A few years ago, I used to offer Yoga classes in the living room of my home in northern NY. It was a perfect space. A fireplace, beautiful hardwood floor, lots of natural light and empty of any permanent furniture. There was usually about 10 of us. Especially great for me on a winter morning when it was -20 degrees, two feet of snow on the ground and all I had to do was light the fire and people would roll in, and roll out their mats.
I also had my massage practice in my home, which I loved. So in between yoga and clients I was able to do get some things done like laundry, business stuff, house stuff, and dance.
Yes dance. I would turn up the music in my empty living room and when the right song, you know the one, came on, I would channel my inner “Dancing with The Stars”. It felt so great to feel the music, move my body freely, get my heart rate up, sweat a little, it made me so happy.
Then one day…(lol) mid “best move ever”, I turned to see my mail man standing on my porch trying not to look in my window, ( don’t worry I knew him – no need to call the authorities). He was tapping his foot, nodding his head and smiling. We made eye contact and both began to laugh. We shared a moment of Joy, connection and humanness. He gave me two big happy Peace signs and went on with his day and I went back to dancing.
The moral of the story? I hope YOU Dance.
Whether you choose to dance with your family, with friends, on the beach, with a partner, in the car, foxtrot, hip hop, salsa or freestyle alone in your living room, the health benefits are clear. And here are just a few.
reduced stress, depression & anxiety - Dancing is exercise, and exercise releases endorphins that are your body’s “feel good” hormone. Dance elevates our mood by raising our endorphin levels. This is what allows us to heal stress and depression – two of our immune system’s biggest enemies! It improves the harmony between our mind and body, giving us a sense of well-being.
improved condition of your heart and lungs
increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
improved muscle tone and strength
better coordination, agility and flexibility
improved balance and spatial awareness
increased physical confidence
improved mental functioning
increased aerobic fitness
Where is your favorite place to dance, favorite songs?
How does the saying go? Dance like no one is watching.
And I say, even if they are, keep on dancing or invite them in.
Be Well & Shine On