“Yoga” means “union”. There are many “kinds” of yoga – and many methods, teachings, and techniques to create, achieve, or strengthen “union” – of body and mind and of self and Self (The Divine/Universe) or partner/family/community/relationship, and/or anything “greater” than (one’s own perception/expression/experience of) self. Yoga is often about being “mindful” about ourselves and others even when most “mindless” – seeking “selfless” self-fulfillment.
Yoga is a “practice” – of conscious breathing, focus/concentration, and intention/awareness – that can and often does help develop increased physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength, speed, stamina, suppleness (fluid flexibility), symmetry, and (many kinds of) balance.
Some forms of yoga are “hot”; most are not – nor even physical at all, let alone choreographed contemplative contortion. Not all “yogis” are “posers” – holding, flowing, or “floating” through postural “asanas”. Some yogis are sexual “tantrists”; other yogis just laugh – at anything and everything, including anyone else’s concern about (or “obsession” with) “kundalini energy”.
Dance, too, could, and probably should, be considered a type of “yoga” – especially dancing with a partner (connecting with self, each other, music, and environment) – both finding and losing themselves in the music, dance, and relationship with each other, and whatever may be around.
Dance as yoga is not the same as “dance yoga” or “yoga dance”, but seeing and seeking “union” – in and through (any existing style of) dancing – be it social or solo, partner or performance.
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