Yoga Dance is a series of slow, continuous and graceful movements derived from Yoga postures. The movements, when learned and practiced, increase and transform one's life-force energy into greater inner power.
Yoga dance is designed to evoke the sacred temple within us - emphasizing balance and spiritualism in relation to the universal law of nature by transcend our limitations. It is a moving meditation through which students learn to become better rooted to the earth. By directing the life-force energy with the mind, students learn to effectively utilize internal energy, and to transform outside influences towards one's advantage.
NAJMA AYASHAH received her initial training and certification from the Bhartiya Kala Kendra in India and has since age of 18 toured the major cities of the world participating in dance and yoga workshops and seminars. Najma is also renown performer of the Jaipur tradition of Kathak.
Inspired by temple sculpture, Najma devised this low impact dance exercise and has been acknowledged as a healing and enlightening experience for all..."Najma is the embodiment and living proof of the universality of Indian dance-the totality of art and oneness with the world."
Wind & Spirit Magazine
"The effect is mesmerizing......" Dance Magazine
"comparable in grace and scope to Plisetkaya..." Dance Magazine
Najma was recently awarded for her work with learning disabled children by the Board of Education..."Najma is a master of communication and education...Her enthusiasm and graceful manner elicited a response that I found hard to believe. The transformation that Najma brought about in these extremely trouble children is all to her credit."
Martin P. Bischoff, Board of Education
By dancing the lives of gods and goddesses, we transform ourselves - as divinity becomes human and humanity becomes divine.
The class begins with a 30-minute session of low-impact Hatha Yoga, starting with breathing revitalizing the body, steadying the emotions and creating clarity of the mind and proceeding with the practice of various postures and counter stretches toning the back muscles and maintaining elasticity of the spin and improving posture and increasing vitality.
The second 30-minutes is devoted to adding expression to the body. The various gestures and movements are taken from a cross-cultural integration of music, poetry and dance. These dances are deigned to stimulate the energy centers within the individual body themselves; these are the chakras or lotuses. Each of them in the process of developing consciousness, unfolds like a flower, spirally from within. All disciplines which incorporate these movements are essential mandalic, centering and ordering, as the movement echoes the cosmic movement of which it is symbolic.
"OM" reflecting the sacred symbol of creativity through the physical body. Working in a rhythmic breath, the body expresses the cyclical curves within the symbol creating a state of euphoria from within.
"Tree Goddess Dance" Describes the mystical rite of fertilization, using the tree as a metaphor. The tree of life and the life cycle, a spherical vortex, a rounded entity which expands and contracts and returns on to its source.
"Maya - Dance of Illusion" Reflects mirror-back images of illusion. Our consciousness is divided into how we see and what is obscured by consciousness blocks. A completed sphere is our goal - a fully realized consciousness.
"Kundalini Rising" reflects the "serpent force" of the subtle body. Once flowing, this experience brings enlightenment and state of wholeness and timelessness. It is the infinity symbolized by the serpent.
"Kama Sutra" expresses various poses of sensuality derived from the temples of India and depicting the wide range of emotions of which movement is manifested.