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Bharatnatyam Guru Kanak Sudhakar shares benefits of Dance Movement Therapy

Have you ever heard about the Dance Movement Therapy? Do you know why dancing makes you forget your worries?
Guru Kanak Sudhakar, a renowned Bharatnatyam Guru from Delhi who is PhD in Therapeutic advantages of Indian Classical Dance, recently answered these questions in a zoom meeting called by Women Mentor Forum, Jaipur, recently.

Kanak Sudhakar, who is PhD in Therapeutic advantages of Indian Classical Dance, shared a few details on this therapy.
She said that Dance Movement Therapy is being employed to heal anxiety, joint pain, obesity, and disorders like dyslexia. Dance is great platform to enhance and increase concentration levels and is even helping people fight Parkinson’s disease.

The dance guru further said that dancing can make you forget your worries and stress especially in present times (COVID-19) as it increases the level of dopamine hormone which is known for giving pleasure affecting our mood.
Dance, in fact, helps achieve the highest level in meditation, she said further adding that the way one taps their feet, is also a kind of acupressure therapy. It gives one great stamina.
This dance guru has pioneered in a form of exercise she calls as the Yogic aerobics.
Answering the participants’ queries in the meeting, she said, “Popularising the classical dance is the responsibility of parents. As in South and Bengal, every child must take up an art form.”

Bharatnatyam Guru Kanak Sudhakar shares benefits of Dance Movement Therapy

She further believed that dance can be taken up at any age.
Renowned dancer Meenakshi Lakhotia also addressed this meeting.

She said that everyone should take up dance as “It is an excellent exercise which improves flexibility, and is good for toning muscles. Dance is an excellent way to earn name, fame and hence can be a great career choice.”
Meenakshi further explained that our classical dances are based on our yogic gurus and have survived for centuries as they were based on scientific principles.

Meenakshi also shared tips to be a good dancer and said, “Your eyes should follow your hands when you dance. Also, you should keep your back straight, your hand and feet movements should be clear, your lip sync and eyes should be used to express the feelings.”

Briefly she took everyone through her journey of becoming a dancer which was quite interesting.

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