep the sensations to myself and honor that it was had.

 

Are there lessons you have learned from the ocean?Absolutely. What we need more than anything is support. We can’t do everything alone. Pollution is hard to get rid of, in the oceans, the mind, the body, one another, but it can be done with time and patience.

I noticed you practice with a community, is it more fun or benefit to do yoga with others or alone? I’ve always practiced by myself so I find the group gatherings fascinating…I like it both ways, my community allows me to find connection through a lot of the sensations I feel when I practice. They keep me accountable and in check when I am in doubt. My personal practice is something a bit more sacred. I speak with my ancestors and tap into my goddess energy.

 

 

Sometimes what’s hard is your head, Not your heart….. How does yoga help you ease the mind and open your heart?

Compassion. I’ve learned compassion through yoga. If nothing else, it creates a space for me to love better, be kinder in thought and action with others. And that space allows for an open mind.

What is meditating/practicing in a pyramid like? and Are you familiar the book Shape power?

I could try to explain it, but you’ll have to come see for yourself. Some people cry immediately upon entry and even before practice. The space sits on a vortex of energy so each experience is different. I have personally felt an array of emotions and vibrations. I have not heard of it, but I’m putting it on my list now!

 

How can fear be beneficial?

Fear is beneficial in that its a guide to what you are capable of. Your dreams are often right on the other side waiting for you to work through it all.

Is there anything you would like to say to the readers of infocus247.com?

Allow time for your mind to be still and your heart to be open. The possibilities become endless and your legend to be built.

Yogi Selects – The.Brotha.That.Cooks

On this run through of Yogi Selects I took a scroll on Instagram to discover  The.Brotha.That.Cooks. Being a brother that cooks myself, I knew I would get some home cooked quality answers. Check out the light dive below!

How do you stay rooted in your yoga practice to ensure lifelong progress?

I stay rooted in my yoga practice by staying realistic with myself and my expectations. I set goals in my head of certain poses that I want to have down, knowing full well that it will take me years to develop the strength and body awareness. My decision to get into yoga was mindful at its roots. I was a Division 1, Olympic Level swimmer before my transition, and even when it came as the choice to swim and not play football or basketball, I wanted to choose something that I could do throughout my lifetime and not destroy my body in the process. When it comes to the practice of yoga, I keep it first and foremost as an internal practice. The Asanas are secondary. I also follow the advice of more advanced yogis when it comes to what they say about the asanas. Listening to your body, not letting your ego get in the way when it comes to wanting to do a pose. On days that it doesn’t want to bend as far, or the handstands just aren’t being hit, it’s okay… just stay mindful of the breath

Did yoga effect your choice of what you decide to consume as food, if so why?

It was more so the other way around, I was becoming more mindful of what I was eating and then it led me towards yoga intuitively. I believe that when it comes to eating a plant-based diet as I follow it clears up the mind and naturally one will start to look for practices that are more holistic in nature and more about the relationship that you develop with you holistic self, not like most others that the relationship is carnal, how fast you go, how high you jump, how much you lift, what place you got in a competition. From being an athlete for most of my life, often you will find that the motivations behind great success come from the fear of being inadequate…based on a number. 

What is the most logical thought you can think of pertaining to yoga as well as the most illogical?

Where do you find balance between the two?The most logical: Yoga is all about the connection between the mind, breath and body. The most illogical: The best yogis can do handstands and the most spiritual sit in full lotus I find balance between the two by staying in check with myself by listening to my body. I follow the advice of my yoga teachers and reflect on how I look to them for advice…to others my natural strength may lead some to think I’m a “better” yogi than them because of the asanas I can perform. I then look at myself and set goals towards having a practice where I stay aware of my breath for the entire hour and not pushing myself to advance an asana every class. It has led me to gleam more understanding of self and reality from my practices.


What was your perception of yourself before yoga and after?

I’ll take this question to be what my perception is before I practice yoga and then myself afterwards.Before I practice, I am often very busy in my mind, somewhat like a bees nest, focusing too much on the trivial matters of life jumping from one task to the next. Very shallow breathing.After I practice, I am more in the moment. Focused on the task at hand and not as worried about the artificial construct of time, but rather the quality of the work that I am performing

If the food you eat effects your mind state, how did you come to this observation?

 I became most aware of this in August 2018 when I first ate raw vegan for 30 days. During that period, my skin was clearing up, I was forced to deal with some traumas of my past in my dream realities and I had more energy than ever before. I was eating as plant-based as I could before but eating Raw made me take a second look at the ingredients in my food. Also, during the holiday season I consciously chose to eat animal protein again with my family, so I could take note of the difference first-hand when I reverted. I noticed that I would often fall asleep right away, I was very groggy and lazy for about 48-72 hours after eating the animal protein. It makes me appreciate eating plant-based that much more because I have an accurate mental and physical record of the effects. I know by first-hand reflection that I am doing the best for my mind, body and by eating plant-based. Not just following an emotional trigger from an online post. Do best for yourself by trial and self-reflection.

