Body Is The Temple
Odissi Indian Classical Dance works not only with the body but with the entire being. It is like learning to walk again. The struggle itself is a blessing. To challenge oneself and grow beyond self-imposed limits is the empowering nature of dance as sadhana.
The essence of what we all seek is divine love and freedom from pain and suffering, God-consciousness and union with our Eternal Self. Devotional dance supplies one with the Self-Awareness and vitality they need to navigate the battle between light and illusion, the flesh and the spirit. This refined and ancient art form awakens us all to the wealth of feeling and wisdom within, igniting a mighty surge of passion that fuels the Spirit to take action on those higher aspirations, goals and dreams that are often ignored.
The words Awakening, Awareness and Mastery provide a clue to this experience if you consider their opposites. Somewhere in human history, we were taught to deny our ability to know what is happening within and around us. Dance gives us an opportunity to reunite ourselves in understanding. It offers a mode of expression through which we are able to Know Thy Self.
Odissi nurtures the Divine Feminine in all her many aspects and forms so as to experience harmony, healing and unity with the Divine Masculine. This spiritual communion with the divine masculine and feminine within creates a balanced, happy and confident self with multi-dimensional capacity for expressing and channelling all physical, mental, emotional and sensual aspects of the limited self toward The Divine, the unlimited Self and God.
Yoga and classical dance traditions of India have been entwined for millennia. The hand gestures, postures, and movements of Indian classical dance can only be achieved though yogic concentration. Conversely the aesthetics, symmetry and dynamism of dance enhances the practice of yoga. These two traditions are so complementary and essential to one another.
SOHUM Retreat Centre of Rejuvenation Therapies and Healing Arts offers innovative yoga classes, routines and dance practices that unite the traditions of Indian Classical Dance with Yoga. Yoga and devotional dance programs are on-going for anyone who finds themselves here, now and curious to try.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL BENEFITS
Increased love, care, devotion, commitment, ability to express one’s deepest sentiments and feelings, alertness, strength, flexibility, breath depth, body-mind awareness, balance of left / right halves of body, masculine and feminine, coordination, happiness, joy from learning dance as a new language, improved posture, muscle tone and memory, alleviation of muscle aches and pains, improved circulation, respect to the body as a sacred space and home to the divine self / soul, connection to the divine and Sacred Feminine energy, compassionate love for humanity and all creation.
Previous experience in dance is not necessary in order to partake. All Men, Women and Children are unconditionally accepted and welcome to experience and enjoy Odissi as an expression of their vitality, health, strength and beauty, their love, devotion and joy for living.
Fall Session 2020
Six Weeks on Thursdays 10:30-11:30AM
Intro to Odissi Session: $108
-mother earth prayer dance / ritual
-dynamic yoga warm-up exercises
-mudras, pranayama, and yogini asanas
-10 masculine steps
-10 feminine steps
Minimum number of registrants to run the session: 4
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Distilling my extensive yoga training, western dance background, and Indian classical dance experience into techniques for yogic study is certain to assist Odissi dance students in achieving a dynamic, beautiful and graceful practice that is both transformative and deeply satisfying to the Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul.
Through sincere dedication and a love for Odissi dance as a spiritual practice, I have witnessed The Sacred Feminine, sensuality, feelings of love, compassion and joy be revived within dancer’s hearts with such intensity that their previous consciousness would not have thought it possible.
Thank-you to all the classical Indian dancers, teachers and gurus of these ancient dance traditions, thank-you to all that came before me! Thank-you for your inspiration, knowledge, hard work, dedication, discipline, wisdom, love and devotion to your art. Thank-you for showing a way to the embodiment of Art as Sadhana.