As part of his Post-Post Graduate Studies residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario, artist Paul Butler has included 8am yoga classes in his programming. Along with stress management classes, “hangover movie nights” and a bicycle field trip, the classes are part of “a holistic program he feels should be taught in art schools to support contemporary practitioners in their work.”
The multidisciplinary artist has an interest in artist driven projects that challenge current art world models – and he might be aware that yoga classes in the gallery also challenge current yoga studio models. It’s not a particularly new concept, as last year Elena Brower introduced YoGA at the MoMA (large-scale yoga classes at the Museum of Modern Art) and Flavorpill’s Art of Yoga series is bringing yoga to galleries around the US. But we’re always a little slow on the uptake here in the Great White North.
The classes are taught by Ashtanga-Vinyasa teacher Grace Dubery and the last classes of the series takes place Thursday, November 17. If you’ve always wanted to get your yoga on in the presence of a Henry Moore sculpture, RSVP yourself ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org