Yoga Shoot with Eleonora Raggi & F-Stop Gear

I’m not sure whether it’s a simple coincidence (yes, despite being a yoga teacher and believing that most things happen for a reason I also think some stuff is still out of pure chance every once in a while) or sparked by the fact that I’ve spent most of my professional life in or talking about snow, but the two shootings I’ve so far done for my new profession as a yoga teacher have both been in the snow as well (the first one was shooting a yoga sequence to prepare for wintersports in a little forest close to Munich on the first day of snow that winter).

And while that’s maybe not the typical set up one pictures for yoga, it fits me oh so well. I love the mountains, always have and always will. And living in the Alps half of my time, there’s little I enjoy more than practicing yoga with a view onto a huge pile of rocks, preferably covered in snow.

So when my friend and seasoned (snowboard) photographer Eleonora Raggi asked me to be the subject for an outdoor shoot in the mountains with her sponsor F-Stop Gear to promote the first ever female-specific photo backpack, I obviously didn’t think twice and went up on the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, with them.

Anna Kathalina Langer - Yoga Zugspitze - photo by Eleonora Raggi - Yoga Pose Vrkasana Tree Pose - Mountain Peak Yoga

The prospect of having some amazing shots of me doing what I love the most in front of the backdrop that inspires me most even managed to bury my fear of heights under its enthusiasm. It’s not a terrible fear and has actually never really stopped me from doing anything, but standing on a peak or ridge is still something way out of my comfort zone, and having the ground covered in snow doesn’t really help – especially when it’s not just about standing somewhere but doing yoga. And the weather decides to turn and close in on you. So even though it wasn’t the shot we were hoping for, I’m still super proud of this Vrkasana on 2962 meters! Even more so when I realized we unconsciously photo-bombed most of the tourist who were up there that morning, taking selfies of their trip…

Yoga on the Peak of Zugspitze - Yoga auf dem Gipfel der Zugspitze - Photobombing Tourists - selfies

And we did still get our money shot (and a bunch of other absolutely beautiful pics that will be shared bit by bit) when we went further down onto the Zugspitz Platt and into the Weiße Tal, where I normally love to ride powder and jump cornices or rollers. Which is a lot more fitting than trying to get your legs overhead, as I realized on my first attempts for Pincha Mayurasana, a forearm balance that is among my new favourite poses. Gravity is a lot heavier on almost 3000 meters than it is on more normal sea level grounds, at least it seemed like that to me. With legs heavy as leads, I went for Sirsasana (headstand) instead and gave myself a little lesson in the yogic concept of Santosha, which means contentment and satisfaction with what its (as opposed to always wanting more, bigger, better, higher).

I’m so thankful for this experience! And of course the incredible shots that came out of it, that I will hold dear for ever and ever…

Anna Kathalina Langer - Yoga Zugspitze - photo by Eleonora Raggi - Yoga Pose Sirsasana Headstand - Apres Ski Yoga - Ninjasuit by Airblaster

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