Eye Movements or Drishthi Bheda

June 25th, 2010 17 Comments

Drishthi in sanskrit meaning “Vision”. In relation to our eyes it means “sight” or “to see”. The classification of these eye movements are based on how we move the eye balls. Infact we use each of them in our every day routine. Just a matter of identifying with their names. There are eight types of […]

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Head movements or Shirobheda

May 6th, 2010 4 Comments

Head movements are also called Shirobheda. Shira or shirasa meaning ” Head” in sanskrit. The head  movements refer to the head positions, while expressing a particular bhava. There are Nine head movements. Sama : The head kept straight Udvahitam : Head Looking upwards Adhomukham : Looking Down Alolitam: Circular Movement of the head Dhutam: Right […]

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Alarippu

March 18th, 2010 55 Comments

The word Alarippu means “a flowering bud.” It is an innovatory piece meaning it is performed before a dancer begins a whole performance. It is considered to be a warm up piece for the dancers. According to T. Balasraswati “Alarippu, which is based on rhythm alone, brings out the special charm of pure dance. The […]

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Avahitta Hand Gesture (Mudra)

April 2nd, 2009 1 Comment

When both hands held in Alapadma hasta are crossed at the wrists and placed near the chest we get the Avahitta hand gesture. Lets take a look at the viniyoga shloka: (uses) Srungara Natanechiva Leelaa Kandukadharane Kucharthe Yujyate Soyamavahitthakaraabhidhaha This gesture is used to show : 1) Love 2) Playing with balls (can be any […]

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Hand gesture for Nirutti

February 3rd, 2009 2 Comments

Nirutti: Nirutti is actually said to be one of the Ashta-dikpalas. Ashta-dikpala means guardians of eight direction. Thus Nirutti is said to be guarding the south-west direction. He rides on a lion. His weapon is called the Kundayudha. His consort is Durga. Some times taking Brahma as the centre they form the Navasandhi. ‘Nava’ mean […]

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Nagabandha Hand Gesture (Mudra)

December 17th, 2008 2 Comments

When both hands held in sarpashirsha hasta is crossed at the wrists, we get the Nagabandha hand gesture. lets take a look at the viniyoga shloka: (uses) Etasya viniyogastu nagabandhe he samataha This gesture is used to show how the snakes twine or their nature of coiling and encircling

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Hand Gesture for Varuna

December 2nd, 2008 1 Comment

Varuna: He is known as the god of oceans. He is seen riding on an ocean creature that has an head of an antelope, but a body of a fish or an alligator. His weapon is a noose. Varuna was a very important god in pre-Vedic Hindu mythology. Though only about a dozen hymns address […]

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Hand Gesture for Yama

November 10th, 2008 2 Comments

Yama: Yama in the Hindu mythology is considered the God of death. Yama is described as mounted on a black buffalo. He holds a noose in one hand, in order to catch hold of his victims. In the other he holds a mace which represents his weapon. He is the son of Vivasvat (sun, surya) […]

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Hand gesture for Indra

November 3rd, 2008 1 Comment

Indra: Indra is said to be the king of Gods. He is more often known as the god of thunder storms, wielding a celestial weapon, The Vajra, a lighting bolt. Indra is described as reddish in complexion with two or four hands. He is the son of the Sky god and the mother earth, Prithvi. […]

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Hand gesture for Manmatha

October 30th, 2008 No Comments

Manmatha: In hindu mythology Mammatha is often know as Kamadeva. He is the God of love. He is the one who induces lusty desires in our minds. In some pictures he is seen as a winged man holding a bow and an arrow. His bow is made of sugarcane with a string of honey bees. […]

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