For most of us, the word “yoga” conjures up images of impossible body contortions, limited to the young, the limber and those fascinated by a certain image of India. Others, of a more spiritual bent, know yoga through the writings of Yogendra.
The current show, “Yoga and the Art of Transformation” shows how little we knew.
Gathered from 25 museums and private collections across the globe, the 135 artworks date from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. The exhibit debuted in October in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. But it had to come to California - possibly the first place where yoga was taken seriously in the West.
It’s the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Horse. The horse is part of a 12-year-cycle of animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. These interact with the five elements: wood, metal, fire, water, earth. 2014 is the year of the wood horse, taking over from the year of the water snake.
With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, they say that the incoming Lunar New Year beginning on Friday is going to be the kind of horse that you shouldn't stand behind -- because it incorporates the volatile element of fire.
closes tomorrow but it's worth the trip to the hood to see the gritty,
honest and tender portraits of our close neighbors. For "amateur"
photographer Troy Holden, it took a year of canvassing just to get 50
willing subjects to form the exhibition "Neighbors." Holden who lives in
Bernal Heights, discovered the Tenderloin on his first day in San
Francisco in 1996. The photos range from tender to gritty but each is an
honest, beautiful look at at those who live in a part of the city that
we often hurry through with our eyes averted.