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The Art of Yoga

by Sarah McCartan

Inhale into plank.

Exhale into downward-facing dog.

Nothing says relax, renew and revitalize on a Monday morning quite like a yoga class led by one of the community’s most acclaimed yogis, Nancy LaNasa. Although LaNasa just closed her doors at Abhaya Yoga Center last month, she is leading a free yoga class Monday, Nov. 11, at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Participants will sprawl through the museum’s expansive upstairs gallery space. While hosting yoga in the museum is a test run for the PMA, practicing the art of yoga within gallery spaces is far from a new concept.

“There are a number of museums that have been offering yoga within their galleries for years and the concept has shown itself to be an incredible draw,” said Alexis Leader, PMA Contemporaries  (PMAC) board president.

“Experiencing a personal connection within a space, such as the PMA, bonds individuals, and helps to strip away previous elitist ideas potentially associated with the conventional and outdated stereotypes of a museum.”

This idea of this personal connection and community experience includes the art showcased within the space. In honor of Veterans Day, attendees have an opportunity for an up close look at the latest exhibition on loan from the Rowe Collection, “The Design of War: World War I and World War II
Posters and Flags.”

“The dichotomy of peace and harmony within the yoga exercise set against the backdrop of war presents an unexpected, and mindful, tribute to our armed forces,” said Leader.

While this public yoga event is free and open to yoga enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, it is a part of the greater workings of a new affiliate group of the PMA geared toward young professionals.

“Despite a vibrant group of young professional associations within Pensacola, none were devoted to arts and culture within the community,” said Leader.

“PMAC members represent the next generation of arts patronage, leadership, and community involvement within the arts in Northwest Florida.”

“‘The Art of Yoga’ is a free event open to the public with the intent to attract young professionals and further showcase the wide range of programming that the PMAC will be offering to their members,” explained Leader.

Leader notes future exclusive PMAC programs and events to include a range of involvement opportunities such as networking mixers, artist studio tours, film screenings, lectures, workshops, arts-related trips and fundraising events.

PMAC aims to promote leadership, social, and educational opportunities within the visual arts realm and beyond to its members, with the idea and intent of sustaining a younger active and engaged arts community in the area.

“Members serve as ambassadors of the PMA while networking with other like-minded individuals interested in supporting the arts and cultural awareness within their community,” said Leader.

All young professionals interested in PMAC membership, mark your calendars: The official PMAC launch “Membership Kick-Off & Mixer” will take place at 5 1/2 Bar from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 26.

There is no attendance limit for the yoga class, although RSVPs via social media, email, or phone are encouraged. All attendees are asked to bring a mat. Water and light snacks will be provided.

THE ART OF YOGA
WHAT: The Art of Yoga with the PMAC
WHEN: 10 – 11:15 a.m., Monday Nov. 11
WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson
COST: Free, Donations to the Museum Accepted
DETAILS: pensacolamuseum.org/pma-contemporaries or 432-6247