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Haven't made it to see Yoga: The Art of Transformation? After NYC and San Francisco, the exhibit is now at its third and final venue, the Cleveland Museum of Art. Whether you've had the pleasure of visiting or not, curators of the Smithsonian have put in some effort so we can experience the historical retrospective from [...]

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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 [...]

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“Yoga: The Art of Transformation” looks at yoga with a historical perspective -- which might disappoint those who go to the exhibit looking for insight on the modern practice. When the exhibit opened at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art on October 19th (it will run until January 26th, and admission is free to the public), this is what visitors may have had in mind.

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It’s been a long-ass week here in Washington, DC.

And especially if you’re Dr. Debra Diamond, curator for the Smithsonian exhibit, 'Yoga: The Art of Transformation'—which nearly didn’t open on time, thanks to a bickering congress and government shutdown. In fact, even last week’s benefit gala had to be moved last minute during the political debacle, as Lululemon-clad yogis performed “complicated yoga stretches” in lieu of the art.

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Were you holding your breath? We hope not, yogsters! Either way, we can all take a deep exhale now that the government is back from its shutdown status (mostly) which means the Smithsonian's ”Yoga: The Art of Transformation” WILL OPEN this Saturday, October 19 as scheduled. Phew. The exhibit features 130 objects from 25 museums and private [...]

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India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, ca. 1800-20
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 38.5 x 28cm | 
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Given by Mrs. Gerald 
Clark, IS.33-2006

In light of all that's been affected by the government shutdown, this is hardly the worst thing to complain about. Nevertheless, it's a real bummer to report that since all of the Smithsonian museums are currently closed due to the shutdown, this means the ”Yoga: The Art of Transformation” exhibit won't open on Saturday October 19 [...]

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USA, Iowa, Des Moines, September 28, 1937
Private Collection, H x W: 34.1 × 26.6 cm

You did it, yogsters! About 600 of you generous donating souls helped raise more than $170,000 for the Smithsonian's ”Yoga: The Art of Transformation”  - with a bit of help from Whole Foods who matched donations and gave a total of $70,000. The Smithsonian's first ever crowdfunding campaign began May 29th with a funding goal [...]

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A little while back we posted about the super awesome ”Yoga: The Art of Transformation” opening this fall at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. We also mentioned that they're running a crowdfunding campaign to help raise money to put on the exhibit that will feature 130 objects from 25 museums and private collections from around [...]

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The grand museumification of yogic art is on the horizon at Washington DC's Smithsonian. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" will open at the Sackler Gallery  this fall (October 19) and will feature 130 objects from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe and the United States spanning yoga's history for the past 2,000 years (see slideshow below for more). [...]

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