Yoga Dance is a Spiritual Mind Body Fitness Program that has emerged from my 30 year spiritual practice and study, and my professional work as a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and yoga instructor. Sharing what has worked so well for me, I found it resonates in a deep place for others too, who enjoy yoga, spirituality, fitness, dance, meditation, and creative explorations towards inner awakening.
There are many fitness programs that assist in physical wellness but do not address spiritual and emotional wellness. Yoga is a marvelous spiritual fitness tool, but it does not access the rich creative imagination within each soul yearning to express itself. I have found by adding creativity to fitness and by creating original movements in space to express diverse thought currents, that cathartic, transformative, and healing energy emerges.
Points to know about Yoga Dance
If you decide to join a class yoga dance, or you want to try it out at home yourself, then here are some facts to keep in mind.
1. The movement will be different from that of traditional yoga. There is a lot of unique action in dance yoga compared to what conventional yoga poses involve. This is why you should dress comfortably and keep an open mind and be ready to explore. If you go into dance yoga, expecting to be doing traditional yoga asana practice, then yoga dance is not for you. Be prepared to expect a fusion of fluid movement, rhythm, and music. This is a very versatile form of yoga, and the rhythm of the moves will change frequently.
2. Be ready to sweat a lot. Even though dance yoga is not a form of heat or hot yoga, everyone knows that dancing is a sweaty activity as it is ultimately a form of cardio exercise. The movements and music will generate a lot of heat inside and out. So again, dress accordingly and bring along a towel or change of clothing if you join a class.
3. There are no set rules for dancing, and you can move as you want. No rule says you have to go all out or begin at a slow pace. You can always stick to doing familiar movements instead of worrying about the dance element involved in this type of yoga.