The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Indian, Sarasvati, 6th century, sandstone, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Presented by Smitha Mallaiah, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and VYASA Houston

Visitors can learn how the food they eat can nourish not just the physical body but also the mind! Ancient yoga texts give ideas on diet and nourishment for a healthy mind and body. Whereas the modern diet focuses on matter, yoga works at both the mind and body level. The yogic diet includes whole, simple, fresh, nutritious food prepared and served with love.

Guests can meet in the Arts of India Gallery for a 15-minute curatorial introduction. Afterward, they are escorted to the Farish Classroom for a yoga talk, then to the Cullen Sculpture Garden for a yoga/meditation practice. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

IMAGE: Indian, Sarasvati, 6th century, sandstone, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by "One Great Night in November, 2004"; "Polo in India: A Great Tradition," with gifts from Sesh and Prabha Bala, Dr. and Mrs. A. P. Raghuthaman, Mr. and Mrs. Ashok Rao; the Friends of Asian Art, with gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Allen III, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Daly, Mr. and Mrs. John Goodman,  Dr. and Mrs. Ninan Mathew, Drs. Usha and Kumara Peddamatham, Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson, and the Caroline Wiess Law Foundation; with additional gifts from Terry Huffington and Ralph Ernest Dittman, Dr. and Mrs. Peter Sullivan, and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon E. Nicklos, by exchange.

About the Programs & Activities

Art, Body & Mind
This series of programs seeks to enhance knowledge and appreciation of the arts of India, from visual art in the galleries to yoga and meditation. These practices cultivate transformational power to energize and relax, to achieve inner peace, and to reinforce a kind and patient attitude toward others.

About the Speaker
Smitha Mallaiah received her yoga-therapy training from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) in Bangalore, India. As a mind-body intervention specialist for MD Anderson's integrative medicine program, she designs and teaches yoga interventions for different cancer populations. Mallaiah has studied Ayurveda, naturopathy, and psychology toward a holistic approach to patient care and has delivered conference presentations internationally on yoga and its applications.

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  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • This program is free! Drop in to participate. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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