Asanas or poses in all Hatha yoga traditions emphasize transcendence, an inexpressible merging of the body, mindand spirit. Yoga is also a practical science, and many poses seem to have been derived from observing everyday beings and objects – birds, animals, trees, mountains, bridges or ploughs – and asanas are named after them. A yogi does not merely twist her body in imitation of a bird or a bridge – to derive the remarkable benefits of the asana, she needs to mentally and physically establish a relationship to it. Metamorphosis playfully visualizes this extraordinary moment: when the body of the yogi meets the object of contemplation. A brilliant artistic celebration of yoga’s potential to transform the relationship between body, mind and imagination, Metamorphosis is a book that will be treasured by anyone interested in the philosophy and practice of yoga. The perception of the asanas of yoga by Italian artist residing in Auroville, India, Emanuele Scanziani.