Yoga: “The Art of Transformation”

12 Aug

I saw this in May when I was in San Francisco and hope to see it again in Cleveland.

Yoga & Joyful Living

Presumably, 2.000 years ago yogis didn’t wear OM-t-shirts, and probably they weren’t unrolling sticky mats in their Himalayan caves. But still, there are quite a few other preconceived ideas I had about ancient yoga practitioners that are a far cry from the truth. Examples? Here you go:

Yogis weren’t peaceful. Watercolours such asThe Battle at Thaneshwar‘, dating from the Mughal dynasty, depict bands of armed yogis battling over bathing rights at a sacred river. Holy water…

The archetype of a yogi was probably more looking like this:  

Female yogis (“yoginis”) were agents of otherworldly powers who could help win battles. Or at least this is what the Indo-Islamic rulers of Bijapur thought in the 17th century.

The exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation aims at exposing as myth some of the commonly agreed on ‘truths’ about yoga.

It started at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, went next to the Asian…

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