Portfolios > 2002-2016 Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, a series summing up 14 years of my studio life and 30 years of my yoga practice

1. yama (moral restraints) – how we relate to others
Graphite, acrylic and oil on panel
36 x 36 x 2"
2016
2. niyama (observances) – how we relate to ourselves
Graphite stick, acrylic and oil on board
36 x 35 x 2"
2016
3. asana (posture) – how we relate to our body
Graphite stick, acrylic and oil on board
36 x 36 x 2"
2016
4. pranayma (breath extension) – how we relate to our breath or spirit
Graphite stick, acrylic and oil on panel
36 x 36 x 2"
2016
5. pratyahara (sensory withdrawal) – how we relate to our sense organs
Graphite stick, acrylic and oil on panel
36 x 36 x 2"
2016
6. dharana (concentration) – how we relate to our mind
Graphite stick, acrylic and oil on panel
2016
7. dhyana (meditation) – moving beyond the mind
Graphite stick, acrylic and oil on panel
36 x 36 x 2"
2016
8. samadhi (meditative absorption) – deep realization and inner union
Graphite stick, acrylic and oil on panel
36 x 36 x 2"
2016

In this series title I make an art historical reference to Courbet's famous 1855 "The Artist's Studio, a real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life". In the imagery I focus on my life's passions of yoga and art...nodding specifically to the 2nd Chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, to pop art, especially Robert Indiana's work, to word art, and to yantra painting.