Yogadrama – ‘As if I were a mountain’

Authored by: Jenelle Mazaris

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213

10.4324/9781315728537.ch31

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Abstract

Yogadrama is a synthesis of two dynamic practices, hatha yoga and drama therapy. It comprises basic hatha yoga postures and breath exercises combined with drama-therapy theory and practice. Hatha yoga practice is used in adjunct with drama-therapy methods to help people increase their self-awareness, maximize their overall potential and maintain a state of optimum health and well-being. The focus of yogadrama is on increasing the health and awareness of the physical body by practising hatha yoga postures and taking that one step further by exploring the metaphor of the postures themselves dramatically. It is a holistic approach that is practised as a therapeutic intervention in various settings and contexts, such as in personal development classes and workshops, in institutions with groups and individuals, and in trainings with drama therapists and yoga teachers.

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