Visual Guides to the Practice of Yoga

We make learning about yoga simple, visual and fun. Why do it any other way?

The Yoga Poster
Definitions
Quotations
Concepts

The Yoga Poster

The Yoga Poster

Yoga isn't easily defined — there is so much history, so many types and the concepts overlap — you really need a map to help you sort it out. We searched for a long time and didn't find one, so we built it ourselves. This 24 x 36 in (609.6 x 914.4 mm) poster is the first work of its kind to place the major concepts, types and history of yoga together in a single, visual overview of the practice.

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Definitions

Definitions

When you're around yoga, you're going to hear some Sanskrit words. These are shorthand expressions for some really interesting and often beautiful concepts that can get a bit complicated in explanation. We thought it both practical and beautiful to present some common Sanskrit words along with their calligraphy and meaning using colorful, iconic contexts.

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Quotations

Quotations

There’s a lot of wisdom to be found in the ancient yoga texts – but you have to dig for it. With our busy, modern lives that isn’t very practical even though wisdom is sorely needed. We thought we’d make that wisdom easier to access by bringing it forward into modern contexts with designs that fit into the everyday fabric of our lives today.

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Concepts

Concepts

It’s not uncommon to find the word “yoga” followed immediately by the phrase “mind-body-spirit” – because that’s where yoga works. The concept is so fundamental to the practice of yoga that we extracted the elements from The Yoga Poster and brought them into a smaller package as a visual introduction (or an attractive reminder).

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Everything We Do Is...

Built to Last.

Our products are printed on 110lb archival quality paper (for comparison, typical printer paper is 20lb) for exceptional durability and ink saturation. We stick to standard sizes so that you have a number of framing options to pursue.

Studiously Designed.

Every square inch tells a story. Before we begin, we refine our research down to the essential pieces where most sources agree. Then we strive for strong and intuitive designs so that each line contributes to the overall narrative.

Easy on the Earth.

We print locally in Portland, OR USA using 100% wind-power on 100% recycled, post-consumer waste and vegetable-based inks (when we can). Our Kraft packaging is 100% recycled so, only the tape, cellophane and poster endcaps aren't recycled... and we're working on that.

Well Traveled.

We've shipped our products to every continent except Antarctica... so far. We send by postal mail, which means a real human carries it the whole way. If you're outside the US, you may want to check your local office for customs & import duties information.

About This Project...

The poster and everything that has come from it is most definitely a project. We both started our practices over a decade ago and from the get-go we were asking questions, taking notes and generally trying to figure out what yoga was to us every step of the way. As soon as we thought we had it, we learned something new or we changed and the process of learning began again. More often than not, we'd end up back at the basics with a refreshed perspective and we'd have to dig out our notes and re-orient ourselves for the next cycle—wash, rinse, repeat.

More than once, we have wished we for an overview to put into context some new thing we heard about but didn't quite catch or to remind us of something we once knew very well and just needed a refresher on. Something we could pin on the wall, that was easier on the eyes than our handwritten notes.

Now, after many teacher trainings and Google searches, we have pulled from our bookshelves, notebooks and conversations we've had, what we hope is a worthy introduction and reminder about what yoga is and how it works. We've made every effort we can to make it something you'll be happy to walk past every day in your home or studio or, wherever else you live your life.

Namaste,

Karoline and Frank Neville-Hamilton

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What others have to say:

An interesting take on the evolution of Yoga and its important aspects. I wish you good luck with it. —Georg Feuerstein, PhD, Traditional Yoga Studies

...the poster is really spectacular. I had such fun tracing the tree with my hands. It made Yoga History so creative and clear. I'm very honored to be a part of it. Should be hanging on every Yoga studio's wall!! —Lilias Folan

I love the Yoga Poster and have it hanging in my yoga treatment room. I'm reminded of something I forgot every time I look at it. — Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists, founder of LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute

It is refreshing to see an effort at presenting a more serious take on the material in the form of a poster, including key Sanskrit terms from the philosophies. —A. G. Mohan, Svastha Yoga

We love our poster. There's always something new to discover. —Prana Yoga Center

I wasn't sure what to expect, but what you've made is fantastic - clean, readable, a good size, a pleasant presentation despite the voluminous info, and the paper itself is lovely. —Paul

A wonderful job of compiling the philosophies, history, practice, etc., in a logically illustrated fashion. It helps make it a little less massive. —Anita

They were beautifully packed and arrived in perfect condition. I think you could teach Amazon something about packing for international shipping. —Kelle

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