November Yogaphants

I began drawing elephants in yoga poses not long after I began my own practice of yoga five years ago. As I struggled to learn poses, control my breathing, and develop physical and mental strength I found myself repeatedly sketching a small elephant in my favorite challenge pose at the time: Crow. I realized how perfect an elephant was suited for the pose!! I discovered how utterly graceful he appeared, and recalled a video I had watched as a child of an elephant swimming - the ponderous pachyderm we are familiar with on the land becomes a surprising ballerina in water

Here, then, was my inspiration for Jaya the Elephant: a small portly elephant with several handicaps of his that would normally trouble anyone trying to pose in yoga: a long trunk and tusks that just get in the way sometimes! Yet, as my practice developed so did Jaya's. He learned to adjust his poses to accommodate for his trunk (he even learned to cheat a little with it).

Jaya the Elephant became the ideal yogi for me : defying the very laws of nature and gravity and challenging himself by practicing yoga.