A student of Bharata Natyam can derive a number of benefits by practicing yogasanas. This will take only a limited time and space.
Asana ensure good health and a sense of buoyancy or lightness of the body. The dancer therefore gains the capacity to perform for a longer time without any sign of tiredness or lethargy. The student practicing yogasanas learns to use his\her body, in a most effortless and graceful manner.
Pranayamas –breathing exercises-bestow better control over the body and mind. Thus ,they help the dancer gain control over the expressions of various emotions.
In short, the dancer achieves excellent co-ordination of the body and the mind; Yoga helps to a great extent to shape oneself into a top class performing artiste.
KUMARI SUJATHA SRIVASAN
Reproduced From Kendra Patrika, August 1981 issue