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Smithsonian Yoga Exhibit Lectures Available For Free Online

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Yoga Narashimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar, c. 1250 | Cleveland Museum of Art

Yoga Narashimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar, c. 1250 | Cleveland Museum of Art

The exhibit may be over but the lecture series from “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” at the Smithsonian in D.C. lives on through the magic of YouTube and the courtesy of the Freer Sackler Galleries.  The exhibit, which opened October 19, 2013 and almost didn’t due to the government shutdown, featured rare yogic art and objects spanning thousands of years for the public to freely peruse until January 26 when they began packing everything up for their next destination, no not Samadhi, San Francisco. The west coast exhibit will be open at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Feb 21-May 25, 2014.

In case you missed it though, or want to relive it, free lectures held on the topics of goddesses, Asana, Tantra, and more during the D.C. run have been posted online for you to tune into at your leisure. Here are a few we found interesting:

KEYNOTE LECTURE - Inward Journeys: Yoga and Pilgrimage
B.N. Goswamy
November 21, 2013 at 6.30 pm
Freer, Meyer Auditorium

From Tapas to Hard Yoga: The History of the Āsanas of Haṭha Yoga
James Mallinson, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Session Chair: Debra Diamond, Freer and Sackler Galleries
Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
November 22, 2013 at 6.30 pm

The Yoga of the Yoginīs: Mapping the Goddesses’ Powers in Text and Image
Shaman Hatley, Concordia University, Montreal
Session Chair: Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University, New York City
Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
November 22, 2013 at 6.30 pm
Freer, Meyer Auditorium

See all the videos on the Freer Sackler YouTube channel. See the exhibit and join in on the free activities in San Fran starting this weekend.

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5 comments… add one

  • Wow! Great resource. Thanks for posting.

    Selected for Best of Yoga Philosophy.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Demystified

  • infored

    The exhibit is now at the Asian art museum in San Francisco.

  • Thanks for this! I plan on seeing the SF offering, but the lectures appear to be one of a kind from DC. Leave it to Yoga Dork to keep us informed!

  • Mark LaPorta

    1) congrats for publishing something that is actually mostly about yoga.
    2) remember that professors profess, and academics talk — for a living. How many are actual practitioners who know from within?

  • Karen

    I’ve been watching these since seeing this, and I’m really grateful to have been alerted to them.

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