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Michael Rippy | Fort Worth Yoga Teacher

Teaching – teaching anything – is terrifying. Still, more often than I care to admit, I fight the demons that tell me I don’t know what I’m doing, that I don’t have anything to share. This guy is just beginning his career as a yoga teacher. And he’s got a special way of making people feel really welcomed. He’s strong and silly in the “watch this crow to handstand transition I’ve been practicing all day” and fierce in “let me tell you this story” street smart kind of way. But, there’s a soft vulnerability there – the kind you don’t find every day – that I wanted to see if my lens could capture. To look so closely in someone else’s eyes is a beautifully humbling thing. An hour with him flew by in a blink. So often with my camera I just feel as if I’m having a conversation. Mostly listening and affirming and hopefully – in the end – showing the subject a side of himself he’s not yet seen. Introducing Michael Rippy. You can find him on the schedule at SoulSpace Yoga Community.

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One Response to Michael Rippy | Fort Worth Yoga Teacher

  1. Ms. Shumake,
    I know this man well. It took my breath to read your forward about him. It could not be more spot on. You see, this is my only son. The love of my life, my complete inspiration and my entire world. You have managed to capture a “story” of sorts in your amazing images. I am in awe of your work, and my son’s abilities. He is truly a precious spirit, and I’m certain he brings many life experiences, and a calm but stable and strong presence to all he encounters. You’ve revealed him as he is. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This young man makes my world go round and I am beyond proud of him, and even more proud of what he will continue to accomplish with such caring and wonderful people in his life. You are truly an artist!

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