Yoga has a 2,500-year history that sprung up in India as a series of mental and physical practices to help escape the cycle of suffering that flesh is heir to. “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (Feb. 21 to May 25) offers a voyage through some of that history via art, photography and film. With 135 objects borrowed from 25 museums and collections internationally, this is the “first major art exhibition about yoga,” says the museum.
“Yoga is a range of practices that focus on controlling the body and breath as a means of stilling the mind,” says Qamar Adamjee, curator of South Asian art at the museum. “These practices were developed around 500-200 BC by various wandering ascetics.” While the practices were closely connected to Hinduism, there were also Buddhist and Jain adherents. Continue reading >> latimes.com