Above: Strolling the Champs-Elysees in 1977 with un type frangais who later became my husband.
I kept myself in shape for my figure-revealing costumes in the film, and it gave me enough energy after a day’s shooting to flirt shamelessly with un type frangais one particular Frenchman who later became my husband! Andre thought the whole thing was a hoot! He’d come by to pick me up at my hotel room and invariably find me caught in the midst of an extraordinary pose whereupon he’d sink down into an overstuffed chair and watch agog. “Boy, oh boy, you American girls are really something!” was all he ever said.
Have Mat, Will Travel
I’ve done this routine in Mexico during photo sessions, in Las Vegas during my nightclub act, on Broadway while doing Woman of the Year, in the Caribbean on vacation, in Montana shooting Walks Far Woman, in London, Rome, and Tokyo. Wherever I go, it goes. What’s that you say? You don’t have the discipline. Don’t let that stop you. . . . Just do it! You’re the only person you can depend on. You never can tell what’ll happen when you’re out there on your own. You can forget your toothbrush, but don’t forget to pack your yoga.
In yoga, there is no comparison or competition, except with yourself, and no standard of perfection, except your own. No two people are the same, so no two postures will look identical. How “perfectly” you do the postures doesn’t matter just do the best you can, on any given day, at your own rhythm and pace, and you will progress faster and better than you ever thought.
Don’t be discouraged, though, if while growing more confident you experience a temporary setback or if your improvements seem to slow down. Yoga is a progressive method. Your body will still be going through important changes, but without your being aware of it. So, don’t force or strain; arm yourself with patience, determination, and faith, and within a few days, you’ll be relaxed and smiling again.
If the photographs in this book inspire you as I hope they will that’s great! But please stop short of being intimidated by them. Be assured that each shot is the result of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. They may look easy in their final finished form calmly executed without a hint of strain. But over the years I’ve fallen down, cried, stomped my feet, cursed, walked away, and started again. The point is, I’m still doing it. Why? Because it’s worth it!
Shall we begin?
Above: Andre, me, and his Hasselblad, on the job together.
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