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Smithsonian to hold yoga sessions

Author: Harish Rao
Publication: India Post
Date: April 4, 2019
URL:      http://www.indiapost.com/smithsonian-to-hold-yoga-sessions/

The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex and research organization, will be holding yoga sessions and has urged all yoga lovers and US museums to hold yoga programs in their premises.

This hour-long Vinyasa yoga class is held in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC and pairs yoga and art appreciation. Next class has been scheduled for April 17.

Yoga, referred to as “a living fossil”, is a mental and physical discipline for everybody to share and benefit from. Its traces go back to around 2,000 BCE during the Indus Valley civilization , according to Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism.

Maharshi Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, said that yoga is a methodical effort to attain perfection through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche.

Federally funded, the Smithsonian, created by an Act of Congress in 1846, claims to be “the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex” with nearly 155 million collections; Around 29 million people visited it last year. US Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. is its Chancellor; David J. Skorton the Secretary while US Vice President Mike Pence is on its Board of Regents.
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