I always thought that flexibility and grace were enough for a dancer. But, with time I realised strength, agility and isolation is a necessity too. As, the movements need to be clean, the spins should be consistent, so on and so forth. Besides, dancers are prone to injuries too! Especially, when we think that we are not professionals, it’s just a hobby.
Benefits of Yoga for Dancers
- Strength: Belly-dancers require a strong core and thighs, ballet dancers have a great poise, hip hop dancers need strong arms. Thus, with Hatha yoga a dancer is able to strengthen the different muscles and joint.
- Isolation: A dancer needs to have clean movements. Thus, isolation is very important that the body movements are visible and impactful.
- Increased body awareness: Yoga makes us more aware about the body. The slower pace of a yoga class naturally allows for greater precision. Moving slowly and deliberately allows more opportunity to notice and correct habits that might create issues over time, such as rolling in or out on your ankles as you balance.Thus isolation becomes easier and it is easier to practice any form of rhythmical movement.
- Better flexibility: Even though dancers are flexible, most of us have certain tight areas. Poses that focus on these areas will help you unlock greater range of movement and since yoga stretches are generally held for longer periods, you get greater results and make the body less prone to injury. A lot of dancers get injured due to repeated stress to certain muscles.
- Cool down: Relaxation asanas help you wind down after high-intensity practices or performances, calming your nervous system and drawing you back to your center.
- Enhanced creativity: Yoga and dancing are perfect partners to lose inhibitions and bring out the best level of creativity. Like I always say, the best ideas come in a more relaxed state. 🙂
All dancers are ultimately on the same quest: to become better, stronger dancers. Whether you are looking to build strength, improve flexibility and balance, or just recalibrate your brainwaves to a more relaxed state. By learning to align your body, mind and spirit on the mat you will bring your best self to your dance.
Lets Dance to the music of our souls 🙂
Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).