Friday, June 29, 2007
Yoga can be understood as the form of silence. It is a way of discovering an inner body, not just the outer physical form. Yoga is concerned with breathing, with slowing down the processes of the body, to realize an inner conscious shape. The Buddha sat under the tree of Wisdom, or Bodhi Tree. It is here that he gained enlightenment. Some thinkers like Ananda Coomaraswamy, thought that art is itself a kind of Yoga. Yoga is a way of embodying the imagination; it is a way of seeing a spiritual reality through visible forms. It is this process that lies at the heart of an understanding of the living force of the imagination, which the yoga of art is concerned with.