PEM Might Have the Coolest Yoga Classes You Ever Take

It's held inside 'Intersections,' an art installation at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Intersections yoga classes at peabody essex museum

Yoga at ‘Intersections.’ / Photo by Allison White/Peabody Essex Museum

If you’ve been putting off that trip to the Peabody Essex Museum, we have a new piece of motivation for you. Starting this Sunday, the museum will hold gentle yoga classes inside one of its art installations.

Art-loving yogis can practice in the room that houses “Intersections,” a piece by Anila Quayyum Agha inspired by the Alhambra, a Spanish palace considered the meeting point between Islam and Western culture. The work consists of an intricately designed steel cube, hung from the ceiling and lit from within by an 800-watt halogen lightbulb. The result is a room filled with gorgeous, complex shadows—the perfect place to find your zen and practice yoga in an entirely new environment.

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

Throughout the spring, there will be a class each Sunday at 3 p.m. Classes are free with admission, and will be taught by instructors from Salem’s Yoga Sakti and Green Tea Yoga, and Marblehead’s Yoga Loft. Both March dates have already sold out, so act fast if you want to attend.

Sundays, 3 p.m. Museum admission is $18 for adults. 161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500,