PEM, Area Studios Team Up for In-Gallery Yoga Series

SALEM – The Peabody Essex Museum has teamed up with three area studios — Yoga Sakti and Green Tea Yoga in Salem and Yoga Loft of Marblehead — to launch a spring yoga series inside an award-winning art installation.


Photo by Allison White. Courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum

Photo by Allison White. Courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum

Join local instructors on Sunday afternoons for an ongoing series of gentle yoga classes inside Anila Quayyum Agha’s Intersections. Be bathed in light and shadow from a laser-cut steel lantern that conjures the design of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, a historic site of cross-cultural intersection where a thousand years ago Islamic and Western cultures thrived in coexistence.


“Imagine practicing yoga inside a work of art that was inspired by a beautiful meeting place where all division and conflict is transcended,” says Jennifer Craig, a participating yoga instructor. “It leaves us in a state of awe.”


Participants should bring a yoga mat, and a smartphone if they want to capture the experience. Use the hashtags #PEMyoga and #AnilaAgha. For more information or to register, visit Reservations required by the Friday before each Sunday class.




Peabody Essex Museum LogoOver the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression.


The museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts.


When? Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


Cost? Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.


For more information, call (866) 745‐1876 or visit

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