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Museum Curator Teaches Yoga at St. Joseph Museum

Yoga and museums don't seem to go together, but the instructor of this yoga class says it makes perfect sense.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Sara Wilson has a passion for yoga.

It's something she discovered when she was pregnant with her daughter, who is now 4 years old.

But in that time, since initially getting interested, Wilson has become a certified yoga instructor.

She's also a museum curator, and she's taken both of her major interests and found a way to combine them.

"I actually suggested to some of the staff members that they attend one of my yoga classes, and they encouraged me to do yoga at the museum as part of our wellness outreach to the community," Wilson said.

Now, every Wednesday morning through July, Wilson will teach a yoga class for anyone who wants to join.

For $6, museum visitors can have a yoga lesson and also gain full access to the Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph Museum and Black Archives.

Wilson says holding the yoga classes at the psychiatric museum actually makes a lot of sense.

"Yoga is actually much more than the physical practice we tend to associate with it.  That's actually just one limb of yoga.  Yoga actually includes meditation. It encompasses breath work; it encompasses lifestyle changes," she said.

The instructor emphasizes that yoga is much more about mental health and mental wellness than most people think.

She says it can help relieve stress, help with depression and make people feel better.

"Psychiatrists and doctors are now prescribing yoga to their patients as part of being well," Wilson said.

Her class will run through July, Wednesday mornings at 9:00.
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