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It’s not a sit-in”¦it’s an OM-in! Take a break from the news cycle and join a different kind of collective chant at the Rubin on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25. Enjoy a weekend of relaxing beats, meditative experiences, and creative practices related to our new interactive space, OM Lab.

Not sure if the OM-In is for you? Check out a preview of the activities you have to look forward to. We hope to see you there!

Enter the OM Lab

OM is central to many Asian religious traditions and has endured for more than three thousand years. The sound has been called “elemental” and “universal,” serving as a preface to prayers and chants.

In the Rubin’s OM Lab (open through May 8), you can become a part of the history of this sacred syllable by learning about its importance and then stepping into a recording booth to offer your OM to the universe. Your voice will join thousands of others in our forthcoming exhibition The World Is Sound and become a part of the world’s largest collective chant of OM!

OM-In Day 1: Immerse Yourself in OM Soundscapes

On Friday, February 24, Aya & Tyler return to the Rubin for a free, live music performance featuring a unique blend of live vocals, instruments, and percussion into an alluring multi-layered soundscape.

Afterward, pick up a ticket to Brooklyn Raga Massive’s presentation of “The Unstruck Sound,” an interactive concert inspired by the Vedic concept of Anahata Nada, the primordial sound that emanates from the universe.

Bring your yoga mat and finish your night with Acoustic Mandala Project’s sound meditation experience. The sound baths will be based on original primal vibrations like OM—sounds that are inherently transformative and healing. Lie down and don an eye-mask, while the facilitators utilize gongs, Tibetan bowls, bamboo flutes, overtone singing, and other instruments that create these transcendent sounds.

OM-In Day 2: Get Your Body Flowing and Explore Mantra Practices

Start your morning with a special meditation and flow led by Dana Trixie Flynn. This open-level yoga session aims to connect your body, mind, and spirit—and bring out your OM, of course!

Afterwards, settle into the Rubin’s Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room and discover the connections between Himalayan culture, art and meditative practice with the Rubin’s Assistant Manager of Himalayan Cultural Programs, Tashi Chodron.

If you’re eager to learn more about the history and context of OM and mantra meditation, head to OM 101, with teachers from the Hindu, Sikh, and Tibetan Buddhist spiritual traditions. After an in-gallery session with each teacher, you can participate in a panel discussion with the teachers, moderated by Dana Trixie Flynn.

Are you feeling inspired? Get your OM on with us starting Friday, February 24!