Dancers Pose aka Lord of the Dance Pose - Standing Balance Pose/Back BendNot-ah-raj-AHS-uh-nuh
Nata (नट) = Dancer, Actor, Mime
Raja (राज)= King
Asana (आसन, Āsana) = Pose, Posture, Seat
(devanagari script- wikipedia.org)
This posture simultaneously evokes grounding and expansion as it combines standing balance with a back-bend.
The pose was given its name Nataraja as one of the Hindu God Shiva’s incarnations as the lord of the dance. This incredible shape presents itself in classical Indian Dance and is depicted in many statues and artistic renderings. The posture is not found in earlier yogic texts, but makes its way into the yoga set of movements during the times of Krishnamacharya in the 20th century. Krishnamachaya’s brother-in-law and one of his earliest students B.K.S. Iyengar features this posture in his text “Light on Yoga” (p420-422). Iyengar states,”This difficult balancing asana develops poise and a graceful carriage as it tones and strengthens the leg muscles. The shoulder-blades get full movement and the chest expands fully. All vertebral joints benefit from the exercise of this pose.”
There are many variations of dancers that range from easier preparations to incredible contortions. Variations will be shown in photos. The breakdown listed will be for the more intermediate dancers variation as seen in the photo above.
How to do natarajasana pose - basic version
Iyengar, B.K.S. (1966) Light on Yoga, Yoga Dipiki. (3rd Edition) NY, United States of America. Schocken Books Inc.
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