Viewers learned various yogic practices for dancers and musicians on the concluding day of the online session ‘Yoga for Artist’ (A Classical Approach) by yoga professional, Ms Divya Sharma. The session was organised by Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) on Zoom and broadcasted live on their Facebook page. It focused on various yoga asanas, pranayama, benefits of yoga poses, and points to remember when performing certain poses. The session began with ‘Shanti Path’ prayer performed by the instructor and the participants.
Talking about the importance of yoga for musicians, Ms Sharma said that musicians can perform yoga asanas for the vocal cords, strong and elastic lungs as well as practising breathing techniques. She said that musicians can perform ‘Bhujangasana’ (Cobra Pose) allowing the lower part of the body from the toes up to the navel to touch the ground and place the palms on the ground and raising the head like a cobra. This pose helps increase lung capacity, influence vocal cords and strengthens the spine. Similarly, ‘Brahma Mudra’ (turning head in all four directions) can be performed for suppleness to neck and shoulder region, better blood circulation to skull region and reducing stress. She also introduced ‘Simha Mudra’ (Lion Pose) ‘Jivhabandh’ (Tongue Lock) and breathing techniques like ‘Anuloma Viloma Pranayama’ (Alternate Nostril Breathing) and Bhramari (Humming Sound) for musicians.
Following this, she introduced yoga practices for dancers and said that dancers can practise yoga to attain flexibility for different moves, strength and stamina, body and mind coordination and relaxation. ‘Surya Namaskar’ performed in 12 different steps helps build stamina, strength, flexibility as well as balancing the prana. Other poses like ‘Natrajasana’ (Lord Shiva Pose), ‘Dhanurasana’ (Bow Pose) and ‘Shavasana’ (Corpse Pose) offer benefits like increasing flexibility, strength, reducing stress, and keeping the mind calm and alert.