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Vajra dance: Dancing away your blues

Participants at the Vajra Dance event  

A few Hyderabadis were fortunate to get a taste of an ancient Tibetian meditation in movement called the Vajra dance organised by the World Buddhist Culture Trust (WBCT) sometime back. Watching the mixed group of men and women, young and old, flexible and not-so-flexible moving all at once in slow steps on a large colourful patterned mat, it was not long before onlookers realised that there’s more to Vajra dancing than meets the eye.

Tracy Ni, a Vajra instructor from China highlighted that Vajra dancing uses sound and movement to harmonise the energy of an individual integrating body, voice and mind. The rhythmic flow of continuous movements releases physical and mental tensions resulting in total relaxation. Performed on a huge ‘Mandala’ or mat consisting of brightly coloured geometric designs to soothing chants, the movement connects an individuals’ inner dimension with that of the outer world. V. Sridevi and her teenage daughter felt fortunate to be in this first ever Vajra workshop in India, Says she, “the Instructor’s enthusiasm was transferred to each one of us and we danced our way without inhibitions. The experience was rejuvenating giving us utmost awareness of body and soul.”

The Dance of the Vajra was rediscovered and taught by Master of the International Dzogchen Community Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, since the early 90s. It is widely practiced and perfected around the world as a meditative movement that balances individual energies to deal with the challenges of daily life.Lama Doboom Tulku, Founder WBCT says, “Many differences arise on the basis of religion, language, customs but art and culture encourage inter religious, intra religious and cross cultural harmony. Hence the idea of bringing the Vajra workshop to Hyderabad to promote communities coming together to spread unity. Spiritual conferences and seminars are good but human beings living in harmony is ultimate.”


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