The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are considered the primary philosophical and spiritual source for the practice of yoga. Composed of four books, or “padas,” with approximately 50 sutras per book, the nearly 200 yoga sutras describe the nature of yoga and the process and means of the practice of yoga. The resulting 51 paintings for Book One are not illustrations, they are the sutras, manifest as art.
Even with decades of Yoga asana practice and years of Sanskrit study, I found that the best way to commit myself to studying the Yoga Sutras was to let them lead me through the process of painting them, while also translating the Sanskrit. The result? These glorious paintings, which along with my translations, form the content of two full color books.
Book two | sadhana-padah
Continuing the project of working with the Yoga Sutras via painting them, as well as translating the Sanskrit, Book Two, Sadhana Padah, “On Practice,” is probably the most well-known of the 4 books comprising the Yoga Sutras. Book Two introduces the 8 limbs of practice, and contains the sutras about the yamas, niyamas, asana and pranayama.
Book 1 - Samadhi-padah
A remarkable approach to the classic Yogic text, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – A Visual Meditation, is a traditional, well-informed, translation of Book One of the Yoga Sutras, with full color, full page reproductions of the beautiful and evocative paintings created as meditative guides in response to the author’s years of working with, and translating, the Yoga Sutras.