The Body and Design; PRANA

I couldn’t help myself from choosing this one week course this semester!

I’ve been practicing yoga as a way to clear my mind, de-stress and make room for more creative thoughts since my 2nd year of study, so a course about the links between breathing and creativity seemed super exciting!

We started the course with an introduction to Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice of coordinated body postures and movements, breathing, and meditation. Qigong allows you to harness the energy of the sun and the earth and become attuned to the universe’s vibrations.

Each day we had two long practical sessions, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

After two days of Qigong we practiced yoga and meditation twice a day for the rest of the week, and discussed it’s applications in design, and ‘vibratory concepts’ in between the practical sessions.

We kept an instagram blog called @pranaensci where we documented our individual and collective experience, and kept track of references that we discussed.

An ongoing personal project of mine is to write my own method cards, to help me when I get stuck or lost in projects, so my personal project during the week was to create method cards based on the techniques I learnt in the course.

Thank you to all of the other participants and to our fantastic mentor for such a peaceful week to prepare us for a busy semester.

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