Yoga inspired art

Even with the enormous popularity yoga has gained in the recent years, I am surprised that yoga related art is not more present. Of course, photography and videos of beautiful people doing advanced poses in beautiful locations are numerous, and as body expression they are often worthy of the “art” title, even though the “yogic” quality of it is sometimes lost along the way.

Some of my favorite artistic videos I watch for inspiration:


I won’t get into asana photographs as anyone slightly interested in yoga and who knows what instagram is won’t have any issues finding #yogaspiration. Whether said pictures are art, yoga, or both, I will let for the reader to decide, as it is likely a case by case scenario.

But let’s talk about music. I’m surprised there are not more musicians inspired by their practice. And I’m pretty sure this is neither art nor yoga:

I don’t mean to imply that pop music cannot be yogic, as I sometimes like to practice to the sound of song which, while not originally dedicated to yoga, I feel are a reflection of my practice at the time. And I don’t especially like “traditional” yogic music which I feel is simply Indian music, and cultural misappropriation since yoga is traditionally not practiced to any music, which is deemed as distracting from what is happening inside your body and your brain. And indeed when I am not doing a “feel good” practice but seriously practicing then there is no way I would practice with music. Anyhow, one “pop artist” who is taking inspiration from yoga to create music is Mc Yogi, which I enjoy:

Anyhow, off to more “fine” arts, which was actually what drawn (!) me to write this article. I would have thought that many drawers and painters would be inspired by their practice and express themselves through their pencils and brushes. I know that if I were any more gifted in the drawing department it would help me immensely as I would transform emotions and understanding of concepts into drawings whereas now I have to put words on them, and sometimes words simply don’t cut it. I tend to add up arrows and notes to asana schemes in my training book, but it’s quite unhandy. Were I able to draw bodies, I would put actions and energy directions into drawing which would give a more accurate description of the glimpse of knowledge I acquired for a moment.

I have been researching artists who would help me patch up my lack of skill and my desire of understanding, and what came out was only two artists are present on the internet from whom I can relate: on the more “pop” and psychedelic side, there is Karmym:

Adho Muhka Svanasana / Downward Facing Dog

                                                       Adho Muhka Svanasana / Downward Facing Dog 

Kapotasana - King pigeon pose

                                                                                   Kapotasana – King pigeon pose

And in a different, “bare” style, Lindsay Satchell:

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana - Upward Dog

                                    Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Dog

                                                                                Adho Mukha Virasana / Child’s pose

I hope you can relate to some of the art I showcased today, and if you have any suggestions to add to the list please leave a comment!

                                                                                               Tomboy Art