Looking after your mind as well as your body
It is very easy to forget to look after your mind as well as your body. Dancers are no exception to this!
You may already feel that coming to the studio and taking part in dance classes takes you away from everyday stresses and gives you the chance to be yourself. The studio is your getaway or maybe even your happy place!
It is ours too so you are not alone there!
However, have you thought about how you are looking after your mind outside of the studio and away from classes? It may have occurred to you before, but it may not. But it is just as important, on so many levels.
Every dancer knows that to become successful and improve their dancing skills, they must practice, practice, practice. Not just at the studio but at home too. Making the time to add dance practice and/or exercises into your daily or weekly routine will not only help you become a better dancer but also puts you in a more positive mood for the rest of the day.
It makes sense. Do more of what you love to become a happier person!
It’s not just practising that improves your dancing. Stretching at home is a fantastic way to improve your mood and your body.
Have you heard the expression “healthy body, healthy mind” before? Well, it’s true!
Stretching gives your body a great foundation for being able to improve your dance skills and movements. The best time of the day to do this (apart from before and after class) is first thing in the morning. Waking up 5 minutes earlier and implementing a stretch routine will set you up for the day. You can do a vast range of movements to improve your movement range. Here are some videos from YouTube to get you started.