“Yoga is 99 percent waste removal.” –TKV Desikachar, pioneer of modern yoga as exercise, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.
Artful Movements provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. These free sessions begin 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.
In this Artful Movements session, we will remove the toxins and waste in our systems that interfere with our self-improvement and growth. Inspired by Theresa Secord’s Penobscot Barrel (2019), made of natural materials and grounded in a traditional practice, we will explore Raised Hands Pose (Urdhva Hastasana), sometimes called Talasana, or the Palm Tree Pose. Like Penobscot Barrel, this pose resonates with the natural world. By connecting with nature, we will prepare our “barrels” for an abundance of health and vitality.
This program is part of the Museum’s wellness initiative, Let Art Inspire, which includes a variety of programs that connect the mind, body, and art in innovative ways. Currently, there are three Let Art Inspire programs, Artful Movements on the first Saturday of each month, Artful Meditation on the second Wednesday of each month, and Artful Healing on the third Monday of each month.
While we’re closed to the greater public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll bring Artful Movements to you in the safety and convenience of your home. The session will be appropriate for all yoga levels, families, and children. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch.
Artful Movements is available online through the Museum’s website and Facebook page.
The Waterville community can continue their yoga practice at School Street Yoga. Please visit their website for yoga class schedules.
For questions, please contact Jordia Benjamin.