Yoga and Art Immersion at the USC Fisher Museum of Art

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Yoga and Art Immersion at the USC Fisher Museum of Art

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Inhale, exhale.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of academic life, students at USC can find a sanctuary of tranquility at the Fisher Museum of Art. Surrounded by captivating artwork spanning centuries, individuals can engage in yoga sessions, fostering a harmonious balance between body, mind, and spirit.

A Collaborative Endeavor

In partnership with USC Recreational Sports, the Fisher Museum offers complimentary one-hour yoga sessions every Thursday at 10 a.m. Open to the entire USC community, these classes provide a unique opportunity to embrace yoga amidst the museum’s historic walls.

Brigid Harmon, the museum’s communications and marketing coordinator, envisions these events as catalysts for not only physical well-being but also cultural appreciation.

“Our aim is to encourage individuals to connect with both the art and the practice of yoga,” Harmon asserts. “We strive to create an environment where students feel a sense of ownership over the museum, fostering a deep appreciation for the university’s cultural heritage.”

Divya Choudhary: An Experienced Practitioner

Divya Choudhary, a graduate student in computer science and a certified international Ashtanga Yoga instructor, has played a pivotal role in these yoga sessions.

Ashtanga Yoga, derived from the Sanskrit term for “eight-limbed yoga,” demands a profound connection between mind and body, a connection that Choudhary has meticulously cultivated through rigorous training.

“My journey with yoga began in childhood, albeit unknowingly,” Choudhary reminisces. “I intuitively practiced Ashtanga poses without realizing their significance. As I matured, my involvement deepened, leading me to explore the meditative aspects of yoga, which resonated deeply with me.”

Since 2019, Choudhary has guided yoga classes at the Fisher Museum, advocating for its benefits as a morning ritual before academic pursuits.

“The museum’s spaciousness enhances the yoga experience, fostering a profound sense of grounding,” Choudhary explains. “Surrounded by captivating artwork, practitioners can fully immerse themselves in the present moment.”

Enriching Experiences

Stanley Davis, a graduate student in astronautical engineering, is a devoted attendee of the Fisher yoga classes.

“The atmosphere is truly unique,” Davis remarks. “The museum setting transforms the experience into something akin to an art installation, nurturing both physical and mental well-being. It’s a practice that I highly recommend.”

Similarly, Harmon encourages all members of the USC community to embrace these yoga sessions as opportunities for relaxation, mindfulness, and artistic appreciation.

“Our mission is to provide a serene and contemplative space where individuals can immerse themselves in both the practice of yoga and the captivating artwork that surrounds them,” Harmon emphasizes. “Even for those who may not actively engage with the art, the museum environment exudes a calming and uplifting energy.”

Accessibility and Inclusivity

The open and flexible nature of the Fisher yoga classes makes them accessible to individuals with varying schedules and skill levels.

“The environment is welcoming and inclusive,” Davis asserts. “The instructor provides personalized guidance, catering to each individual’s abilities. It’s a comprehensive workout that transcends the confines of a traditional gym setting.”

As the museum’s exhibitions evolve, the yoga sessions remain steadfast in their mission: to cultivate a harmonious interplay between yoga, art, mindfulness, and physical well-being. Open to all members of the USC community, these classes provide a unique opportunity for introspection, rejuvenation, and artistic exploration.

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