Yoga Figurines, Statues, and Other Artwork Make Great Gifts
As a yoga teacher, I've been the lucky recipient of a few nice yoga figurines and sculptures that students have found and given to me, and I display many of them at my studio. I've also found a few posters that I love that depict yoga poses in an artistic way.
Yoga artwork can delight and inspire us whether it represents yoga postures or other aspects of this ancient philosophy, including mythological characters and sages, and yoga-related symbols.
You may enjoy decorating your yoga practice space or other areas of your home with this artwork. Or if you teach yoga, a few well-chosen pieces of art placed where you teach can be pleasing to the eye while inspiring your students.
Shown below are a number of artwork pieces that I'd love to have in my house or in my yoga studio, including statues and figurines, posters and photos. Some are similar to what I already have (frog figurines, a couple of the posters). I hope you find something here that delights or inspires you in some way, or you may also find a unique and special gift idea here for a friend or family member who practices yoga.
Statues and Figurines
You'll be able to find many kinds of yoga statues and figurines.
Some will be of yoga poses, such as the lovely figurine here to the right, of a Yoga Woman in Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose).
Others may represent different beings that are familiar in Hindu (and yoga) mythology, such as the Hindu god Shiva, who was also called the Lord of Yoga, and is often portrayed in a dancing position.
I've found some cute and whimsical frog statues in various yoga poses too.
Sage Patanjali Stone Sculpture
If you've taken yoga classes and workshops, you may have chanted the Invocation to Patanjali at the beginning of the class.
The sage Patanjali probably lived in the second century, BCE. He is known as the author of the Yoga Sutras which is considered to be the fundamental text on yoga and meditation.
The Yoga Sutras explain to all seekers how to adopt the principles and techniques of yoga. He also is said to have written about medicine (especially Ayurveda), and about Sanskrit grammar. If this is so, he was quite a knowledgeable man about many subjects! Most likely though, these were all different people whose contributions all were attributed to one man.
Whimsical Yoga Frogs
Cute Decorative Yoga Frog Figurines
A couple of my yoga students have given me some cute yoga frog figurines. These adorable frog statues cheerfully maintain their poses no matter what else is going on around them.
A friend of mine has a few of these frog yogis in her garden, adorning her flower and vegetable beds, and a couple of garden benches.
I've also seen a yoga cow and some yoga cat figurines as well.
Tree of Life Tapestry Wall Hanging - For the healing arts, including yoga
The "tree of life" is often used as a symbol representing the interconnectedness to all living beings and it's a symbol that resonates with yoga practitioners. The practice of yoga connects us to different facets and layers of ourselves, and brings us more into contact with the divine where we are all connected to each other, like the branches of a tree are all connected to the trunk.
This Tree of Life Tapestry Wall Hanging, created by artist Paul Heussenstamm, is a beautiful reminder of our interconnectedness with the rest of creation. It can be used as a beautiful wall hanging or a soft and cozy throw blanket.
Artistic Yoga Posters and Prints - Photographic Prints and Posters by Janik
I love Gosia Janik's edgy photographic art prints of people doing yoga poses.
The one shown here is my favorite: Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana....in high heels! There's also one of Halasana (plow pose) with a cat seated contentedly on the apex of the pose, Garudhasana (Eagle Pose) with bird drawings in the background, a couple of nice backbending poses with house hold furniture in the background, and a few more interesting images of yoga poses.
Visit Photographic Art Prints by Gosia Janik to see a few more samples of beautifully executed yoga poses in artistic settings.
Poster -- Woman Sitting in Padmasana
The serene image is of a woman sitting in the yoga pose Padmasana, or Lotus pose, which is considered the best seated position for meditating. Her hands are in the Anjali mudra, a gesture of respect. Many of us use the same hand position for praying. This poster would add a calming atmosphere to any room.
