"Yoga Explains Everything” 20in x 16in Watercolor by Patricia Williams


"Yoga Explains Everything” 20in x 16in Watercolor by Patricia Williams


Original art by Patricia Williams

Painting - 
20in x 16in Watercolor  

Framed - 20¾in. h x 24¾in. w

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“Yoga Explains Everything” - Inspired by the Pythagorean Theorem and Judith Lyon

If you don’t remember anything else from high school math, you probably remember the Pythagorean Theorem, c2=a2+b2. Pythagoras offered a proof that for a right triangle (one with a right angle), the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. This concept has many practical applications in architecture, construction, navigation and surveying. While Pythagoras (570-495 BC) commonly gets the credit, this concept was independently discovered by Indian, Chinese and Mesopotamian mathematicians. And, in late-breaking news, scholars at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia recently published an analysis of a clay tablet identified as Plimpton322 concluding that those clever Babylonians indeed understood the concept.

My long-time yoga instructor, the late Judith Lyon, was a woman of far-reaching and eclectic interests. While we hung interminably in down dog or triangle, she would distract us with rambling discourses on what she had recently learned from Nova about various scientific topics, always relating it to yoga and always concluding, “Yoga explains everything.” If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I am sure that Judith was once a Babylonian.

For interesting information about the Babylonians and the “Pythagorean” theorem, see https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/24/mathematical-secrets-of-ancient-tablet-unlocked-after-nearly-a-century-of-study .

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