Solitude is Ethereal

„Solitude is Ethereal”

The project is my take on the „Animal” theme for semester 2 of Interdisciplinary Practice at Aberystwyth University. 

It is an on-going process of connecting “the animal” within me through yoga, astrology and photography.

I have done 7 animal yoga poses which are also animal star constellations. The amount of stars in the constellation determined the duration of the each yoga pose. Although the amount of stars is an average of 9, my duration of holding the poses went up from 30 seconds to 9 minutes (so far). 

The project explores strength of the human body which gradually increased due to the consistency in doing the animal poses.

Being self isolated for 10 days after my return to Aber has been a bliss for my Solitude. I haven’t been able to go out and at first I felt like an animal in a cage… but I wasn’t expecting the amount of peace and fulfilment this feeling would bring me. 

The project is a glimpse into connecting these two very distant aspects – the grounded, earthy yoga and the extraterrestrial, infinite depths of cosmos.  

I have started by exercising to my limits and held the pose for a minute. I’ve then started to add  minute by minute, up until the limit – which was the amount of stars in the constellation.

Although I’ve been locked up, I feel stronger physically but also mentally. I feel like this time spent alone has given me immunity, but has also increased my self-awareness.

The title of the project is somewhat an allusion to the song “Solitude is Bliss”. The name of the band Tame Impala refers to having an unspoken moment in nature between yourself and a wild animal. And I myself have felt connected to a particular animal whilst doing the relevant position.

Despite all this, the biggest outcome are the feelings and strength I feel within me after this ongoing process… I feel I have gained strength especially in my arms and legs, my posture is more straight and I feel a sense of balance. My body feels light, flexible and free. 

The photography series is a representation of this process. It is a connectivity of yoga, cosmos and the “animal” in me.

The titles are the 2-parted scientific names of the animal: 1st part being the name of the constellation and 2nd part being the yoga pose name.

The “animal” is presented through the pose and star constellation. I however, am a delicate and airy illustration of the animal.

We are intertwined.

Swan

~ Cygnus Hamsasana ~

Main stars: 9

Duration of pose: 9 minutes (4.5 minutes each side)

Benefits:

  • Increases hip mobility
  • Stimulates the spleen, liver and stomach energy vessels
  • Increases toe mobility and strengthens the ankles
  • Opens front body

Fish

~ Pisces Matsyasana ~

Main stars: 18

Duration of pose: 3 minutes

Benefits:

  • Energizes the whole body
  • Opens the neck, chest and intercostal muscles between the ribs

Horse

~ Pegasus Vatayanasana ~

Main stars: 9

Duration of pose: 4 minutes (2 minutes each side)

Benefits:

  • Develops balance skills
  • Strengthens arm, wrist & shoulder muscles
  • Refines sensory processing ability – manages alertness
  • Improves co-ordination and awareness of hands

Lion

~ Leo Simhasana ~

Main stars: 9

Duration of pose: 6 minutes

Benefits:

  • Relieves tension in the chest
  • Improves circulation of blood to the face
  • Keeps eyes healthy by stimulating the nerves
  • Stimulates and firms the platysma
  • Is said to eradicate disease

Eagle

~ Aquila Garudasana ~

Main stars: 10

Duration of pose: 1 minute (30 seconds each side)

Benefits:

  • Stretches the upper back and shoulders
  • Strengthens the ankles and calves  
  • Improves hip mobility 
  • Improves balance

Dog

~ Canis Shvanasana ~

Main stars: 8

Duration of pose: 30 seconds

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the whole body – upper body and legs
  • Stretches the back of the body, calves, spine 
  • Calms the mind, becomes a rest pose
  • Stimulates blood circulation

Snake

~ Serpens Bhujangasana ~

Main stars: 11

Duration of pose: 3 minutes

Benefits:

  • Stretches the front of the body, opening the chest
  • Energizes and mobilizes the spine
  • Strengthens the back and legs

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