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URBAN YOGA BY ANJA HUMLJAN

I've always been a huge yoga lover and I'm currently wildly passionate about the Ashtanga style. Sure, I still can't perform that perfect Supta Karmasana (aka the Sleeping tortoise pose) and I still haven't mastered the ujjayi breath (not sure if I ever will). Why do I love it so much? It reminds me that I have to stay honest and keep a simple outlook on life, it teaches me how to love and take care of myself, it reminds me to breathe, it makes me stay focused and teaches me how to be present in this very moment … The list could basically go on forever. I always love to read or listen about other yogis' stories – what they benefit from their practice, what works best for them, what's their philosophy behind their practices. So you can probably tell how curious I was when I first found out about miss Anja Humljan, an artist, architect, dancer and yoga teacher from Slovenia.

Photo: Jaka Vinsek, New York
Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua, Madrid
Photo: Jaka Vinsek, New York
During her teenage years Anja was a top Slovenian athlete, but she later found her real love in art. Believing that all art comes from and returns to a certain space, it became her primary aspiration to understand space itself, so she decided to study architecture. At the age of 23 miss Humljan was the youngest Slovenian architect to have a project exhibited at Venice Architectural Biennal, which (at least that's how I see it) is a friggin' big deal! She later began to branch out even further, exploring fields that at the first glance had nothing to do with architecture. She took quite a few master classes with dance companies in New York, learned sound recording while she was studying in Australia, worked as a voice actor and radio host, and created her first engaging method for analyzing space (a tool for analyzing and documenting one's personal experience of space referring to stories, atmosphere and the passing of time). Anja has also been a yoga teacher for 13 years now and she based her practice on the notion that our guiding principle is to live in harmony with ourselves as well as with the environment. She believes that urban landscapes should not be regarded as disturbers of our harmony, but rather as a crucial element that contributes to it.

Her amazing project Urban Yoga represents an architectural experiment that explores a dialog between a sensuous body and a contemporary city. By surrendering to what we smell, touch, taste, see and hear, every space can become a source of positive energy, a place that recalls memories, tells stories and nests our dreams. The Urban Yoga project aims to raise the importance of designing urban space so that it's not only visually and technologically stunning but also designed with a human in mind.

Photo: Jaka Vinsek, New York
Photo: Primoz Lukezic, Ljubljana
Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua, Madrid
Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua, Madrid
Photo: Jaka Vinsek, New York
Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua, Madrid
Photo: Jaka Vinsek, New York
Last year Anja Humljan successfully kickstarted a project to publish her Urban Yoga Photo Book that can be purchased on the Urban Yoga webpage. This is for sure one of the coolest projects I have seen in the last few years. Hands down, Anja!

And what's your take on yoga?

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4 comments:

  1. This seriously left me speechless :o How amazing. The idea and the outcome!

    I'd love to be able to focus on yoga. I wish I coukd feel what you described.

    (PS: thank you so much for your support babe!)

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  2. Beautiful and a super inspiring post! Thank you for writing it. She has a wonderfully creative attitude about life. Not taking things too seriously and just doing her thing. Hah this post really hit me...

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  3. Wow what a life well lived. And travelled. I wish I had studied and learned cool shit when I was abroad travelling lol. Damn, if I could go back and tell my 19 year old self stuff! This photo series is so epic, I love the concept and the photography itself is so on point. Gorgeous.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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