What you’re doing is ‘complex yoga stretches,’ says the Washington Post

We were going to put up a Friday asana aid, but then we realized: It’s a Moonday. So let’s chill.

Instead, we’ll offer up the Washington Post’s Style section coverage of the Smithsonian yoga exhibit gala, complete with an encounter between Alex Baldwin and an unnamed yogi who was demonstrating the practice.

A little bit of “investigative reporting” by us — aka happening upon something on Facebook — turns up that the unnamed yogi is Peg Mulqueen.

Here you go, and it all seriousness, it sounds like the Smithsonian exhibit is well worth it if you can make it. (We’ll keep our eyes out for any reviews.) From the Post:

Paparazzi cameras  – the bane of her volatile husband’s existence – were poised Thursday night as the A-list couple, married last summer, arrived for the museum’s “Some Enlightened Evening” fundraiser at the Mellon Auditorium.

After submitting to a brief TV interview, Baldwin got distracted by a woman performing complex yoga stretches on the ground – one of the many performers on mats around the giant ballroom. “Have you met my wife, Hilaria?” he asked her, guiding his spouse away from the cameras.

And really, what could be a better way to end this stressful week in Washington than an evening celebrating the art of staying calm? The black-tie, $1,000-a ticket evening (relocated from the gallery to the Mellon because of the shutdown) celebrated the debut of the Sackler Gallery’s “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” exhibit, which opens Saturday.

Because there was no time to move the gala back to the museum after the government reopened, photos of sculptures and paintings from the exhibit were shown on video screens on the wall of the dimly lighted room, which piped in soothing, dreamy music throughout the night.

Several hundred guests showed up to the event, which raised about $450,000 – though a rep said that amount could change because of the last-minute venue switch. VIPs included the museum’s Jillian Sackler, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough and Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao.

The Baldwins, you might suspect, get a lot of the focus, and they donated an undisclosed amount as part of chairing the gala, so good for them. (Baldwin did a hilarious promo a few years back for our local NPR station during its pledge week, too.)

But to note: The event raised $450,000.

The Post story ends with this:

In response to what yoga position he would recommend for members of Congress to avoid another shutdown, Baldwin was initially stumped. But he later said: “My wife came up with a brilliant idea.” The position: bed of nails.

True enough. Or just put them through Primary, right?

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