I had the pleasure to spend an evening with Sandy Braz, from Yoga Yoga studio. Initially planned as a collaborative project with the studio, this portrait series took a turn to reveal instead a close up at what sensuality and femininity are through the heart and energy of Sandy.
Sensuality is an expression that can be interpreted as many ways as there are different women. So we've asked her the same questions as our first portrait. Her strong energy, her love for yoga, and her passion for teaching inspired us to jumpstart this project with her.
L: How do you connect with yourself?
S: Teaching is what enables me to connect with myself and with others. I like to move around, be active. I am very independent but I am getting to a phase where I like to be around people more. I love the classes, the peacefulness of the practise mixed with the collective energy from the students, gives me power to move through. I used to love being alone in my own space. That space became the Yoga Yoga Studio, and now, it's meant to be shared.
L: Is lingerie important for you? Why?
S: I love it. When I first started the studio I didn't want to wear classic yoga clothes, I would usually wear a bra as a top, something comfortable, soft, that would not let me forget my feminine side while practising. I like to stay myself during the session, where I can be sensual and strong at the same time. I believe also that lingerie is important to wear for someone else.
L: I agree, do you feel that this last statement is going against the current movement of wearing underwear for yourself as a first intention?
S: Of course, the purpose of lingerie needs to stay for your own comfort and connection with your body first but it's nice to share that feel good feeling with someone else too. I try to stay away from all the trends that would tell you strongly how to take care of yourself. I trust my instinct of when I need it, when my body needs it, when I have the proper time or mood for it.
L: Tell me about your studio.
S: Yoga Yoga is studio and collective space where we host not only yoga classes but events, life performances, meetings, and workshops. Community is our culture here, maybe even before the yoga. Our classes are inspired by the people who take them; we are a community of friends, neighbours, siblings, partners, teachers and coworkers. Everything we do is a reflection of the people who train here, and that's why it works.
L: Does Mystical mean anything to you?
S: People would expect that because I practice yoga, Mystical is something that plays a big part of my life. The feminine mystique is an idea that always intrigues me, I am getting closer to it now. I am curious to get to know more where that connection is in me. I am ready to believe in something again.
Merci Sandy. 🖤
Sandy is wearing the Mystical cross-over bra and bikini briefs.