Share your perspective/experience on conscious breathing.

The breath is the first thing that you do when you get here and the last thing you do when you leave. It plugs you into this reality. The nature of the thoughts is directly connected to the speed and the depth of the breath. Breath is everything. Think of it as your pulsating and changing the charge of the neurons in the air and space around and inside of you. Your breath is a step into programming your reality.

Do you think the expectations you have now will hold the same value toward the conclusion of your life time?

The aspects of me that are deeply programmed and more “hard wired” still have the ability to change through time, so for the most part I believe I will continue to grow and learn through my existence in this avatar.

Have you experienced any yoga related dreams or hard to explain meditation experiences?

For my meditations, I often get visuals of mandalas in a rhythmic pattern, feels like some signs of communication, but more feeling than hearing and navigating through the “music” or “bells”. I’m a, HBI student and I am thankful for the accurate knowledge and fluid format that they provide me along my path of spiritual development

When did you realize you would continue your yoga practice after starting?

I first learn of yoga when I was a child, I did it as a supplement to swimming because it helps open up the hips and maintain shoulder stability and strength. Besides that, I like the incorporation of the mind, body and breath. Swimming is very much the same way, because you breath opposite of when you are running, In through your mouth and out your nose. When you are pacing for distance the breathing rhythm is a large part of staying consistent. I also enjoy how you can simply do yoga by yourself and it takes up a small amount of space, you can do it anywhere and you can do it until the body dies. I consciously made a choice to chose habits that I could still do in my 100s (years of age)

 

 

 

Infocus247 – The 19

More content seems to be the goal these days with that being said we’re back on that mission! More YouTube videos mainly, subscribers seem to build up faster than I can upload so I’m looking forward to interacting more on that platform!

YouTube – 3 videos a week on the tube! Could be more but quality over quantity is the key over here. From short doc style videos to abstract cinematic captures!

Plenty of Yogi Selects. Yogis tend to move on cp time so I’ll create 7 questionnaires but receive a couple within normal time periods.

Book Selects – More books with mystical and fascinating information will be postedRecipe selects, cannabis selects. Travel selects + more….

Blogging – Sharing more of the day to day behind the scenes of our photoshoots videoshoots or daily workout progress.

Workshops – We are now offering basic photography and videography workshops for those that would like an introduction to content creation. For more info go to Infocus247.com/workshop

Merchandise Cubensis T – Shirts are still available, I will be hitting up ByrdEyeView for another batch of Grey print ups!

Introducing The Cube – Feels like I’m going to be more vocal about raising awareness of Cubensis mushrooms. There is a transition period going on right now and I would like to be ahead of the wave. Writing a book up will be a great way to organize all these experiences and ideas to be shared!

 

Hemp Legalized?

Yes, The fiber of hemp, a non-intoxicating derivative of the cannabis plant, is used to make a variety of products, such as cardboard, carpets, clothes, paper and more.

Hemp production and sales have historically been illegal under the same federal prohibition against marijuana. The farm bill only deals with industrial hemp and does not address recreational or medical marijuana.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worked with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to introduce a bill to legalize hemp, which was ultimately included in the farm bill.

The farm bill helps removes obstacles farmers face in growing hemp, including restricted access to banking, water rights and crop insurance. Hemp is easier to grow than cotton, corn or soybeans as it requires little water and can be viable in lower-quality soil that is not practical for other crops.

Cannabis Select: Lambsbread

What is Lamb’s Bread?

Also called “Lamb’s Breath,” Lamb’s Bread is a bright green and sticky sativa strain. The effects have been known to give mass amounts of energy and positive introspection. Stress subsides quickly from the Lamb’s Bread buzz, which can help ease depression. The origins of this plant comes from Jamaica and it has been reported that even Bob Marley himself has encountered this wonderful slice of cannabis genealogy. – Leafly

 

Try some if you get a chance!

Focus Photography Videography Workshop

It has been thought about long enough. Some ideas pop out and before you know it your in it. I’m glad to say Infocus247 and Bluetreasurephotography is now offering classes teaching basic videography and photography techniques to capture an image and tell a story. There are times where some concepts and buttons may be hard to grasp. With hands on in the field practice we can help you gain a better understanding on how to capture the shot you are looking for. We completed our first group class over the weekend in Houston.

Here’s an example of a student learning the technique of rack focusing.

The class/session is 2 hours long with 2 teachers at 100.00

What will you require. – A camera ( No iPhones… that’s a different class)

We provide a print out overview of the basics we will be covering.Shutter speed, F – Stop, white balance and ISO

A PDF file for the videography half that details shot structure, being prepared and techniques for cinematic shots.

Go to Infocus247.com/workshop for more info . Use the contact form below to reach out

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