W11: 2016 | Erasmus Staff Mobility For Teaching | Universidade Lusofona | “YogArch”
This workshop was organized in collaboration with Universidade Lusofona (Lisbon/ Portugal) in the scope of “Erasmus Staff Mobility For Teaching” Program with undergraduate students of Department of Architecture and Department of Civic Engineering.
YogArch (Yoga + Architecture), which is a combination of yoga asanas and structural principles of architecture, is constituted from a set of yoga asanas supported by visual materials. The set is designed in the norm of an ordinary beginner-level yoga class, which means the order of the asanas is not coincidential. The set starts with simple warming-up asanas, continues with more complicated asanas of balance & power and ends with relaxation poses. Each of these asanas symbolizes a constructive principle or an element. Before practising the asana, this working principle or element is explained on the visual material of a building by the instructor who is experienced both in architecture and yoga. The two-level learning (first listening and then practising on their own body) makes it much easier for the participant to perceive these facts. In undergraduate education, YogArch supports structural courses.