Yoga with the Butterflies

Bend like a banana - British Museum of FoodLondon, November 2015

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Yoga with the Butterflies - British Museum of Food, December 2015

Bompas & Parr opened up their British Museum of Food installation, The Butterfly Effect, for three exclusive sessions of hot tropical yoga, inviting guests to get hot and sweaty amongst the unsung heroes of pollination.

Yoga instructor Jodie Hurn lead a one hour flowing practice under luminous fuchsia light, incouraging guests to bend like a banana, take a badass baddha konasana (butterfly pose), laze like a lizard and float into a well-earned savasana.

Based on the principles of Ashtanga, we opened the practice with sun salutations to warm the body, expanding the vinyasas to incorporate a strong flowing series of creatively linked asanas. In the 90% humidity and 25 degree jungle, the heat helped flushing out toxins and stimulate the respiratory and circulatory systems, as well as heating muscles making for a very flexible performance.

In a poised post-session state, yogis were fixed with a turbo-charged Bompas & Parr boosting banana smoothie and invited to the Bolus room for 0-gravity restoration sessions in the BMOF massage chairs, proven to soothe the tightest of posteriors.

On Butterflies and Bananas:
As well as becoming the temporary site of spry yogis, Bompas & Parr’s installation communicated a key message about the importance of protecting the habitats of butterflies, which have played a crucial role in the propagation of key foods. While modern hybridized bananas do not need to be pollinated, ‘wild’ bananas depend on animal pollination, particularly by butterflies. Considering the role bananas play in nutrition as the staple food for 400 million people and in world economics as one of the world’s most traded commodities, and occasionally inspiring political and military consequences, it’s plain that the ‘butterfly effect’ should not be underestimated.

Photography by Nathan Ceddia.