At the end of it, the governor's press office posted a photograph on Twitter of about 20 barefoot administration employees practicing yoga in the governor's private courtyard at the Capitol.
Brown did not participate. But the group activity appeared to reflect the taste of the 75-year-old, health-conscious governor, who has studied religious teachings and espouses the benefits of exercise.
Before the yoga session, Brown had installed a ping pong table in the courtyard, once occupied by a tent in which the Democratic governor's predecessor, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, smoked cigars.
"From cigar tents to yoga mats," Brown's press office said in its tweet.
Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said Friday that Thursday's event was organized by Yoga Across America, a Sacramento-based nonprofit. There are no immediate plans for a follow-up session, he said, but added, "We certainly hope we can do it again."
"What it shows," Westrup said, "is our office is capable of both fiscal and spiritual balance."
PHOTO: Employees of Gov. Jerry Brown's administration practice yoga at the Capitol on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Governor's Press Office photo posted on Twitter.