After spending a few hours with Joe and 11 other yoga teachers, taking pictures in Columcille Megalith Park, he came back to my house. We sat outside and talked, so you may hear the occasional sound of nature doing its thing. This podcast is a few minutes longer than usual because talking with Joe is easy and fun, and I believe that you will agree with me after you hear the interview.
Joe picked up his first camera on a school field trip at the Pennsylvania state capitol in 5th grade. While the camera never took a decent picture, it connected to something within Joe. He did not touch a camera again until college. Even though he skipped most of the photography classes that semester, it did awaken the passion for taking pictures. After moving towards photography and away and then back again, he eventually found a way to combine his passion for photography and a yogic lifestyle by taking pictures of yogis and other fitness professionals.
We talk about growing up born-again Christian and about his newest project called Paw Prints Pro; which is creating art with pets and meeting the desires of the pet owner. Joe explains how he transitioned from a 9-5 job to making money through yoga and at the same time gives a great example of how not to do it, then tells how to make the transition the correct way. He talks about his baby, the Tattooed Yoga Project. And we also hit on the pleasure of working for yourself even when you are poorer than ever and still be happier than ever.
Big Announcement: On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2017, there will be a special event: All over the country, teachers will be running a class that is dedicated to the veterans of the U.S. military to honor their efforts and to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day. All proceeds from the class will go to a scholarship fund that will send veterans to a yoga teacher training run by VEToga. VEToga was created by veterans, for veterans. You can learn more on the Facebook page for Boundless Service. We are currently looking for teachers that would like to participate. You can sign up as a teacher or participant on the Boundless Service website. #HelpingVetsHelpVets
A few of the media that Joe mentioned in our conversation:
Gary Vaynerchuck’s book, Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
Sada Sat Kaur, one of the teachers leading Joe’s teacher training is a renowned kirtan artist. You can check out some of her recordings, below.
Thank you, Matt Worley for the introduction to this podcast. Matt is a yoga, SUP yoga and AcroYoga Teacher based in Newcastle in Australia.
And a big THANK YOU to 13 Hands for allowing us to use their song, Big Love as the intro and outro. You can learn more about 13 hands on their website and bandcamp.
What a great listen! I feel so special to have been part of the yoga shoot that you were referencing. It was a beautiful day! You are an inspiration!