Combining various forms of traditional exercise with different forms of movement is common in the fitness industry. Yogance is one such by-product. It is an amalgamation of yoga and dance — a play between linear aligned exact movement, as in yoga, and free form total 360 degree movement, as in dance.
Combining all the traditional moves of yoga in a graceful, fluid dance format, this very strong, innovative, visually appealing, ever-changing and refreshing exercise form has many benefits.
What are its benefits?
Yogance is a mind-body-spirit workout on many levels. It focuses on correct alignment within the postures, and on fluid transitions which link breath to movement. Intelligent body work builds on strength, grace, flexibility, mobility, balance, and results in a lean, taut, well defined body. Additionally endurance, mindfulness, centring of oneself, artistry, determination, patience, will power, self-love, personal growth, and a new respect for oneself are among the many benefits. This methodology allows for the practitioner to find their own unique voice from within.
Who founded and developed Yogance?
The founder of Yogance is Cuchira, also known as Tamara Levinson - Campos.
Why should one choose Yogance over other forms of fitness?
It’s not that one should choose Yogance over other forms of exercise. If we look at the list of its benefits, it certainly is an excellent workout choice. What’s really relevant to consider is the principle of cross training, where one must change their exercise regime from time to time so that the body does not get immune to the workout, because if that happens, results are not seen.
Plus it works on the mind as well. A repetitious routine can get very monotonous and may demotivate the exerciser who needs to feel mentally and psychologically good and excited about his/her fitness routine. So, in an endeavour to cross train, Yogance could be a good choice.
Who can do Yogance?
Any and everyone! Although if one had some prior experience of yoga and /or of dance, that would naturally be helpful.
Is it difficult?
Yogance can be as easy or as difficult as you choose for it to be. Your instructor will demonstrate to you beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of working out. You must work within your comfort zone while still attempting to challenge yourself from time to time by taking things to the next level of difficulty, but only when you feel ready to do so.
Are there any contra-indications for those with certain health problems?
Yes. For instance, those with a cervical, lumbar or a knee problem would not do Yogance in the traditional way and modifications would have to be made for them. Speak to your trainer about it, and they will guide and train you accordingly.
The writer has trained, taught and certified in America as a fitness professional by American Council on Exercise and International Dance Exercise Association. She founded Body Art, the Fitness Centre in 1992. For more information, log onto www.bodyart.in)