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I was a dancer before I discovered yoga and love the way dancing and yoga complement each other.

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Dance requires discipline and stamina. It is also joyous and enriching. An article on the health benefits of dancing points out that dancing can

Reduce stress
Increase energy
Improve strength and
Increase muscle tone and coordination.

Dance lifts your mood and can even sharpen your mind. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In the study, participants over the age of 75 who engaged in reading, dancing and playing musical instruments and board games once a week had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia compared to those who did not. Those who engaged in these activities at least 11 days a month had a 63 percent lower risk.

Dance is life-affirming and you don’t have to be “good” at it to have fun or benefit. Whether you dance around the front room to your favourite song, hit the club with friends, or sign up for swing classes, it lifts your spirits, energises the body and gives you something to smile about.

What song makes you get up and dance? Share in the comments!

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