Session 3- More Conditioning Exercises

Hope you have practiced your eye and neck exercises and the jumps taught in the previous session and got yourself some comfortable clothes…

Lets get to do some serious warm up now…

Warming up or stretching becomes more so essential when the climate is colder. India being hot and humid, typical of the Tropics , warming up may not be given the importance that it actually needs. But these warm up sessions are definitely essential if you don’t want to end up with cramps. A few of these warm up can be done before recitals too to get off that rigid look and feeling that occurs at the beginning of a recital.

Stretching Exercises

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1. Sit on your haunches (in full mandi) and bounce for a count of 20+ (Ref Fig. 1)

2. Sit in Full mandi (Ref Fig. 1),bounce and rise and stretch in araimandi in anjitam(root your heel an put your toes up) for a count of 20+ (Ref Fig. 2)

3. Sit with soles of the feet touching each other (Ref Fig. 3),pull in your feet as close to the thighs as possible. On a count of five bend and touch your toes with your head. (Ref Fig. 4). Repeat this 3- 5 times.
4. Sit with one knee folded under you. Stretch the other feet back in a straight line. Start with hands beside you in the normal position. (Ref Fig. 5) Then do each of the following on a count of 5

  1. Stretch the hands ahead on the floor and follow with torso with the head close to the ground (like namaskar) (Ref. Fig. 6)
  2. Come back to your original postion with hands beside you in the normal position and torso straight (As in Fig.5)
  3. Lift arms and bend backwards like a bow and remain (like the position in Surya namaskar)(Ref. Fig 7)
  4. Come back to your original postion with hands beside you in the normal position and torso straight (As in Fig.5)

Repeat 5 this twice. Then repeat the whole exercise with the other knee tucked down.

Did you feel the stretch ? way to go…

Now let’s get to know a little more about the Art Form you are about to learn.

How did Bharathanatyam get its name?

Bharathanatyam is a pure classical dance form that originated in Tamilnadu in Southern India. The term Bharathnatyam is believed to have its origin from Natya Sashtra. One opinion is that the dance form is named after its inventor Bharata. Another school of thought claims that Bharatha Natyam (Dance) is an acronym of

  • Bhavam- Expression/ feel
  • Ragam- Music/ Melody
  • Thalam- beat/ Rhythm

This signifies that the art form combines aspects of melody, rhythm and dramatics.

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