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Millions of people around the world practice yoga to find spiritual insight and improved health. While many are aware of yoga’s origins in India, few may know about its philosophical underpinnings or its fascinating history over thousands of years. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" goes beyond postures and delves into how yoga has evolved into a global phenomenon through an exploration of its visual history. Borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and India, the artworks featured in the exhibition date from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. Images ranging from benevolent deities and gurus to Tantric goddesses and sinister yogis reveal how yoga practices—and perceptions of them—have transformed over time and across communities. Exhibition highlights include stunning masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting; pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures (asanas); and a Thomas Edison film, Hindoo Fakir (1902), the first American movie ever produced about India. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Asian Art Museum (February 21–May 25, 2014) was organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution with support from the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and the Ebrahimi Family Foundation.

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Millions of people around the world practice yoga to find spiritual insight and improved health. While many are aware of yoga’s origins in India, few may know about its philosophical underpinnings or its fascinating history over thousands of years. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" goes beyond postures and delves into how yoga has evolved into a global phenomenon through an exploration of its visual history. Borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and India, the artworks featured in the exhibition date from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. Images ranging from benevolent deities and gurus to Tantric goddesses and sinister yogis reveal how yoga practices—and perceptions of them—have transformed over time and across communities. Exhibition highlights include stunning masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting; pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures (asanas); and a Thomas Edison film, Hindoo Fakir (1902), the first American movie ever produced about India. "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Asian Art Museum (February 21–May 25, 2014) was organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution with support from the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and the Ebrahimi Family Foundation.

    1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

    Yoga: The Art of Transformation

    • 1 min
    2. Three Aspects of the Absolute

    2. Three Aspects of the Absolute

    Yoga: The Art of Transformation

    • 1 min
    2. Layer: Nath Yogis

    2. Layer: Nath Yogis

    Yoga: The Art of Transformation

    • 1 min
    3. Yogini

    3. Yogini

    Yoga: The Art of Transformation

    • 1 min
    3. Layer: Tantric Yoga

    3. Layer: Tantric Yoga

    Yoga: The Art of Transformation

    • 46 sec
    4. Fasting Buddha

    4. Fasting Buddha

    Yoga: The Art of Transformation

    • 1 min

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