A stay-at-home mom, Benear says yoga has helped her family as a whole become a happier unit. Every family finds joy in different activities, she says, so find what works best for you and what means the most to you. "When I see my photos, I am reminded of my strength as a mother, the courage it takes to be a parent and the power of love," writes Benear, 29.
"Yoga helped me with my morning sickness during pregnancy and hopefully sparked a love for it within my daughter. She moved with me for nine months and still enjoys moving with me today," Benear says, calling the human body "art" with infinite capabilities.
Benear writes that all of her breastfeeding yoga portraits, shot by photographer Brittany Teel, have become important memories of her connection with her children. Many of her photos feature her baby Maramaylee, although some pictures also capture the playfulness of her two other kids, 5-year-old Milam and 2-year-old Cale. For the Benears, yoga doesn't just help with "me time." It's also a symbolic reminder of how important it is for a family to rely on one another.
"(Yoga) has worked well in teaching my children more about their emotions and how to use them," Benear writes. "It has given them a firm foundation of confidence in their body and their abilities. It's placed great trust within our family, knowing that we can catch each other when we fall."
You can see the rest of Benear's stunning photos (and find inspiration along the way) on Instagram @carleebyoga. You can also check out more of Brittany Teel's work online and connect with her on Instagram @reelteel.