Aga Khan Museum – an inspiring space for light, yoga, moon, fast cars and an exhibit on the living history of Syria

If this city has a space worthy of showcasing the delicate beauty of the moon, surely it is the introspective open-air courtyard at the Aga Khan Museum.

Yoga ‘Crescent Pose’ = Moon Phases

YuMee Chung is a recovering lawyer who teaches yoga in Toronto, demonstrates crescent pose at the Aga Khan Museum. (Image credit: Anne-Marie Jackson via Toronto Star)
YuMee Chung is a recovering lawyer who teaches yoga in Toronto – here she demonstrates crescent pose at the Aga Khan Museum. (Image credit: Anne-Marie Jackson via Toronto Star)

This Crescent Pose variation is a dynamic balancing act that symbolizes the waxing and waning phases of the ever-changing moon. The key is to aspire to steadiness and joy while embracing the inevitable wobbles.

Watch yoga instructor YuMee Chung demonstrates a 7 step adaption of Crescent Pose at the Aga Khan Museum.

YuMee Chung is on the faculty of a number of yoga teacher training programs and leads international yoga retreats.

Light , Pattern & Shadows

Aga Khan Museum: The building’s program is arranged around a central enclosed courtyard (left) photo © Tom Arban photography (right) photo © Gary Otte photography
Aga Khan Museum: The building’s program is arranged around a central enclosed courtyard (left) photo © Tom Arban photography (right) photo © Gary Otte photography

Award-winning architect of the Aga Khan Museum, Fumihiko Maki, was inspired first and foremost by light.

“He ensured not only that light is ever-present in the building, but that, depending on the time of day or season, light will animate the building in myriad ways: throwing patterns on the exterior walls of Brazilian granite, enhancing interior spaces, or illuminating the open-roofed courtyard.”

Fast Cars

In October, guests were treated to a spectacular display of sport cars including the very elusive Pagani Automobili Zonda F under the stars on the perfect fall evening at the spectacularly designed Aga Khan Museum.

At the Aga Khan Museum: Pagani Automobili Zonda F (left) and 2017 Protonic Red Edition BMW i8 (right) at the Aga Khan Museum (Image credit: Zonda - Best of Toronto and BMW - Wheels.ca)
At the Aga Khan Museum: Pagani Automobili Zonda F (left) and 2017 Protonic Red Edition BMW i8 (right) at the Aga Khan Museum (Image credit: Zonda – Best of Toronto and BMW – Wheels.ca)

Also during the same month, Wheels.ca profiled the futuristic 2017 Protonic Red Edition BMW i8 at the beautiful and austere Aga Khan Museum against the backdrop of the stunning and serene Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

Watch the inauguration of the Aga Khan Museum's exhibition: Syria - A Living History (Video)Syria: A Living History

The museum sheds light on the art and culture of Syria in Syria: A Living History, an exhibition that runs till February 26, 2017.

 

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