I have a wonderful friend and colleague Prasasto Satwiko a professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University (AJYU), Yogyakarta, who since 2010, has supported the integration of yoga into classes in his faculty. This started with the use of yoga and meditation in an Art History class.
He and his colleagues were gratified to see that these students were enthusiast about the yoga classes and from 2012-14, 80 students and 8 assistants have successfully taken part in the classes. Because of the success of these courses yoga has now became an integral part of their design studies. This started formally in semester 2, 2015 and they now have yoga integrated into Design Studio 1-6 with 10 parallel classes.
The increasing interest in contemplative practice at AJYU links with the university's declaration to be a ‘green and healthy campus’. As a part of this initiative AJYU now has the vegan restaurant Veganissimo on campus.
Author: Dr Patricia Morgan
I am a teacher, contemplative practitioner, researcher, community developer and artist, currently working in the area of Contemplative Education, which I believe is one of the most important movements in education today.