Renowned New York City yoga instructor Elena Brower has lead yoga classes at MoMA and the Rubin Museum. So it’s no stretch for the popular Anusara practitioner to teach at the Brooklyn Museum next week, one of three classes which will be lead by top NYC yogis during July.
The two-hour yoga classes, held over three Sundays in July, will take place in the museum’s fifth floor Cantor Rotunda. How cool is that?
So why is the venerable art institution willing to allow a slew of sticky mats and sweaty yogis into its velvet rope areas? “The museum wanted a 3-class series to complement the Vishnu exhibition,” explains Brower. Attendees are encouraged to tour the exhibit—Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior (showing through October 2)—before each yoga class.
Brower selected the other yoga instructors—Nikki Costello and Kelly Morris. “They are among the most well-respected teachers in New York City, both are dear to me, and both have high levels of virtuosity with regards to the asana practice,” she says.
It’s the first time teaching in an arts institution for instructor Kelly Morris, who practices a style she calls Conquering Lion Yoga. “It feels sweetly appropriate to have the offering of yoga in such a beautiful, hallowed space, and Garth Stevenson, the heart-opening bassist, will be accompanying us…. For us, yoga is a unspoken collaboration between student and teacher, a sacred act of creation. The Brooklyn Museum is the perfect venue to generate this mutual consecration. We are thrilled!” —Melisse Gelula
Yoga in the Rotunda Series Schedule
Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 Anusara with Elena Brower
Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 Iyengar with Nikki Costello
Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 Conquering Lion Yoga with Kelly Morris