Nritya Yoga

| 4/13/2018 10:09:00 AM

Yoga and Indian Classical Dance are inseparable. Nritya Yoga is a combination of dance and yoga, both of which have common roots that go back thousands of years.

What is the importance of Nritya Yoga?

Yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise worldwide. By combining yoga with the mudras and hitting toes and heels on the ground the benefits of acupressure will be received as well. Concentration is really important while you dance to music. Therefore, Nritya Yoga gives the benefits of meditation, as well.

What are the components of Nritya Yoga?

Nritya Yoga constitutes Hasta Mudras (hand gestures), Shiro Bhedas (head movements), Drishti Bhedas (eye movements), Greeva Bhedas (neck movements), and Adavus (basic steps with feet)
Nritya Yoga starts with prayers to Lord Shiva, who is said to be the king of dance. The dancing form of Lord Shiva is known as Nataraja, and this offering to Lord Shiva is called as Dhyana Shloka which says:

“Whose bodily movement is the entire Universe
Whose speech is the language (of the Universe)
Whose ornaments are the moon and the stars
Him, we version the pure (serene) Lord Shiva!”

nritya yoga standing pose
Photo by Arya Krishna


Mudras start electromagnetic currents within the body which balance various constituting elements and restore health. Mudras have been classified in to Asamyukta Hastas (done using single hand) and Samyukta Hastas (done using both hands).