Tango through the yoga lens
I discovered yoga through tango.
I did try one class in New York when I lived there, around 2011, but it didn’t go any further. Since I started my internship at Sangha I’ve been taking classes regularly, as we all do, often with Gaby, sometimes with Lori, and even once with Chris!
Because of that context I always think of tango when I’m doing yoga. I think of how a lot of the movements that I explore can be applied to my tango posture, balance and movement: leveling the hips, dissassociating the chest from the hips, practicing balance, being aware of my breathing. When I dance I don’t have time to think about all of it in depth. There is already so much going on! It’s a perfect time to slow down and experiment with all the potentiality of my limbs.
There are other connections. As in Tango, in my first yoga classes and for a little while I was obsessed with the idea of being able to see how my pose looked like from the outside. Now I’m thinking about it less and less and I try to understand how I can feel if my body is aligned or dissassociated in the way I want it to be. And how I can try to be aware of it without directly looking at a reflected image. I try to leave an imprint on my body, something that I’ll understand from a physiological perspective when I come back to a pose.
I think this will eventually change, it already has a little bit. I mean looking at tango through the lenses of tango will always be very helpful, and there are so many connections to make. But it – yoga – is also becoming something else, slowly. Something I’m still discovering, something I like, but I’m not sure why yet, or haven’t quite put it into words yet.
I’ll keep you all posted when I know more!