We all know that working out at the gym, lifting weights, doing cardio, can be dull and boring several days a week. We do them because we know they’re good for us and will make us healthier, live longer, and look younger. But, what if you could achieve all those benefits while having fun exercising? That’s what Bollyfit dancercise aims to do. I think you’ll want to try this.
Have Fun, Get Fit, De-Stress Doing BollyFit Dance
Move over Zumba and Hip-Hop dancercize, enter the world of “conscious choreography” that is BollyFit dancing – the new Indian-dance inspired workout sweeping the nation. Their motto says, Be Fit, Have Fun, Illuminate from Within, and that’s the basis of this great, fat burning, and de-stressing workout that BollyFit provides.
BollyFit promoters say this form of dance boosts happiness and joy just as much as it burns fat and fights obesity. It helps you be mindful of your place in the world, they say, but also allows your spirit to transcend the earthly with dancers losing themselves in the exotic rhythms native to India. BollyFit uses, what they term, conscious choreography to make each move, not only an effective physical workout, but a wonderfully meditative, spiritual workout as well.
As BollyFit practitioners report, the health of the mind is just as important to wellness as the health of the body. The focus of dancing “bolly style” is as much relaxing, stretching, and challenging the muscles of the body as the corners of the mind. It allows both mind and body to grow and develop new strengths and levels of consciousness at the same time.
BollyFit incorporates the centuries-old Indian traditions of meditation, and yoga, which have recently been accepted by health and medicine researchers as key ways to achieve reduced stress and better health. The meditation part of BollyFit dancing takes about 10 minutes and is included with every BollyFit class. Dancers are taught to release their thoughts of the material world at the beginning of each session and just focus on the energy created by their every movement. And you don’t have to be skilled in meditation techniques to do BollyFit, the technique comes naturally to even novices, practitioners report.
The dance part of BollyFit incorporates yoga stretches, moves, and poses right into the dancing. It’s really an amazing fusion of many different disciplines that leave you exhilarated yet relaxed and feeling happier at the end of each session.
And BollyFit is over-50 friendly as well – with many seniors reporting the dancing as a great social experience as well as a fun and effective workout. BollyFit “communities” are rising up all over the country with dancers connecting to their fellow dancers in many social activities outside of class as well – parties, dinners, etc. The dance, they say, really connects you to your fellow dancers and has the effect of making you more aware of your connection to people in general. In short, dancing “bolly style”, say its practitioners, seems to make you a happier, more socially oriented person.
In case you’re not familiar with what “bolly” actually refers to, it’s a reference to Indian films and a playful twist on the Indian pronunciation of the “H” consonant in the word Hollywood. As a result, Indian films started to be called “Bollywood” films. Many of them typically feature the opulently dressed and extravagant style of Bharat Natyam Indian dancing that has been part of Indian films for many years.
BollyFit dancing has synthesized that classical form, Bharat Natyam, with the more folksy style Indian dances called Bhangra, Garba, etc. In the 2010 U.S. Olympics, ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White incorporated “bolly”dance into their routine for the first of its kind Indian-style dancing on the ice and won gold medals for its performance.
You might also remember the “dressed down” street kid version of this type of Indian dance in the Jai Ho dance number at the end of the hit movie Slum Dog Millionaire?
Want to try BollyFit dancing? Try your local Community Recreational Center, or dance classes. You can also do BollyFit right in the privacy of your own home with BollyFit lessons on DVD. Remember, BollyFit is a group oriented dance experience, so invite some friends over, learn it together, and have a blast!