A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance: The Yogini's Mirror by Roxanne Kamayani Gupta

By Roxanne Kamayani Gupta

The yoga and classical dance traditions of India were inextricably entwined for millennia. The exacting hand gestures, postures and hobbies of Indian classical dance can in basic terms be completed via yogic focus. Conversely, the esthetics, symmetry, and dynamism of dance improve the perform of yoga. those traditions, so complementary and necessary to each other, are united and explicated for the 1st time in A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance.
Twenty-five years in the past Roxanne Kamayani Gupta launched into a trip of dance and yoga, craving to release their mysteries and notice their universal origins. As a twenty-year-old scholar from the USA she was once miraculously and mysteriously absorbed into Indian tradition, turned a Hindu, and commenced an odyssey so strange and detailed that the reader might be enchanted by means of its telling. deciding upon the trail of the dancer, Roxanne Gupta complete what no Western lady had performed ahead of: being authorised and educated by way of Indian masters after which acting within the Indian classical traditions--from the palaces of maharajas to the humanities fairs of Europe and America--while while attaining a doctorate within the anthropology of faith and being initiated right into a variety of yogic traditions. Having mastered the classical type of Kuchipudi dance and studied with lecturers of the hatha and kriya yoga traditions, she brings jointly those nice streams of attention and perform.

In this tantric method of yoga and dance, expressed in the course of the physique and during a yoga of feelings, we see the traditions embodied in a way that embraces the totality of the human adventure. the result's the dance of the yogini, the sacred female initiatress who dances with one foot in nature and the opposite within the realm of the gods. With wide images of cutting edge yoga exercises, Roxanne Kamayani Gupta distills her adventure into concepts for yogic examine guaranteed to support scholars of all degrees to accomplish a dynamic, attractive, and swish practice.

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