A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance: The Yogini's Mirror

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The yoga and classical dance traditions of India have been inextricably entwined for millennia.  The exacting hand gestures, postures and movements of Indian classical dance can only be achieved through yogic concentration.  Conversely, the esthetics, symmetry, and dynamism of dance enhance the practice of yoga.  These two traditions, so complementary and essential to one another, are united and explicated for the first time in A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance.
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Overview

The yoga and classical dance traditions of India have been inextricably entwined for millennia.  The exacting hand gestures, postures and movements of Indian classical dance can only be achieved through yogic concentration.  Conversely, the esthetics, symmetry, and dynamism of dance enhance the practice of yoga.  These two traditions, so complementary and essential to one another, are united and explicated for the first time in A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance.
Twenty-five years ago Roxanne Kamayani Gupta embarked on a journey of dance and yoga, yearning to unlock their mysteries and discover their common origins.  As a twenty-year-old student from America she was miraculously and mysteriously absorbed into Indian culture, became a Hindu, and began an odyssey so unusual and unique that the reader will be enchanted by its telling. Choosing the path of the dancer, Roxanne Gupta accomplished what no Western woman had done before: being accepted and trained by Indian masters and then performing in the Indian classical traditions—from the palaces of maharajas to the arts festivals of Europe and America—while at the same time achieving a doctorate in the anthropology of religion and being initiated into a number of yogic traditions.  Having mastered the classical form of Kuchipudi dance and studied with teachers of the hatha and kriya yoga traditions, she brings together these two great streams of consciousness and practice.

In this tantric approach to yoga and dance, expressed through the body and through a yoga of emotions, we see the traditions embodied in  a manner that embraces the totality of the human experience.  The result is the dance of the yogini, the sacred feminine initiatress who dances with one foot in nature and the other in the realm of the gods.  With extensive photographs of innovative yoga routines, Roxanne Kamayani Gupta distills her experience into techniques for yogic study certain to assist students of all levels to achieve a dynamic, beautiful, and graceful practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Spirit of Change
"An exquisitely presented, magnificently related story. Gupta evinces a fascinating appreciation of the many great dancers with whom she trained in the practice, drama, and philosophy of Indian classical dance. Glorious, original and inspirational book."
Dance Magazine
"A very interesting read."
Nov/Dec 2000 Spirit of Change
"An exquisitely presented, magnificently related story. Gupta evinces a fascinating appreciation of the many great dancers with whom she trained in the practice, drama, and philosophy of Indian classical dance. Glorious, original and inspirational book."
spiritualityhealth.com
"Fascinating work. One of the outcomes of her creative tantric synthesis of dance and yoga is a series of 64 innovative yoga exercises that are photgraphed and presented in detail in this book."
From the Publisher
"A captivating personal narrative. This unique story is a blend of autobiography, philosophical reflection, and firsthand insight. [Gupta's] explanations of Indian dramatic theory and discussions of yoga and dance in historical and religions terms are clear-cut and informative."

"A very interesting read."

"An exquisitely presented, magnificently related story. Gupta evinces a fascinating appreciation of the many great dancers with whom she trained in the practice, drama, and philosophy of Indian classical dance. Glorious, original and inspirational book."

"Fascinating work. One of the outcomes of her creative tantric synthesis of dance and yoga is a series of 64 innovative yoga exercises that are photgraphed and presented in detail in this book."

Library Journal
Yoga teaches us that everything placed before the mind is a mirror. American-born Gupta (who holds a doctorate combining aspects of cultural anthropology with Indian religious history) has written a captivating personal narrative of her journey to India and the arduous training to become a performer in the Kuchipudi style of Indian classical dance. This unique story is a blend of autobiography, philosophical reflection, and firsthand insight into Indian culture and the performing arts. Also a yoga teacher, Gupta has included a chapter presenting 64 illustrated postures, creatively synthesizing the dual disciplines of traditional hatha yoga and sacred dance. Her explanations of Indian dramatic theory and discussions of yoga and dance in historical and religious terms are clear-cut and informative. The text is amply supplemented with photographs of Gupta performing in authentic dress. Highly recommended for larger public libraries and for academic libraries, especially those building collections in the performing arts, religion, or Eastern culture.--Deborah Anne Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Dunwoody Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892817658
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,245,379
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roxanne Kamayani Gupta is a scholar of Indian culture and comparative religion, a teacher of hatha and kriya yoga, and an initiate of the Sri Vidya tantric tradition of goddess worship. She holds a doctorate in Anthropology of Religion from Syracuse University and is currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction 

1. Discipline and Desire
2. Dance of the Gurus
3. Stillness at the Center
4. The Dance of Yoga
5. Yoga of the Emotions
6. The Dance of the Yogini
7. Yoga of the Elements

Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    This book sings.....

    A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance § The Yogini's Mirror By Roxanne Kamayani Gupta, Ph.D. This book is a major work, documenting exquisitely a Western view of the Hindu traditions of Yoga and Classical Dance and their amazing and visceral connections. Rarely has the blend of beauty, knowledge and insight been so unified to teach and inspire. The pictures and the text in the final chapter, The Yoga of the Elements are worth the price of admission alone. The Library Journal, in its splendid review of this work, suggested that it belongs in every college campus library under many and various headings. I couldn't agree more. The book sings with the energy and the authenticity of the author's passion for knowledge and her practice and experience of it. My hat is off! Bravo. Ed Gans, Gh.a

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