Yoga – the root of all art forms

Music and art are expressions of human emotions. Great artists and musicians are not bound by time and space. Van Gogh and Mozart continue to inspire and arouse generations to come. There was a time when the Indian culture gave a lot of emphasis to art as well.

Yoga is like music, the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and harmony of the soul which creates the symphony of life. It was through the melodious artistic presentation of asanas (yoga postures) that won the hearts of masses all over the world and got people interested in the art of yoga.  Music and art are expressions of human emotions. Great artists and musicians are not bound by time and space. However not many are aware that yoga was considered as the base of the six forms of basic art. They were:

Mallika and Krida (wrestling, sports and games)
Natya (drama and performing arts)
Sangitaika (vocal as well as instrumental music)
Dhanushya (archery and military training)
Vyavaharika (all professions)

By pursuing the art of yoga, one could improve and perform better in other arts as well. Sports require physical strength, an alert and sharp mind, coordination and swiftness in action. The practice of asanas develops that strength and swiftness. These differ from the other forms of ˜exercises as it involves the mind to a great extent. To start with the asanas are done by and for the body. As one progresses, one realizes the rose of the mind in performing the different asanas. It is through the mind that one can go beyond the frontiers or limitations of the physical body. The body, mind and emotions form a triumvirate of human existence.

The focus, concentration and discipline that archery and military training brings about that been written about in this column a few weeks back. No art can exist without emotions. Be it music, dance or other performing arts. Technical training and practice helps develop skills. These skills can help artists perform better in their chosen disciplines but the excellence in any discipline comes with the involvement of emotions.

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