Beginner-Advanced Yoga, Learn Dancer Pose For MindBodyGreen
Dancer pose (Natrajasana) has always been one of my favorite yoga poses representing grace incarnate. Dancer is aesthetically beautiful to the eye and amazing in how it demands both strength and flexibility in every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit. Additionally, a complex standing one-legged balance and back bend combined, dancer serves to both ground one’s being as well as to uplift it. When I first mastered dancer pose, I felt the perfect balance in my state-of-being, which in yoga, is called sattva. Sattva is the quality of existing in harmony with yourself and the world around you, when the body, mind and spirit achieve a sense of homeostasis, neither striving, nor being over-stimulated, too ambitious, inert, lackadaisical, and distracted.
There are many different stages of dancer pose for the beginner to the advanced yoga student. Practice safely and watch yourself evolve! What seems to be impossible in yoga can often prove to be possible through a devoted and consistent practice and with the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher. I hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to ask many questions.
This was originally posted for Mindbodygreen.com
Benefits of Dancer Pose
- Tones the muscles of your legs and strengthens the ankle, knee and hip joints
- Stretches your hip flexors
- Engages and tones your calves, hamstrings and gluteus muscles
- Opens your shoulders, chest, biceps and triceps
- Lengthens your quads
- Enables you to back bend bringing movement and mobility to your spine
- Focuses your mind enhancing your ability to concentrate
- Stabilizes your breath and as the intercostal and abdominal muscles begin to extend, increases your breath capacity
- Grounds you psychologically and emotionally
- Develops heat in your body
- Uplifts your spirits