The traditional iconography of the father (and not founder) of yoga depicts a well-built man of youth, whose body transforms into the coils of a snake below the navel. This depicts the importance of the kundalini, the nerve plexus at the base of the spine, visualised in the shape of a slumbering snake. The five hoods of the creature rise in unison behind the Maharshi’s head like a halo, setting off the inherent gravitas of His countenance. Finally, the tail-end of His anguiline anatomy rests against a minimalistic layered pedestal.
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