A series of meetings entitled “An Introduction to Takis’ Solar Yoga”, an exercise invented by Takis and presented to the public for the first time, will be taking place this summer in the Stavros Niarchos Park in parallel with the Takis exhibition at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
“Takis’ Solar Yoga” is a breathing exercise in which solar energy is inhaled then diffuses through the body. Inspired by Ancient Egypt in the reign of Akhenaton, Takis conceived it as a way to link the human body with the sun and its energy.
It was part of his daily routine.
In this presentation of Solar Yoga, Takis’ students Mima Razelou and Elisavet Delikoura will attempt to convey the artist's thoughts and his idea of Solar Yoga to the participants through its practice, guiding them in their execution of the exercise.
The central concept is that the medium which receives the energy is the body itself. Takis used the body as a means for gathering energy from the Sun; it becomes a conductor and absorbs the solar energy. Solar Yoga is a meditation system whose practitioners receive cosmic energy. It is based in the concept of the union of the two reproductive forces, the sky and the earth, as symbolized by the Ankh, the ancient Egyptian symbol of life and of breath.
“In their era, the ancient Egyptians said that there is just one truth and it is very simple: that the sun sustains Man with energy.
The pure sustenance provided by the sun kept the entire body working in balance. The pharaoh Akhenaton revealed a system whereby people could absorb the sun's miraculous energy. We swim in sunlight, but if we fail to gather this light, it is like failing to gather the fruit from the trees or to harvest the grain”.
(from Solar Yoga & Cosmic Energy by Takis, Takis Foundation K.E.T.E.)
Design & implementation: Mima Razelou, visual artist
Elisavet Delikoura, Pilates teacher
Wednesday 14/07, 4/08, 8/09
08.00 - 08.50
Up to 30 participants
Free admission by online pre-registration (the activity is conducted in Greek)
For the activity held on 02/07, pre-registration starts on Friday 25/06 at 12.00
For the activity held on 14/07, pre-registration starts on Monday 05/07 at 12.00
For the activity held on 04/08, pre-registration starts on Monday 26/07 at 12.00
For the activity held on 08/09, pre-registration starts on Monday 30/08 at 12.00
* We suggest that participants wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes, sunglasses and a hat, and bring a yoga mat.
Participants are advised to be at the event's location 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the event.
For their safe participation, the participants must demonstrate, upon arrival at the venue, a negative COVID-19 test result (48-hour rapid test or 72-hour PCR).
* No Covid-19 test (PCR, rapid ) is required for fully-vaccinated participants. Participants must meet one of the below: Have completed both doses of vaccination for COVID-19 with any of the E.U. approved vaccine, providing the EU digital COVID certificate, and the last dose must have been completed at least 14 days ago, or have recovered from COVID-19 disease, valid for at least 30 days and at most 180 days after the initial positive result.
For all cases of an official document demonstration, a parallel identity check of the holder will be carried out.
The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.
Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.