Yesterday the DVD arrived... and I had to watch it immediately: Nritya Yoga - Yoga of Dance by Amrita Choudhury.
As a student of Classical Indian Dance "Kathak" and an eager Yoga practitioner I have always looked for a way to find a connection between the two disciplines, e.g. integrating Hatha-Yoga elements in the warm-up phase of my dancing lessons and combining dance technique with breathing execises. But I knew there was more...
Strolling around the net I had found the site of Canada-based Indian Dance teacher Amrita and was fascinated by her broad training program. She offers Classical Indian Dance "Odissi" as well as indian gypsy folklore dances and Bollywood style.
Fortunately (for those who cannot attend her classes like me) she offers an instructional DVD of "Nritya (Dance) Yoga" which I recommend both to yoga practitioners and dancers, because it opens a completeley new path of meditation in movement.
"The sacred Yogic dance postures and mudras (symbolic hand gestures), flow from one posture to another smoothly like dance. Slow and fast rhythmic music is used to help position the postures. Nritya yoga postures, mudra work, yogic breathwork, visualizations, Vibrant Sacred Trance Dance and meditation in motion, are all incorporated in the Nritya Yoga Practice. An experience that truly incorporates the body, mind & spirit, a form of meditation in motion that is spiritually inspiring and soulfully uplifting."
If you'd like to have a look click here.
The beauty of Amrita's postures and hand gestures is unique and makes the workout a spiritual, therapeutical and joyful experience.
Pictures from here.