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Breath: The Pulse of the Universe

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
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Presented by Pam Johnson, Heights School of Yoga; and Lynn Birdwell, Rivet

"Breath, the Pulse of the Universe," the creation of Pam Johnson and Lynn Birdwell, is a three-part experiential homage to the breath. The program begins with a mesmerizing short film, produced by Rivet and directed by Birdwell, followed by a mandala breath troupe performance by Johnson and the Tadasana Breath Troupe. The night closes with a short, guided breath meditation.  

The short inspirational film, featuring Johnson’s velvety and unbelievably slow movement, is an elegant study of light and breath, honoring the technique and style of Bill Viola’s timeless video art. It captures the metaphysical essence of slow motion, rhythmic breath, and luminosity. Viewers observe and become keenly aware of the sound and movement of the life force, the breath. This experience is further deepened as Johnson leads the breath troupe in a devotional, orderly slow-motion mandala offering, performed to the music of their breath. Both the film and the performance were created to capture and inspire awareness about our constant companion, the breath, and the essence and integrity of the ancient healing practice of yoga, as well as our innate human capacity to create and manage our internal spaces. The guided meditation led by Birdwell leaves participants with a lingering and subliminal experience of spirituality and art.

About the Speakers
Pam Johnson, a yoga educator and breath coach, has been practicing and teaching ancient classical Himalayan yoga for 20 years. She is the founder of The Heights School of Yoga and fine artist, specializing in large-scale black and white drawings and biomorphic sculptures. Her passion is teaching breath-centered yoga and studying unified universal physics with the Nassim Haramein’s Resonance Project Foundation.

Lynn Birdwell is the Houston-based executive producer of both Bird House Productions and Rivet, a film production company. She has worked with award-winning commercial and documentary film production companies and advertising agencies. On occasion, her passion for a subject drives her to create and direct art films and other content for television and the web.

Hear more from Johnson and Birdwell, including breath and meditation tips, in a post on the MFAH Blog.

Please note that there is no entry after 6:45 p.m., and no reentry to the auditorium during the performance.

• $5 MFAH members
• $10 Nonmembers
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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; MD Anderson; the National Museum of Korea; The Crain Foundation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; Mr. William J. Hill; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; Aggie and Joe Foster; Cameron International Corporation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.