Alec Baldwin and medieval killer yogis at Smithsonian
25 October 2013 Last updated at 01:29 BST
The world's first exhibition exploring the visual art of yoga showcases 130 objects from 25 museums and private collections around the world. Many have never been seen in public, while others are known masterpieces.
Together they mark the start of a new field of study - how yoga's visual culture can shed light on its mysteries and hidden meanings.
The BBC's Jane O'Brien attended the opening gala in Washington DC before getting a tour of Yoga: The Art of Transformation at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery of Asian art.
Filmed and edited by Markus Zeffler