When I painted this image, I had completed taking a Yoga Teaching Certification Course. Pratyahara is the ‘withdrawal of the senses’. The fifth element among the Eight stages of Ashtanga Yoga. The wisdom from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (composed in the 2nd century BC) talks about the many benefits of withdrawing the senses. This painting was about going within, ignoring distractions in order to hear my soul speak.
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Oil on Canvas, 10″ x 14″