The list of physical activities one can perform in an art gallery are fairly limited. However, the Ackland Art Museum is offering an unconventional workshop perfect for relieving stress amongst prized art. Welcome to Yoga in the Galleries.
Once a week on Mondays from 12 to 1 p.m., Joanne Marshall, a current research professor at UNC, teaches a mindful yoga class right in the middle of the art galleries in the Ackland. The point of the event is to promote mindfulness and to give a relaxing break in the middle of a hectic day.
Marshall said she hopes those who participate in her class will take a minute to relax and take care of themselves. This class is more focused on getting your head in the right place than on strength training.
The Ackland is home to a range of rotating exhibits that provide diversity and rich art to the University and community. It is usually closed to the public on Mondays, which allows the yoga class to fill the space and be close to the art.
“This class helps you build mindfulness, which is important to us here at the museum,” Allison Lathrop, the Ackland public programs manager, said. “Because one of our goals is to foster close looking so that you have time to slow down and really take in works of art, and make connections between yourself and the works of art.”