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Yoga Instructor’s Graceful Poses Beautifully Complement Colorful Street Art

Chicago-based yoga instructor and street art enthusiast Soren Buchanan marries her two passions in a unique, on-going Instagram photo project. Her popular account, @spritesoren, features the yogi posing in front of large, colorful murals. Buchanan highlights many illustrative styles and showcases geometric patterns, animals, and realistic human portraits. Her graceful movements complement the artwork and demonstrate the incredible physical power that comes from practicing yoga.

Buchanan's interest in street art emerged while living in Florida for college. “I began noticing, photographing and jumping fences to get to street art and graffiti,” she tells the Instagram blog. It wasn't until 2009 and a move to the bitterly-cold Chicago that she began yoga. “I knew I needed to adapt and create my own warmth. Yoga was the answer.”

Buchanan intends to accent the murals through yoga's endless possibilities of shapes and expressions. She also wants to recognize the street artists for their hard work. “I hope to bring attention to artists who, other than on the streets, might have limited venues showcasing their art and sharing their styles.”

Above: Mural by Maya Hayuk

Amuse 126 and Sege

Jon Ski

Mr. Prvrt




Christopher Maslow

Eduardo Kobra

Bob Snow

Sick Fisher

Tyrue Jones

Ian Ross

Soren Buchanan Instagram
via [Instagram blog]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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