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Manteca High junior mixes yoga & murals

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Manteca High junior mixes yoga & murals

One of Evelyn Gonzalez’s favorite Instagram yoga post is this one at the Statue of Liberty.

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POSTED April 15, 2014 12:57 a.m.

Evelyn Gonzalez plans to do a yoga pose in front of all 200 plus murals at Manteca High.

She has the rest of this year and all of next school year to do so.

The MHS junior has already posted several yoga photos online, using Instagram – a fast, fun and convenient way to share pictures with friends and family – while beginning her quest on April 2 and continuing on through her 2015 graduation date.

“(I’m) just a girl who loves yoga… Journey (with) me,” she said in her post.

On Instagram, Gonzalez is listed as “theartofhumanpoetry” @evethethugg.

Part of the reason for her project is to display school pride while using social media. “I feel as if Manteca High is small and I want to show off my school,” she said on Monday.

The daughter of Teresa and Rigo Gonzalez, Evelyn thus far has learned everything she knows about yoga online, relying on YouTube and Instagram.

She credits her flexibility on her athletic training of doing cross country and track and field.

One of her yoga poses outside of the MHS Mural Museum – a unique collection of works by students of the school started by retired art teacher Kirt Giovannoni in 1996 – took place during a training run at Mount Diablo. She did another in front of the Bass Pro Shop water feature.

For the most part, Gonzalez finds inspiration for her sun salutations based on the murals.

One of her favorites is that of her doing a handstand in front of the Statue of Liberty mural.

“Keep smiling & one day the universe will get tired of trying to upset you,” she said in her post.

Gonzalez added:  “Absolutely loved doing this one just for all the colors.”

She was wowed by the murals the first time she caught eye of them while a student at Golden West School.

Now the art work has taken on a different meaning. Gonzales draws inspiration from the mural.  “I usually come up with the pose once the moment strikes,” she said.

Gonzalez can be seen doing the ‘dancer’ in front of owl mural – “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird,” she said in her post – or ‘tree’ in front of the Salvador Dali one.

Her project has drawn raves from online folks as well as her classmates. “I have people at school come up to me and say, ‘I like your yoga page,’” she said.

Evelyn Gonzalez’s project can be seen by logging on to http://web.stagram.com/n/Theartofhumanpoetry/.

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