What is Yoga Dance
Yoga – Union, to unify, the state of unified consciousness
Dance – continuous movement, formless form, be voluble
Yoga Dance is a inner practice that combines the tools of Yoga, dance and other philosophies/ arts to awaken the true potential that lies within us so we are able to find balance in all aspects of ourselves:
Physical • Mental • Emotional • Spiritual
Yoga is an ancient philosophy that leads us to the state of Union or integration with ourselves and everything around us. In the Yoga point of view, there is no separation between body, mind and spirit. Through some tools such as pranayama (breathing), asana (physical postures), meditation and others we can experience presence from moment to moment. The practice of yoga leads us to bring ou attention from the outside to inside ourselves, connecting with the present moment and discover more about the unlimited nature of our own being.
Thus, Yoga leads to self realization as we bacame more skilled to deal with our own life living one day at a time with more awareness, tranquility and balance. The practice does not make us something we are not, but reveals our true nature that is often hidden by the confusion and distortion of our mind.
Dance is an ancient art and expression of humanity from its beginnings. When we dance, we are not just doing something physical, but moving all the history and emotions stored in our cells. We’re bringing all this content to surface through the body movements.
The universe is movement; It is the dance that is in all the atoms that make up the material world, day and night, the seasons, the cells of our body and its transformations etc. We are born in motion, our cells multiplied into systems building bones, brain, blood and composing the spine, the arms and the body. And when we finally learned how to balance on our two feet, we learned that there is a right and wrong way to move, learn to fit in the rules, to squeeze our wild side and convince ourselves that we feel good. We stopped to listen to our innerself and got away from the senses that shake us and make us feel awake and alive. We forget that every time we breathe, we inhale part of the other and exhale part of ourselves. We all share the same pulse. We have a direct line of communication with the rhythm that makes our heart beat. Part of us always knew how to dance. And Yoga Dance comes to remind us to rescue our own dance.
Yoga Dance has its roots in Indian mythology in which the dance is sacred. When a God dance, everything that exists enters in a continuous process of transformation. In this tradition, every human being is considered divine in its essence and dance provides the ability to access the spiritual potential of the body. In addition to the Indian culture, Yoga Dance i salso inspired by many traditions as Tantra, Vedanta, shamanism, cultural dances and spontaneous movement. So in that way Yoga Dance unite all the ancestral wisdom to contemporary experience.
So it is in that way that Yoga and Dance became United by one practice giving birth to Yoga Dance. Yoga brings awareness to the dance and also the consciousness of Union of myself and the myself related with the whole. Dance offers freedom to Yoga. When we dance with that awareness, we move from moment to moment with presence, the dance becomes a dynamic form of Yoga, as a moving meditation that heals us, makes us free and open space for all the creative energy that wants to move through of us.