“Have you ever dreamt of practicing yoga next to a Picasso?” says the announcement of “Yoga with the Masters” course offered at Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio (USA).
Now one can enjoy ancient discipline of yoga surrounded by beautiful art in art galleries of well known museums of USA.Welcoming the America’s museums’ move to offer yoga classes, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, yoga was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. Zed urged other museums around the world to also offer yoga classes so that one could explore the two powerful mediums at the same moment.Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that yoga, referred as “a living fossil” whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, was a mental and physical discipline handed down from one guru to next, for everybody to share and benefit from. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical, Zed added.
The Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg (Florida) offers yoga on Sundays in “a remarkable environment where Dali’s energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga”. The Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville (New Jersey) gives “No Sweat Yoga” classes. San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum points out: “Get centered with Yoga Flow…as you move your body into positions inspired by sculptures in the museum collection”.
Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington (North Carolina) offers yoga exercises for “relaxation, breath control and meditation”. Brooklyn Museum in New York recently offered two-hour yoga workshops in one of the Museum’s most beautiful spaces—the fifth-floor Cantor Rotunda. Tampa Museum of Art in Florida has been offering “Inspire Yoga”. Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans gives yoga class “in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings”. Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland offers “Yoga in the Sculpture Garden”. Ashville Art Museum in North Carolina has been highlighting “balance, relaxation and art” with the yoga instruction it offered.
According to USA’s National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to an estimate, about 16 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga.