Yves Klein "blue monochrome" 1957
"The imagination is the vehicle of sensibility. Transported by the imagination, we attain life, life itself, which is absolute art." -Yves Klein
Yves Klein is spreading his fingers nice and wide, showing us the start of the foundation of our hands. Like our feet, our hands are our foundation for poses like downward dog, table top, handstand and others.
The way we use our hands will affect our alignment, and can either help or damper with hand and wrist problems.
Klein is showing us a way in which to bear weight on our hands that help with pain and or injuries in the wrists and hands. We have a tendency to put most of the weight into the heels of the hands, which over time adds to the pain or discomfort in the wrists. So it is best to spread the fingers wide and allow lots of space between each finger. The natural arch of the hand should be lifted off the floor so there is equal distribution from the base of the thumb to the pinky finger. It forms a half circle. Kleins hand demonstrates some of this. When just beginning downward dog and any other weight bearing exercise with the hands, it is best to start slowly. Every other day for a few minutes will help build strength and avoid injury.
Yves Klein's work can be spiritual and transcendental. He worked with the color blue, which in many cultures and religions is the color of transcendence. Klein created his own hue of ultramarine blue which is so mesmerizing and out of this world. Klein believed lines in pictures were a form of "prison grating" and only color offered the path to freedom. He invites the viewer to fall into the painting, allowing the color to evoke feeling and emotion through his captivating ultramarine blue.
Klein took painting out of the frame. Let's take yoga off the mat.