Patanjali is considered the noblest of sages and the progenitor of classical yoga, having collated 196 aphorisms on the nature of human consciousness that came to be known as the Yoga Sutras. He is also said to have written a work on sanskrit grammar called the Mahabhasya, as well as a treatise on Ayurvedic medicine. He is an incarnation of Vishnu and is described as having four arms and a serpentine body, protected by a crown of a thousand cobras. In one hand he holds a conch shell, a disc in the second, a sword of wisdom and discrimation in the third, the remaining hand offering a blessing to humanity. I kept his appearance androgynous because I’ve always held out the possibility that he could have been a woman. Even though relatively little is known about Patanjali, he is widely regarded as a Renaissance Man of his day.
The sanskrit at the bottom is the first sutra and reads:
Atha yoganusasanam, or "Now begins the exposition of yoga.”
I drew this as a gift to my yoga teacher, and it took me nearly 300 hours to complete. I am selling a limited run of 400 signed Giclee prints on Etsy.
Print size is 18x24.