Art of Aṣṭāṅga

This series of drawings is part of a collaboration with yoga master Laura Josephy of Tahoe Yoga Shala. Laura has commissioned drawings of every Asana (pose) in the Aṣṭāṅga Primary Series for the training manual to accompany the forthcoming Teacher Training and Mysore Style Apprenticeship in 2019. There are be 76 drawings, one for each pose in the series.  Photographs of Laura were taken to develop an ‘Avatar’ which established the look and proportions of the figure in each drawing. Great care has been taken to ensure correct alignment and posture in each of these artworks, in addition to the drishti (gaze) and pranayama (breath, visually indicated by expansion of the chest)

Each drawing is created using charcoal on  heavyweight archival paper measuring 16x 22″. The paper is called ‘Stonehenge’, and is a cool grey with a deckled edge. The original drawings will be for sale for $525 – $620 each. Prints are coming soon. 8% of the profit will be donated to the International Rescue Committee. 

There will be an intimate gathering to view the originals at Tahoe Yoga Shala May 2019 to view the drawings, meet the artist and learn more about the teacher training program from instructors Laura Josephy and Kacey Davey. Buyers can reserve a specific drawing in advance by placing a deposit of $100. Contact Shelley via the link at the end of this page to secure a drawing of your pose, and to receive an invitation to the gathering. Space is limited. 

Mysore Style practice is the heart of the Aṣṭāṅga Yoga lineage. This style of class is modeled after the Aṣṭāṅga Yoga classes in Mysore, India taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. A Mysore class provides an opportunity for students to develop a “self practice,” which is an integral part of the Aṣṭāṅga Yoga method. Students work independently on the particular series of postures that is most appropriate for them. The teacher assists, adjusts and may quietly discuss particular difficulties or concerns with individual students during class.