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Finding the Flow at the National Museum of Wildlife Art June 21, 2012  |  Categories: 25th Anniversary, Sculpture Trail

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – June 21, 2012 – In a trend as big as all outdoors, yoga classes from coast to coast have been moving out of the studio and into nature.  “There’s nothing like balancing in Tree Pose, humbled and inspired by the real thing all around you,” says a recent post on the blog YogaBuzz, which lists some favorite outdoor offerings from New York’s Central Park to L.A.’s Runyon Canyon.  While there may not be a lot of trees on the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new Sculpture Trail outdoor art venue, participants in the museum’s free Thursday noon Yoga on the Trail series in Jackson Hole enjoy impressive views that include plenty of big sky and mountain drama from the trail’s perch overlooking the National Elk Refuge, while animal inspiration from traditional poses with names like cat, cow and cobra seem comfortably in keeping with the museum’s wildlife art focus as evoked through the trail’s sculptures.

“It’s incredible to connect two ancient art forms on this beautiful sculpture trail – visual art inspired by artists over the centuries, and the art of yoga, ensuring healthy mind, body, and spirit. It just doesn’t get any better than this,” says Ponteir Sackrey, who is a yoga enthusiast and teacher as well as the museum’s director of development and marketing.

Yoga instructors from throughout the valley will volunteer their time and expertise for Yoga on the Trail to benefit the community in celebration of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 25th anniversary. The first session will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, with sessions continuing at the same time every Thursday throughout July and August, weather permitting.  All levels are welcome; bring your own mat and sunscreen. Classes are free, but donations are accepted to fund education programming. For more information, call (307) 733-5771.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.

Image Credit:  Museum visitors take in sculpture and skies as they enjoy new Yoga on the Trail class at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. (photo by Erin Leigh erin@erinleighimages.com)

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