Natarajasana, also known as Dancer Pose, is a beautiful and powerful asana that requires both back bending and balancing. It can elicit fear because of the openness and bravery it requires, but it also provides an opportunity to let go of fear and embrace freedom. Shiva, the king dancer, also known as Nataraja, teaches us that everything born must also die, and that destruction clears the path for rebirth. By riding the wave of change and paying attention to the rhythm of the dance, we can liberate ourselves from suffering.
To prepare for Dancer Pose, start with Child Pose and move through some gentle stretches such as Kneeling Cat/Cow, Marjaiasana/Bitilasana, big knee circles, Bird Dog, and quadriceps stretches at the wall. Then, move into Classic Sun Salutations, starting with the right leg and then the left, and progress to Ladder Flow from Modified Classical Sun Salutation.
To deepen your Dancer Pose, use straps and practice Bow Pose/Dhanurasana, which demands flexibility and a limber spine. But flexibility must be balanced with strength, and tension and relaxation are necessary forces that cannot be separated from each other. The goal of yoga is to unite the opposites that are part of human nature, and to strike a perfect balance of being fearless, taking responsibility for our life, not giving in to difficulties, and staying detached from the results of our actions.
Incorporate the mantra “Om Namo Shivaya” into your practice as a reminder to bow to the inner Self and identify with the real you, your spirit and soul. Remember that things come and go, nothing is permanent in this world, and wherever your mind goes, just enjoy it. You can heal yourself and use the powerful part of your mind to get out of any problem. Learn to ride the wave of change and be brave!
Don’t give room to temporary depressions. Things come and go. Nothing is permanent in this world. Even our bodies come and go. Identify with that real you; the real I, your spirit and soul. Wherever your mind goes, just enjoy it. You can heal yourself. There is a beautiful part of the mind, a powerful part of the mind, that can always get you out of any problem. Use that part brilliant part, the bright part. Don’t succumb to the other side of the mind, learn to ride the wave of change. Be brave!