Yoga Poster - Woman in Padmasana on Allposters
Brass OM for Wall Hanging
I was given one of these OM brass wall hangings as a gift, and have it at my yoga studio. It's a beautiful adornment for the wall.
"OM" or "Aum" represents the original vibration, or sound, that led to the creation of the universe. (I'm speculating that it is the same as in the Judeo-Christian tradition, where God spoke the world into existence).
OM encompasses all sound, and all creation. It can be mantra, or a prayer, in and of itself. The past, present, and future are all encompassed in this one sound. The chanting of "OM" attunes us with the cosmic vibration.
Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles Statue
The elephant-headed Ganesh (or Ganesha) is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of beginnings, and is one of the most favorite deities in Hindu mythology. He is a powerful symbol or metaphor for our personal development as yoga practitioners and in other aspects of our lives.
When I was in Pune, India, I saw a number of small Ganesh statues on the dashboard of cars and in auto-rickshaws (the "Remover of Obstacles" is a good deity to honor when dealing with traffic!).
How did Ganesha come to be? The short story is that Parvati, the wife of the Hindu god Shiva, created a boy out of clay, and breathed life into him. She set him to guard the door and to let no one pass while she took a bath. But Shiva came and wanted to enter his own house. The boy, since he had just been created, didn't realize that Shiva was a part of the household, and Parvati's husband, so he told Shiva that he couldn't enter. Shiva was enraged, and he cut off Ganesha's head. Of course that upset Parvati greatly! Shiva had killed her son! To atone for his actions, Shiva replaced Ganesha's head with the head of a strong and powerful elephant, and named him as his own son.
If You're Looking For Other Yoga Gift Ideas.....
Here are a number of exceptional yoga gift ideas. Some are practical, some are more whimsical -- you'll find something here to please the yoga practitioner in your life.
Karen (author) from U.S. on March 10, 2014:
@TerriCarr: Yes, it was so much easier to do some of these poses when we were younger :-)
TerriCarr on March 08, 2014:
I love that first figurine of the cobra pose. It reminds me of how fluidly I would do cobra when I was about 12 years old!
Lydia Workman from Canada on March 04, 2014:
pjsart on October 23, 2013:
The Tree of Life Tapestry is now on my wish list..beautiful
Hope you visit my lens:
audrey07 on May 23, 2013:
I like the Acrylic Glass-Look Figurine. Very balanced and graceful looking,
KarenCookieJar on January 22, 2012:
I tried yoga once because it looks so cool, but I have no balance.
howtomeditateproperly on December 23, 2011:
I love your collection pretty cool.
anonymous on August 15, 2011:
A beautiful display of yoga art, had to smile at your frogs!
maryctucker on May 07, 2011:
Amazing collection!I love yoga.
CosmicYogini on May 02, 2011:
Absolutely beautiful collection...Intricate and stunning!
NYThroughTheLens on April 22, 2011:
Beautiful collection and lens.
PeaceLoveBeads on January 19, 2011:
Beautiful sculptures, really like this =]
scar4 on January 16, 2011:
Yoga Bliss Fragrance Lamp is so special, fancy it and would like to own one.
David Lawrence from United States on January 02, 2011:
Unique content - love all your yoga lenses.
RinchenChodron on December 17, 2010:
Wow you found a lot of lovely art examples. Well done.
Indigo Janson from UK on November 28, 2010:
I should do more yoga, it's so good for you. These yoga art pieces really set the scene for a peaceful and restoring yoga workout. 'Quiet Mind' is particularly peaceful.
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on November 13, 2010:
nice picture collection. well presented lens
anonymous on November 13, 2010:
You picked perfect yoga inspiring gift ideas, I loved the frosted glass figurines - Kathy
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on November 13, 2010:
This is some very beautiful Yoga Art. My favorite piece of Yoga Art that you have here would have to be Yoga Tree Pose Bronze Sculpture . It is so peaceful looking. I was not familiar with it so appreciate the info.