Dance and yoga are two different aspects but have been very well synchronised in this art form. The ideology behind this form makes dance as the most beautiful form of movement expressing the innermost thoughts while showcasing a therapeutic relationship between the two.
By Vaishali Dar
The first sight and sound in the room, as we enter, is a mesmerising rendition of yogasanas accompanied with chanting of ragas, stotrams and thumping of feet. It’s a visual treat to the eyes and melodious, cheering music to the senses, one that you cannot miss. “Dance is not just a medium to express, as it has immense power to alter the mood. This alteration is explained on the basis of chakra system in our body. For eg., mooladhara chakra energises the base of our body that includes hips, legs, knees, feet and is affected by raga shyam kalyan,” explains the Delhi-based curator of Euphonic yoga, Shruti Chaturlal Sharma, “It’s a unique fusion of yoga, music and dance techniques that can help achieve the higher magnitude of an individual,” she says.
The brainchild of Sharma and yoga choreographer Suman Kanawat Singh, Euphonic yoga was conceptualised in November 2016, combining dance and music. Dance and yoga are two different aspects but have been very well synchronised in this art form. The ideology behind this form makes dance as the most beautiful form of movement expressing the innermost thoughts while showcasing a therapeutic
relationship between the two.
So, how did it all start? When Sharma decided not to follow the footsteps of her grandfather, a renowned tabla player, Pandit Chaturlal, and explore dance instead. She discovered many similarities between yoga and dance, and explored varied methods, practices, and gestures towards wellness. “I decided to inculcate Indian classical dance forms in yoga, making it more interesting and easily knowable to the viewers whereas music worked as a catalyst,” she explains. Music is science which directly affects mind and body, hence uses specific ragas for specific chakras. “We have designed various modules which include music based on ragas and yogasanas merged with Indian classical dance and its technicalities that include stress relieving exercises, learning and development techniques and deep meditation,” says Sharma, who regularly organises workshops and session for corporates.
Euphonic yoga is popular among office goers due to increasing knowledge about emotional intelligence. The corporate heads are searching for unconventional solutions to increase the efficiency of their employees, be it government or MNCs.
Dance in itself is a complete exercise of the body muscles and similar to the yogic kriyas stimulating the nervous and muscular system. For example, the tatkaar which is the footwork of Kathak, the dance sound produced from stomping, stimulates the nerves. Similarly, the taal system or the clapping of the palms, counting the beats by touching of the fingers repeatedly activates the sensations and the pressing of the finger tips activates different pressure points in the body and balances the five elements that the fingers represent. Interestingly, the hand gestures, facial movements such as eye and neck movement are almost the same as yogic kriyas with innumerable benefits.
A customised Euphonic yoga session works as a stress buster, admits Sharma, “It improves mind and body coordination, thus increasing efficiency and productivity, improves alertness, interpersonal skills and multi-tasking, reduces stress, anxiety and instills positivity and stimulates memory. It even helps in voice modulation, team building and emotional intelligence.”
Sharma feels that yoga is becoming incredibly popular due to its ability to impact people directly. “With advance studies in this field, it is being adopted not only by individuals but also by various corporates in a big way,” she says.