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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 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. The tree pose or Vrikshasana in this yoga art gives a beautiful upward stretch and a wonderful sense of balance that the mother elephant is symbolically reaching for.

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.

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 in primary colors.

Indian style paintings usually have a border around the main images--instead of a border, I have inscribed a few verses from Patanjali (the ancient sage who created the original yoga texts). These verses are in Sanskrit, the ancient sacred language.

Roughly translated, they mean: "Asanas should be practiced with steadiness of body, mind and spirit; perfection in asana is achieved when it is performed without effort; pranayama comes after perfection in asana is achieved".

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

The painting is done in Arches rough watercolor paper. This is an original painting, not a print. It is signed by me on the front and dated on the back. The actual artwork measures roughly 8" by 10". The overall size of the paper is 9" by 12".

You can find other yoga art in my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/DharmaKarmaArts?section_id=6511983

Because the painting is done fresh and new when the order comes in, what you will get is one of a kind work done just for you. What you get will be very close to what you see on the photo but not an exact reproduction.

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

**Proceeds from the sale are donated to helping handicapped children and adults. For more information, check http://www.sukriti.org. In the last two years, the funds I have contributed have enabled the purchase and donation of one wheelchair, 30 pairs of eyeglasses, and 30 pairs of special orthopedic footwear. For more information, go to www.sukriti.org

Yoga Art The Tree Pose or Vrikshasana Elephant Art


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: watercolor paper, ink, watercolor pencils and paint
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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