The alliance of yoga and dance is not new and has origins back in yoga philosophy linking back to the Cosmic Dance of Shiva, who was considered to be the first teacher of both yoga and dance.
Yoga is all about balance and union and creates awareness of the breath, practicing physical postures which bring about harmony between the mind and body.
Dance is a way for us to express ourselves as well as invigorate and energise our bodies. It can help to release unprocessed emotions as well as increase our fluidity, deeper breathing, stamina and joy in life.
Children benefit greatly from both elements as they require practice, discipline and focus and these learnt skills can help them in other areas of their life. Those who practice regularly become comfortable within their bodies, which can boost self esteem as well as their communication and interaction with others.
The physical aspect goes without saying – those children who regularly practice should see improvement in their overall physical health in areas such as flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination as well as overall cardiovascular health.
And finally, in a world that is faced with an ever increasing digital revolution, children need more help that ever to reconnect to their bodies and have the confidence to believe in themselves. The combination of structured yoga poses with fluid movement provides a fun, non-intimidating way for children to experience the benefits of yoga while at the same time encouraging their own unique creative expression, which as we all know is the path leading to happiness…
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.