Mindfulness as a Pedagogical Tool: Kuchipudi Indian Classical Hindu Dance


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Sabrina D. MisirHiralall
Montclair State University
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Contemplative pedagogy is necessary in the dance world because it can be a very dangerous place without it. Dance students who aim to sustain the so-called “right”body image too often develop a physical obsession that leads to dangers like bulimia and anorexia. Moreover, the stresses of performing on stage, combined with other pressures of daily life, may overwhelm dancers to the point where they might feel depressed or even suicidal. Thus, it is vital to develop a pedagogy that thinks about not only the physical but also the spiritual well-being of dancers. The application of mindfulness as a pedagogical tool that focuses on physical and spiritual wellness is ideal in this regard.
Keywords Mindfulness  Contemplative Pedagogy  Contemplative Education  Philosophy of Education  Hinduism  Kuchipudi Dance  Religion
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