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Yoga Art  Inverted Pose Viparita Karani Elephant Art

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The word "viparita" means inverted and "karani" means "practice". This asana or pose falls into "visranta asanas", poses that are meant to restore the body. This is a restful asana where the body is inverted without effort. In such poses, awareness and consciousness is turned inwards; the body is relaxed while the mind is fully alert.

In such poses, there is temptation to slip into a nap or plug in the earphone of an MP3 player or even web surf with a tablet propped on the stomach. But, somehow, I do not think our mama elephant is tempted to do any of these. She is fully relaxed with her eyes closed but her mind is completely alert to the surroundings especially to the presence of her baby watching her curiously.

The inspirations for my yoga art come from my long practice of yoga and, from raising a family with all the ups and downs that go with it. We know as parents, the joy of when our children want to be exactly like us, the puzzlement of when they absolutely do not want to be like us and the satisfaction of when they learn to find a balance.

Lochanadevi, as the mother elephant is called, like all modern mothers, is super busy juggling multiple roles on a daily basis. And, setting aside some personal time for yoga and meditation practice is a big challenge. Luckily for her, her young ones like to hang out with her.

I depict mother elephant and her calf instead of humans in my yoga art humans because elephants are matriarchal and very family oriented animals. Elephants are also the most beloved of Indian animals and they are also very agile and flexible and it was entirely possible to imagine the mother elephant doing all those yoga poses while the little one watched. Hathi means elephant in Hindi and hence the play on Hatha yoga as hatha (i) yoga.

The painting is done in Indian folk art style--the images are unidimensional but have great details. In the typical folk art style, the watercolor paper was first dyed into variegated brown shades using several natural dyes. The painting itself is done mostly with primary colors. There is also a border around the central image, also typical of this style of painting.

The elephants are heavily decorated which is a commonly found in Indian paintings and in real life also.

The painting is done in Arches rough 140 lb. watercolor paper. This is an original painting, not a print. It is signed by me on the front and dated on the back. The overall measurements are 11" by 9" and the artwork measures 101/2" by 71/2" approximately. There is sufficient space around the image for matting.

You will get what is shown in the photo. However, colors may vary on different monitors.

Artist retains all copyrights to this original work of art forever. You are purchasing the original painting, not the right to reproduce it.

For more work on my yoga art series please visit my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/DharmaKarmaArts?section_id=6511983

**Proceeds from the sale are donated to support physically handicapped children and adults. For more information, go to www.sukriti.org

Yoga Art Inverted Pose Viparita Karani Elephant Art


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  • Materials: watercolor paper, ink, watercolor pencils and paint
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