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Stoke Your Spirit: 26 Images to Inspire Authenticity

Embracing your individuality and truest identity frees the soul. Here, 26 beautiful examples of people doing just that from photographer Robert Sturman.

Even when gift wrapping and pie bakingedge out asana and meditation on your to-do list, there is still always an opportunity to connect with your truest Self. Follow us all month on Facebook and Instagram for spiritual inspiration and share how you #stokeyourspirit.

On the spiritual path, we seek satya, or truthfulness, which comes with a fierce commitment to authenticity. By recognizing and staying true to your Self—no matter the people, place, or circumstance—you embrace your individuality and identity. You free your soul. Go ahead try it: You be you. Here are 26 beautiful examples of people doing just that from photographer Robert Sturman.

Yelitza Staley

San Francisco

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Uqualla of Havasupai Tribe

Sedona, AZ

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Christen Press, United States World Cup Soccer Champion

Palos Verdes, CA

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Katharine Cassandra, United States Air Force Staff Sergeant

Saint Petersburg, FL

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Beth Hedlund, U.S. Airways Flight Attendant

At approximately 30,000 feet

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Staff Sergeant Dan Nevins, U.S. Army Operation Iraqi Freedom II Veteran turned Yoga Teacher

Coronado, CA

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Rosalind Southward

Matador Beach, CA

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Rina Jakubowicz

Havana, Cuba

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Richard Pietromonaco

New York City

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Milo, an Officer of the Peace

Santa Monica, CA

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Marilyn Isaac

San Francisco

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Liz Arch

Times Square

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Lisette John

Chicago

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Laura Kasperzak, co-founder of Two Fit Moms

New York City

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Laura Kasperzak, co-founder of Two Fit Moms

New York City

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Laura Kasperzak, co-founder of Two Fit Moms

New York City

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Laura Eakin

Central Park, New York City

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Kelly Kamm and Missy Murrell

Grand Central Station, New York City

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Jerome Schlafer

Charlotte, NC

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Jeffrey Posner

New York City

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Izabel Olson

The Chicago Skydeck

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Holly Skodis

New York City

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Eduardo Pimentel, the “Godfather of the Cuban yoga community’

Havana, Cuba

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Bernardo Isacovici and his children, Sofia and Ethan

Chicago

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Amy Leonard

Asbury Park, NJ

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Aimee Tanon

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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ABOUT ROBERT STURMAN

robert sturman and dog

A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. See more on:

www.RobertSturmanStudio.com
Twitter: @robertsturman
Instagram: @robertsturman
Facebook: @Artist.Photografia

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