Well here’s something you don’t see every day (unless, of course, you do). Remember that pic of a little baby taking advantage of an opportune moment to breastfeed from her naked mom in headstand? Baby Center‘s Sara McGinnis has gone and done the metaphorical footwork to bring us all up to speed on the burning question, where is the breastfeeding yoga mom now?
Where is she now? We must have had our heads buried in child’s pose when this pic originally crashed the internet’s collective servers in 2011 because this is the first time we’re seeing it. Nevertheless, we can not un-see it, a photo which, at first, might come off as staged and gratuitous. Really, lady? You just hang out in the nude doing yoga in the lush grass of some kind of tropical utopia where infants are free to wander around and breastfeed wherever and whenever they damn well please? Apparently, yes.
Amy, the mom in the photo, is a blogger, a yogi and a free-spirit with no need for $100 yoga pants, or any pants for that matter. And it turns out she’s just where you thought she’d be these days, living the simplified life as a yoga-loving, commune-hopping, wayfaring nekkid hippie bouncing between Kauai, Bali and New Zealand.
The story behind that photo goes as such:
The truth is we were living on a small community in Hawaii where our land was clothing optional and yoga was/is a necessity! I was just doin’ my daily flow when the little sweet pea came to sneak a suckle. Papa had her out in the grass with him and she just couldn’t resist! This happens all the time by the way. When a breast is out and baby is around, they are going to try and get it anyway they can! I have been blogging for years now and this photo was just a simple share of a beautiful captured moment.
How is it she came to live this simple life?
In 2008, I saved a handful of money, gave my landlord a 30-day notice, quit my job, loaded up my truck and took off on a six month journey across the states. I had a 16′ teepee that I had been living in and brought it with as well. I was deep into my yoga practice and put a lot of trust in the universe knowing I was being guided and taken care of on every level. That journey changed my life forever and I met my beloved shortly after.
There’s that dang yoga again, changing people’s lives. Amy says she realized early in her travels that she could fit everything she needed all in one backpack and decided to escape a society “plagued by consumerism” (save for a few things like a smartphone and an instagram account). Good thing yoga doesn’t take up much space.
No doubt Amy received lots of attention, positive and negative, for her breastfeeding yoga mom pic that she originally, and innocently, posted on her blog. The yoga community embraced it.
The yoga community and earth mamas loved it! Women who didn’t seem to enjoy breastfeeding or more of the conservative crowd thought it was the weirdest thing and just couldn’t wrap their heads around it. I enjoyed hearing all sides of the spectrum as it reminded me that we are all different and if anything it may have opened the eyes and hearts for some who didn’t think multitasking to that level was possible! No regrets about posting the photo whatsoever.
Multitasking, indeed! Moms out there can surely understand that, even you don’t choose to sirsasana in your birthday suit. However you feel about this photo, we believe it speaks to the urge some of us feel to eschew the trappings and traditions of conventional living in a consumer-driven world (even if we really never have the intention to leave it behind), and to how our connection with the earth through yoga brings us closer to the realization that most of us already have what we need. Also, momma-baby love is beautiful. Awww.
You can read more about Amy and her journeys on her blog, which is at once obnoxious and inspiring in its display of living in a perpetual Burning Man meets Bhakti Fest lifestyle. Amy also has an etsy shop.
baby cobra via Amy’s instagram.