yoga. does a body good.
Hey ivivva girls! We were super lucky to recently chat with pro dancer and yogi, Alex Mazerolle from girlvana.
Alex gave us a bunch of great tips about yoga for dancing divas and how you can improve your style with a few stretches.
Alex has highlighted a specific yoga pose that is perfect for each of the genres below. Now girls, it’s up to you…stretch it out and sharpen those moves!
In ballet, you are working your turn-out muscles which can cause your external hip rotators to get really tight. Pigeon Pose (EKA PADA RAJA KAPOTASANA) is a great way to release tight hips.
It is important to have open hamstrings for jazz to improve your extensions, kicks and grand jetes. Forward Folds, such as UTANASANA, are important to lengthen the backs of the legs.
Hip Hop dancers are constantly using their legs to get low and grounded, and this can create tight I.T bands (the band of muscle from the top of the hip that inserts into the knee). Seated Spinal Twist, or ARDHA MATSEYENDRASANA, can help stretch the outer thigh as well as release tension in the lower back from all the hunching that hip hop requires.
Since tappers are always pounding away on a hard floor in tap shoes, the shins tend to get sore. VIPARTITA KARANI or ‘Legs Up the Wall’ pose can be very powerful in relieving shin pain or shin splints.
Modern dance requires a tremendous amount of core strength, including the abdominals and the lower back. VIRABHADRASANA 3, or Warrior 3, is a wonderful way to tone the abs and strengthen the lower back.