As part of the Museum's wellness initiative, Let Art Inspire; Artful Movements provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries.
This free one-hour session begins with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by a series of gentle poses and meditation led by Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga.
All yoga levels, families, and children over the age of seven are welcomed. A limited number of yoga mats are available; guests are encouraged to bring their own and to wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch.
This Saturday artwork of inspiration is Ernest Blumenschein Untitled (Mountain Wood Gatherers) who uses dreamy colors to depict the landscape of New Mexico, merging the human figures and landscape as one. As such, the Revolved Triangle Yoga Pose prompts one to mimic the form of mountains, embodying inner true colors, and thus stretching and strengthening one’s arms, back, and legs.
This program is apart of Colby College’s MLK Commentive week of programs, Love ✴ Anger ✴ Transformation, is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 sermon delivered at both the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel in Washington, D. C. at the conclusion of Howard University School of Religion 41st Annual Convocation and his local congregation. Focusing on the scripture of Matthew 5:43-45, King shared that, “hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe.” King calls us to invoke the “only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe,” love, to break the chains of hate and evil. However, King reminders us that the love that he calls for is not simply the beautiful, forgiving, and passive love that may first come to mind. Rather, the love that King calls for entails seeing our own flaws and reflecting deeply inward. This love entails righteous anger and demanding truth. This love is tough, messy, and complicated. As a nation and a community, we are at a particularly powerful moment to consider how we can practice these components of love to dismantle both interpersonal bias and systemic oppression.