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This woman will kick your butt - the arty way.
Feature 26 Apr 2019

Art Yoga Teacher, New York

After kicking off her career in investment banking, Melini Jesudason fell in love with the yoga practise and just hosted a very special class for art loving girls in NYC. Not only would Carrie Bradshaw have signed up for this treats but also art girls in the big apple should go for some playful inversions surrounded by mouthwatering art. Why?
We are talking about a premium art yoga experience meaning that you will practise your asanas surrounded by iconic artworks from Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham, Virgil Abloh and more. Convinced?
With a massive following on her IG, Melini is your perfect coach to kick your butt and nap in childs pose on a cuddly Murakami pillow while recover from the art world.
Ommmm.

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In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
Art, fashion, music and food have always influenced and inspired each other. But now with social media everyone has an audience beyond the traditional art world. As a yoga practitioner I create art with my body in a collaboration with my photographer and the brands we work with. We use architecture and nature and whatever is going on in that moment to create moments.

But more than that when I teach at events or in spaces like HRY SPACE, the top of the World Trade Center or in a Church etc, I’m creating an immersive experience for everyone with visuals, music and movement so everyone creates something together. Yoga is union and connection, and art is the same. That shared energy is an experience with a feeling that creates a memory. So any art that is immersive is exciting to me and we are seeing more of that with different worlds coming together. It’s great that innovators like Roy Huang and HRY SPACE understand that and are creating that in New York.

Number of unanswered mails in your account today…
It honestly makes me laugh when I see someone’s phone and they have thousands of unread emails. I always clear whatever I have and get to 0 unless it’s purposely on hold.

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Image Credit via Renee Choi 

Perfect working outfit…
I’m all Alo Yoga every day. And I’m always in sneakers running around but when I’m working I’m barefoot which is wonderful.

Your everyday online art read is…
Artnet news and of course I browse Instagram. 

Most ridiculous thing you ever bought…
I’m renovating my apartment now so everything I’m selecting is beautiful and has purpose, for example my new Toto toilet looks like a UFO. But something completely unnecessary yet totally necessary I bought recently is a Goldish face chain. I wore it to dinner last night and a stranger said I looked beautiful and exotic but also like I could pull out a sword. I take that as a compliment!

This song brings you in a good mood straight away…
Money by Cardi B.

Favourite art x brand collaboration…
Louis Vuitton has had so many great collaborations over the years, but the Japanese side of me resonated with Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami the most, they were so playful. My aunt in Tokyo went to the different stores and lined up for bags and I had friends in different places find pieces and send them to me.

You first post on Instagram…
March 7, 2014 I posted a picture of 2 horses in the snow in Aspen. They are named Bert and Ernie and I rode on a sleigh with them to eat dinner.

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Image Credit via Renee Choi 

Favourite hashtag…
All of my #melinieats tags! I love food so much I started a food page @melinieats that’s really tiny and on all of my pics I tag them with things like #melinieatssushi and #melinieatsdessert or whatever so I can click on it and remember all the food I ate! It makes me happy.

Your art world muses…
I love that Hilma af Klint was a medium and conveyed nature and science but also spirit and the occult in her paintings. She is conveying knowledge that goes beyond abstract art. She’s translating messages from God and you can feel her connection to Source.

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Describe yourself with three emojis…
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Art world gent I would love to have lunch with…
Leonardo da Vinci because he was diversely talented and knowledgeable more than anyone. He is a Master Soul who was sent to us to further the development of humanity and from biographies he seems like a super cool and fun guy to hang out with. I am also fascinated by theories about time and other dimensions and I would absorb anything he has to share about that!

Artist(s) we should have on our watch list is/are…
Instagram is probably the most interesting medium for me to discover new artists every day and it would be hard to pick one to single out. I’m also really looking forward to the Whitney Biennial.

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Instagram: @meliniseri

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