LAMCA is one of the best art museums in Los Angeles. Every time I visit, which is maybe once a year, I always leave saying, “I should come here more often!” As yogis we draw inspiration from almost everything involved in the human experience; from tuning into ourselves, to spending time in nature, to viewing and making art. Many agree, yoga is a wonderful combination of science and art.
Recently my Aunt and Uncle came to visit Los Angles on a rainy day. They had cabin fever and they had it bad. I picked them up and we decided to go to LACMA. Thank goodness they are open on Mondays! Although it took us almost an hour to park, it was well worth the wait. Art can be incredibly inspirational. On a spontaneous visit to the art museum, you never know where the inspiration is going to come from.
After viewing several exhibitions my Aunt saw a sign for Latin American exhibit. My Aunt is immersed in the Latin American culture, she lived in Columbia for 18 years. We of course didn’t want to miss out. It was on the top floor of the Art of Americas building. As soon as we walked in the lobby of the pre historic Columbian collection, I was in another world.
We went our separate ways and I found myself looking at figures doing “yoga” movements. Of course I call them yoga because I recognized the poses from my yoga practice. This creates an even deeper understanding of why these poses have lasted the test of time, they work! They have been beneficial for centuries.
Next time you have friends and family in town, check out LACMA and be inspired by the art, the people and their cafe, Coffee and Milk the best almond milk later I’ve ever had)! Its an enriching experience. You will leave shifted for the better, and thats whats important.
Although these figures inspired me (and these poses happen to be a part of my regular practice), one must always practice the movements that are best for their body. Work with someone you trust to support and guide you. I’d be honored to help you.
Coming up: May 14th, Shadow Yoga Basics workshop in taught by Cindi Lee, Sherman Oaks, LA.
Photo Credits- All photos take by Cindi Lee