This Bow was inspired by Bollywood music/movements and also by elephants. Initially the focus was on the two hemispheres of the brain and developing the ability to access both sides rapidly ( agility). The right hemisphere is responsible for sensing body size, emotions, recognizing faces, metaphors, spacial awareness while the left hemisphere is greatly responsible for organizing , counting, reasoning, analyzing , and language and math. The actual routine evolved into more of balance over all as a focus though it could be offered with the above ....or optional possible focis’ include hand coordination/integration ( there are lots of possible hand madras you can use and add), integration of extremities with core, Joy, Intensity levels, Playfulness, Life as a Dance ( perception of the body and life as art), and fingers ( thumb/nurturing, index finger/desire, middle finger/balance, Ring finger /commitment). The element of Fire and Earth are strongly utilized , the focus’s that blend with this include solar plexus, personal power, inner athlete/warrior, connecting to your witness......Please have fun and change how you offer this work. Some suggestions include playing with offering first song standing, and or playing with different movements on the floor. Also consider ways you can offering the other movements NOT facing the mirror and moving around the room ( ie. From a circle, facing different directions, returning to a “row” and moving opposite, etc.)
The second and third songs speak of the Hindu Symbol of Ganeesh that is very popular in India. Below is some information about Ganeesh to further energize your dance:
One of the most popular icons in India is Ganesh, or Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles. Ganesh has the body of a man, and the head of an elephant. It is traditional to honor Ganesh at the beginning of every undertaking and every journey, to make sure that Ganesh is there to remove any obstacles that come up along the way. Ganesh's big ears symbolize that he is a good listener, and his big belly indicates that he can digest our troubles. Ganesh is known to be very wise, and the elephant is a symbol of the human potential for enlightenment. He is depicted with one foot on the ground, and the other lifted, indicating that the wise person is connected to this earth, yet not entirely of the earth. Here are some other meanings of the symbolism behind this special icon:
- Large ears remind us to listen more.
- Small mouth reminds us to talk less.
- Big head reminds us to think big.
- Small eyes remind us to concentrate.
- Trunk reminds us that we have the strength to pick up a tree.
- Finger like dexterity in trunk reminds us we are discerning enough to lift a peanut.
- The mouse reminds us to keep desire under control.
- The axe reminds us to cut off all bonds of attachment.
- The "prasada" or offerings at Ganesh's feet remind us that the world is ours for the asking.