Nadi-Kinetics Of Body In Yoga by Timeblur Studio, Ather Energy
We took up this project to explore movement of body in a deterministic practice of Yoga. A particular sequence in Yoga, called Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation, has been our starting point of enquiry.
Surya Namaskar, is a sequence of 12 postures done first on right then on left. We appreciated the symmetry of this ancient system, where every 6th posture, the body experienced the least gravity, and every 1st and 12th Posture, it experienced the maximum gravity. Surya Namaskar is recommended to be done 8-12 rounds, slowly for spiritual benefits and quickly for physical benefits. In special cases, a daily practice of 108 rounds may be undertaken for purification.
Why do we find the forms generated unusual? There is a sense of anthropomorphisation and a feeling of uncanniness in the forms generated. We see a face of woman and man when the form of Surya Namaskar is rotated by 90 degrees. The juxtaposition of a body in the flow of yogic sequence at the micro scale creates a web of complexities on a macro scale. The Surya Namaskar sequence provides an underlying structure, but what intrigued us the most is when the body form hides itself in the coherent formation of its flow and brings out uniqueness.
The Data input to the form, is the motion data and color of the person performing Yoga. As a further exploration, we are adding other data parameters like breath and chakra (vortex energy) for every posture. To feed our creative urge, with Computer Vision and Creative Coding, we generated a time-freeze sculpture of Surya Namaskar from the data points of Surya Namaskar.
You can read more on the process here:
On how sculptures were formed with Motion data
On how got to Motion data and processed it