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Indian, Parvati, c. 11th century, bronze, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Agnes Cullen Arnold Endowment Fund.

Yoga Talk and Practice “Understanding the Self: A Yogic Perspective”

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Beck Building, Mezzanine
5601 Main Street Map & Directions

Talk and guided meditation presented by Smitha Mallaiah, assistant director, VYASA—Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Houston, and mind-body specialist, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s integrative medicine program. Yoga practice led by Vishwarupa N, director, VYASA Houston

Friends of Asian Art and the Museum’s department of learning and interpretation invite you to join Smitha Mallaiah and Visharupa N. for a lecture, guided meditation, and yoga practice. Yoga is more than a practice—yoga is a way of life, because the way we interact with ourselves and our surroundings has serious implications for our mind, body, and health.

An ancient Indian science, yoga offers concepts for understanding the self. According to the style of yoga known as Pancha Kosha, meaning Five Sheaths, the self has five levels of being: physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, and blissful. Proper understanding of the self can open up not only new avenues of self-awareness but also an understanding of how stress can lead to various diseases.

Smitha Mallaiah talks about how yoga increases one’s understanding of self, and how right yoga practices can help one achieve and maintain optimal health. Then, she guides the audience in meditation, and Vishwarupa N leads yoga practice to implement the concepts of Mallaiah's talk.

Drop in! This yoga talk and practice are free. Please bring your yoga mat for the meditation and practice portion of this program. The event takes place in the American General Conference Room located on the mezzanine level of the Audrey Jones Beck Building.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea; Mr. William J. Hill; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Crain Foundation; TMK IPSCO; Aggie and Joe Foster; Cameron International Corporation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.