Benefits Of Yoga Poses For Dancers

Whether it be Break-dance, Ballet, Burlesque, Belly Dance, Tribal, or Hawaiian, every dancer relies on flexibility, confidence, and balancing or centering of the body. Yoga is beneficial to all dancers.

For these reasons and many others such as strength, posture improvement, improved circulation, and purifying the body from toxins. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga or Power Yoga as it is referred to in the West is a form of Hatha Yoga.

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It focuses on linking the postures with the breathing exercises into a flowing Yoga practice. Because of these unique capabilities of Ashtanga Yoga, it warms up the body before deep stretching to stretch more safely. Also stamina is created; this is beneficial to the dancer's body for overall performance endurance.

In Ashtanga Yoga, the first half of the practice is a warm up (Sun Salutations) and standing asanas. The second half of the practice is a seated asana series and finishing sequence. The Sun Salutations are dynamic, getting the blood flowing, the heart rate up and using breath work to bring fresh oxygen to the blood improving circulation. The standing asanas are very beneficial for the dancer's body. They stress on balance, focus, strength, confidence, and equalizing/balancing both sides of the body. The seated asana sequence comprises many stretches for the hamstrings, hip openers, and core strengtheners. The seated asana series postures are very therapeutic for the dancer working out any remaining stress, tension, and toxins from the body.

One of the most precious gifts Yoga offers is the mind/body experience. It brings clarity and peace to the mind. At may dance classes, Yoga and Dance come together complementing each other bringing Eastern spirituality and movement to the west.

Benefits of Yoga for Dancers:

  • Balance
  • Clarity of the Mind
  • Confidence
  • Flexibility
  • Improved Circulation
  • Improved Hip Mobility/Flexibility
  • Improved Lung Capacity
  • Posture Improvement
  • Purification of the Body
  • Stamina
  • Strength/Muscle Toning
  • Stress Relief

Suggested Yoga poses for Dancers:

  • Baddha Konasana (Bound angle posture): This asana opens up your groins, opens up your hips, and stretches your spine. Overall it is great for dancers, particularly for body undulations/wave-ups thru the spine, hip figure eights of all kinds and isolations.
  • Padangusthasana (Foot and Big Toe Posture & Hand to Foot Posture): This asana purifies toxins that collect in your intestines and abdomen.

    This asana stretches the hamstrings and calves and is fantastic for all traveling steps such as camels and walking hip shimmy plus for footwork.
  • Vrikshasana (Tree pose): This asana stretches the front of your chest and hips. It strengthens your quadriceps and spine, balances and tones up your spine. It also tones up your legs and feet. The Tree pose is also an excellent hip opener that works you out for snake-like arm movements, arm stamina and spinal ripples and undulations.
  • Utthita Trikonasana (Extended three angle posture): This asana stretches the front and back of your legs. It strengthens your quadriceps. It also opens up your hips, chest, and elongates your spine. It realigns your skeletal system. Hip shimmies of all kinds can be achieved & improved with this asana.
  • Prasarita Padottanasana (Spread leg/foot stretching postures): This asana stretches your low back, calves, and chest. It also strengthens your quadriceps and hip flexors. The benefits are that your hamstring and abductor muscles are stretched while your head is below the heart.

This series of postures also enhance hip flexibility and tone up your abdominal muscles. They also correct spinal abnormalities.

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