It is greatly emphasized in the yoga community that yoga is for everyone. There is no specific body type, ability, or amount of experience that creates an ideal yogi. Instead, yoga is focused on loving your body and using it to the best of your ability to grow in self-awareness and health as you practice. Very similar to this is our belief here at LAL that art is for everyone. In particular, the Artist: Body exhibition taking place now until March 27th at LAL correlates significantly with the essence of yoga. In Artist: Body, artists such as Annie Sprinkle, Louis Zoeller Bickett, John Coplans, Thaniel Ion Lee, Mare Veccaro, Martha Wilson and many others featured in this exhibition use their bodies as a medium to create their work. The artists take ownership of their body and any so-called imperfections or limitations are transformed into a striking subject through which the artists express themselves and share their stories. In the same way, yogis take ownership of their bodies by not judging, competing, or expecting certain outcomes-just listening to their bodies and being in the present moment. Even beginner artists can create meaningful work using their own self as the subject just as beginner yogis can find empowerment even in their first attempt.
To demonstrate these similarities, LAL is hosting a complimentary yoga class in partnership with lululemon at the Loudoun House this Saturday, March 5th from 10am-12pm. The class will be instructed by lululemon’s own AnneDean Dotson, Brooke Anderson, and Delia Gibbs and will take place among the celebrated works of art that are featured in Artist: Body.
Lululemon is a company that specializes in athletic apparel, founded in Vancouver in 1998. What sets lululemon apart from other athletic stores is its strong ties to the community. Lululemon’s mission is to create components for people to live longer, healthier, fun lives. They foster their mission through events such as self defense classes, goal setting workshops, and complimentary yoga classes, both in-store and in the community. We are excited to partner with lululemon to bring the public this exciting event that connects the yoga community with the visual arts community. Please come join us for a fun morning with fellow visual art and yoga lovers. You don’t have to be an art connoisseur or a yoga expert- come as you are with an open mind ready to take ownership of your body and how you represent it.
This complimentary yoga class takes place on Saturday, March 5th at 10am. RSVP at https://lexington-art-league-yoga.eventbrite.ca/.
Written by Caitlin Robinson, LAL intern, Eastern Kentucky University Recreation and Park Administration student.