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SF’s Asian Art Museum Presents Exhibition of Yoga’s History

Millions of people around the world practice yoga, as a way to improve his or her health, as well as find spiritual enlightenment. Yet, despite an awareness of it’s origins in India, there are few people who knows the practice’s philosophical history. But a new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will go inside the rich history of yoga, expressed through artworks and exhibits.

Titled Yoga: The Art of Transformation, this exhibition explores the visual history of this global fitness phenomenon, beyond the postures most people are aware of. The featured works are borrowed from twenty-five museums and private collections in Europe, India, and the U.S., and the dates span from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. Among the highlights of this exhibition include masterpieces of Indian sculptures and paintings, pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures (asanas), and the Thomas Edison film Hindoo Fakir, which is the first American movie ever produced about India.

The opening of Yoga: The Art of Transformation will kick off with two events. First on February 21st is Yoga Opening Night Party, where visitors can participate in a yoga class, and dance to the sounds of MC Yogi, DJ Prez and DJ Sol Rising. Then on February 22nd is Yoga Festival, where visitors can choose from three 90-minute yoga classes, taught at the Asian Art Museum’s Samsung Hall by top notch teachers.

The exhibition is on view until May 25th, with tickets at special admission prices. Log on to www.asianart.org for more information.