Spiritual enlightenment and transformation of the entire human self, one’s body, mind and soul are the true virtues of Natya Yoga. Elements of natty Yoga are found in the contemporary Bharatnatyam and also to some extent in the Odissi, which are referred as the most ancient forms of classical Indian dance.
Recently as an initiative by Eros Hotel Spa, Healthy Self, a Natya Yoga Workshop was conducted by none other than a very well known Nayta Yoga and Bharatnatyam expert Dimple Kaur. Dimple is a very learned dancer with many degrees accolading her work and also she is associated with lot of causes. With qualifications in psychology (PhD., MSc.), Trainer in Clinical Hypnotherapy (CHt, USA) along with training in Indian classical dance, public communication and English literature (MA), she is also the Founder Director – Imatter Institute of Behavioral Sciences & Director – Sumangali Institute of Valuable Arts.
Pioneered first of its kind approach using Dance Movement therapy (DMT) for children with multiple disabilities, and she has been working with large number of colleges, schools (residential & day schooling) in training teachers in areas of Indian Classical Dance, Dance Movement Therapy, responsible child care and parenting.
In her own words “Dance has been my passion, my prayer, my happiness, my sadness and hence encompasses every aspect of my life. The “eternal bride” – wedded to the divine, through dance; is what I feel. I have always loved the “bhakti” aspect of dance, I see my lord as always dancing and blessing me with “Anand” & “Rasa”. My soul is always dressed in the costume, bedecked with jewellery, with alta feet and always moving with the sound of Ghungroos.
As I kept flowing with the river of life – growing up, getting educated in dance (Prabhakar), Psychology & literature, I gradually became aware of miraculous dance of life within, which is Omnipresent & is always there with me.
In my extensive research & work in areas of psychotherapy, counseling & education, I have been able to successfully use the power of Indian classical dance as a tool of self expression, motivation & positive energy.”
The workshop was specially organised for the members of Healthy Self and must say it was a wonderful experience. Dimple engaged and interacted with the audience and made them learn the basic steps of Bharatnatyam. She made it so simple and fun for everyone that even those who had two left feet, could really dance. The setting and ambience was perfect and serene and everyone was just flowing with the time.
But still the highlight of the evening was Dimple’s own performance especially curated for Shivratri and dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was a treat watching her perform and it truly felt as if being transferred in other world. Here is a glimpse from her performance
Truly a great effort by Eros Hotel, Healthy Self and Dimple Kaur to come up with this initiative and help others in unwinding and transforming their mind, body and soul through Natya Yoga.