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.