We all know that Yoga helps in attaining fitness and cure various ailments. Yoga is also known to assist sportspersons for injury prevention and assist them in mental preparations. Regular practice of Yoga brings about stability, poise in body, mind and spirit.
This is particularly useful for professional dancers to bring a new spark and take their performance to greater heights. Regular practice of Yoga can enhance their career longevity and personality. More often, dancers are plagued by hip impingement, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, incessant pain, ankle sprains and other injuries. These injuries are caused due to lack of preparedness, severe workload and improper training.
Practice of Yoga helps dancers to become better and stronger dancers. Allows better precision and weight distribution Slow pace of Yoga allows for better precision and equal distribution of weight to all four corners of your feet. It helps you build a better poise, strong foundation and to stack the joints for greater stability and power.
Every movement of the dancer becomes conscious and deliberate by regular practice of Yoga. Helps in achieving flexibility, resilience and balance Dancers who intend to have a long career need to practice Yoga as it helps to achieve flexibility, resilience and balance – which is vital for any form of dance. Linking breath to movement. One of the most amazing benefits of Yoga is it helps the dancer in achieving breath control – a vital trait for any dancer.
Yoga classes begin with tuning into the breath, focusing on lengthening the inhale and exhale, and working from there to maintain a slow, breath during any Yoga session. Higher Energy levels Practice of Yoga by a dancer helps to link breath and movement, which in turn helps harness the energy breath gives. This gain of energy and stamina is vital for any dancer as the stamina is needed to perform for long hours.
Reduces risks of dance related injuries and overuse injuries Regular practice of Yoga helps in attaining flexibility of the body, avoiding stiffness and strengthening the muscles. The active and passive stretching in Yoga helps in keeping you injury free ! Combat Nervousness and handle pressure Practice of Yoga and meditation helps to build mental toughness and combat nervousness; performance anxiety and other mental disorders and excel on stage.
Some of the asanas to be practiced by dancers are:
- Adho Mukha Svanasana
- Setu Bandhasana
- Buddha Konasana
- Utthita Trikonasana
- Prasarita Padottanasana