Yoga Asana – Sunasana Mudra
- Subject: Yoga Miniature Art
- Paint Material: Opaque Watercolors
- Base Material: Paper (unframed)
- Size: 7 in. wide and 14 in. tall (18 cms X 35.5 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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Presenting for your personal collection a beautiful miniature Yoga art.
This rare painting invites wonder at India’s extraordinary artistic heritage and with it you will feel the magic and spiritual enlightenment of Yoga. The art of Yoga constitutes a visual archive that attempts to capture one or several of its attributes, as a philosophical school, a Hindu tradition, a spiritual science and an exercise regimen.
Yoga today is often identified with the practice of a broad range of bodily postures called asanas.The Sanskrit word asana (“aa-suhnuh”) is a noun meaning “the act of sitting down”. Until the end of the first millennium CE, when used in the context of yoga, asana referred to simple seated postures to be adopted for meditation.It is in the hatha method of yoga, which was codified in texts from the eleventh century onward, that the more complex, non-seated asanas that have become synonymous with yoga practice gain prominence.
This artwork is a modern handmade replica from the earliest known treatise to systematically illustrate yoga postures, the Bahr al-hayat (Ocean of Life), which dates to the turn of the seventeenth century. The original copy of this Persian text album resides in the Chester Beaty Library in Ireland.
It illustrates the Yoga asana posture of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). One of the means of honoring the sun is through this dynamic asana sequence which is as rich in symbolic and mythic overtones as it is in physical benefits. The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means "to bow to" or "to adore." (The familiar phrase we use to close our yoga classes, namaste—te means "you"—also comes from this root.) Each Sun Salutation begins and ends with the joined-hands mudra (gesture) touched to the heart. This placement is no accident; only the heart can know the truth.
Add this mesmerizing Sun (Surya Namaskar) asana yoga painting to your collection. Buy it now.