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    At Udbhavam 2014, learn how meditation and Bharatanatyam complement each other

    You don’t often hear Bharatanatyam and meditation spoken of in the same breath. But that’s exactly what dancer Mala Bharath will be offering women in her upcoming workshop, Udbhavam 2014. The annual event will give the 100-odd participants a two-hour version of Athma Laya (her therapy technique that combines dance and meditation). “It has to be treated as an unwinding session rather than a dance class,” says Bharath.
    A professional dancer for nearly four decades, Bharath started Athma Laya in 1998 when she wanted to do something other than her nine to five corporate job. A chance meditation session by Infinitheism in ’98 got her thinking. “When you dance, you leave your troubles behind. So I combined it with meditation to make it really productive,” she says.

    Finding expression
    Athma Laya incorporates Bharatanatyam steps—on a specific topic picked on the spot—with a meditation session. This combination helps one think clearly, says Bharath. “It lowers your BP and gives you clarity. And for some, the dancing helps them express themselves in ways they would not have otherwise,” she says. It also benefits those with psychological problems. “The classes help people calm down, which helps them sleep better and handle their problems better. It is spiritual healing,” she says, adding that the dancing is simple enough that even non-dancers can pick up the moves easily.
    Tomorrow, from 5 pm – 7 pm , at Tattvaloka Hall, Teynampet. Details: 98849 53013

    -Janane Venkatraman

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