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Lora Hogan > Yoga  > Why yoga and art go hand in hand! Yoga at the Timothy Raines Gallery

Why yoga and art go hand in hand! Yoga at the Timothy Raines Gallery

I love to teach yoga–especially my special class “Yoga for runners, athletes, and ‘un-bendy’ people.”  The class is phenomenal. There are a range of levels–from very very beginners to people who have been practicing for years.  And my favorite place to teach it? The Timothy Raines Flagship Gallery in Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here I am after class with Nice, a regular yoga fixture at the Gallery

We all know I like art. Come on, I was a theater major! I could spend ALL DAY looking at art.  In fact, when I lived to NYC I would go by myself for hours upon hours. (And there, the musuem possibilities were endless!)

Yoga is a mix of creativity and precision.  Proper alignment, body awareness, fluidity, and fun.

It is easy for athletes, new yogis, and “experienced” practitioners to get caught up in the brain. While I emphasize the importance of proper alignment, we also need to learn to still the mind and find ease, grace, and artistry within each posture.

We peak around the driftwood elephant to glimpse yogis rolling up their mats after class

The Timothy Raines Gallery opens up my student’s minds while simultaneously spurring my imagination as a teacher and inviting a sense of play into the class. (Yes, this does mean I make silly Lora jokes! Who said yoga had to be so serious?) The energy of the art transforms the energy of the class–we find poise in standing postures thanks to the Andy Warhol statute by the mirror, we ground thanks to the amazing driftwood elephant in the back of the room, water-like fluidity through the blues and greens, and ease and relaxation through the space’s amazing high ceilings and large windows. The entire class is an amazing experience that transcends just your “basic” yoga class.

Moreover, the Timothy Raines Gallery class is pay what you can–meaning I feel that I am able to bring the community together, sharing with them both yoga and art. The results? Joy! I always feel so happy, so joyful, and so enthusiastic after teaching at the Timothy Raines Gallery. I can’t wait to do it again!

The Timothy Raines Gallery is located at:

One Progress Plaza
200 Central Avenue, Suite 111
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For more information, visit the website at http://www.timothyraines.com.

For information on my next class at the Gallery, be sure to follow Lora Yoga on facebook and regularly check my yoga events page.

Another view of the Gallery after class!

Comments:

  • Raffi Darrow

    March 25, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I’m sorry i missed this, Alice’s birthday. I know Nice was excited about it. Is it also a class where students can’t see themselves in a mirror? That would shift the dynamic too.i think that’s a piece of why i like outdoor yoga.

  • Terence Young

    March 25, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Great post Lora!! I love the name of your Yoga class…lolol What’s interesting is I fit into all three of those categories…. 🙂 I’ve always been interested in doing Yoga because of how it relates to my philosophy of life. I’m going to make it a point to get out to a Yoga class soon.

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