Gone are the days when classical dancing was something your family forced on you as a kid. Today, more and more people are turning to it even as adults, to learn a new skill and tone up their body. According to Aditi Yadav, a Kathak exponent and teacher, "Classical dance is more than a weight-loss exercise. Not only does it help one relieve stress but also gives the body balance, strength, and flexibility."
It is a demanding dance that can help us get rid of those extra kilos and stay fit. All the Kathakars (or Kathak dancers) have to practice and perform wearing heavy ankle bells, which makes for a weight-bearing exercise.
The postures that the artists make during a performance helps tone muscles, improves blood circulation and increases flexibility. Apart from this, the dance form also emphasises on expressions, which double up as facial exercises.
It has many mental and physical benefits. Its basic stance, araimandi (a squatting position in which one's knees are turned sideways), keeps the torso steady and helps one master body control. It is said that the art form is highly beneficial for our eyes, as the dancer actively uses them in his or her performance, thus constantly exercising them.