Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures by Dharma Mittra


From the website of Sri Dharma Mittra, the Asana Yoga pioneer of Gramercy Park, and the Bernd & Hilla Becher of yogic typologies:

In 1984 Dharma completed the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, as an offering to his Guru, and for all Yoga aspirants. This original masterpiece was meticulously assembled from over 1,350 photographs of posture variations he took of himself, all hand done before the computer age. Over 300 of these postures that are very popular today are created by Sri Dharma (of which he will only say "came through" Divine intuition). It has been an invaluable teaching tool over the past decades. You will find it in just about every yoga school and Ashram worldwide including India.
And in Washington, DC, in Cleveland Park's neighborhood framing shop, Frame Mart Gallery, where I just discovered this Ben-Day dotted, photocollaged masterpiece of the genre.

It's the only one I've ever seen, but I still feel confident in declaring Dharma Mitra's chart the most magnificent work of contemporary yogic collage art in the Western Hemisphere.

Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures by Dharma Mittra

You can still purchase the Master Yoga Chart in three different sizes--though why anyone would get any size other than the gargantuan 43x60 inch version is beyond my understanding. If it turns out to be silkscreened, I might suggest the Master Yoga Chart sarong/wall textile as a perfect complement to, and not a replacement for, the printed poster.

Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures by Dharma Mittra

Of course, Frame Art Gallery has a 43x60-in. version beautifully mounted and framed and ready to go, for an exceedingly reasonable price. They purchased a small number of them way back in the day, and this one remalns. For you, perhaps.

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