An Introduction to Bharata Natyam

Experience the joyful art of dance for bliss, balance, and wellbeing!

An interactive online course
Four 2.5 hour sessions
2, 9, 16, and 23 March, 2024

with Rebecca Busch

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This course is open to everyone and is designed for beginners. Available in English. Other languages available based on demand.

Course Fee: 175 €

(There is a reduced price for lower-income countries, please see the application form.)

Affiliates of the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation (IMAVF) receive a reduction of 10% on the course fee.

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About the Course

Experience the joyful art of dance, a flowing yoga for bliss, balance and wellbeing! Dance improves physical fitness and mental clarity, nourishes the heart through emotional expression, promotes relaxation and relieves stress and strain.

In this course you will learn fundamentals of Bharata Natyam, South Indian dance, a beautiful and ancient art full of knowledge to enrich all levels of life. With easy to follow, step-by-step instruction, this course is designed to guide anyone to learn and practice Vedic Dance and enjoy its benefits.

An overview of each lesson:
  • Practice adavus, rhythmic, geometric patterns of movement which increase strength, balance, flexibility, and integration
  • Learn a short expressive, storytelling dance choreographed to a verse from the Vedic Literature
  • Practice hasta mudras, hand gestures, which have a healing, balancing influence on the physiology
  • Enjoy specially selected lectures of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on music and the arts from the Arts for Enlightenment, Master Series Courses
  • Experience and understand how Vedic Dance contributes to our health, happiness, and the development of consciousness
Rebecca Bush

This course is offered by the Maharishi College of Perfect Health International – Department of Vedic Dance Therapy, in partnership with Vedic Dance Academy and the Academy of Arts for Enlightenment.

About Vedic Dance

Maharishi said that Vedic Dance is a means to attain Brahma Vidya, the totality of knowledge. Vedic Dance is a blissful technology to support our development and help us realize our full potential. Vedic Dance is a therapeutic modality of Maharishi Ayurveda and has a profoundly integrating and harmonizing influence. The benefits of dance are felt on the level of body, mind, emotions and consciousness, and extend to an audience. Even by viewing the dance, the physiology is transformed.

This course is interactive, live online. Enjoy this sample video of a dance movement you will learn
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Course Schedule

Saturdays for 4 weeks: 2, 9, 16, 23 March
Meeting start time for US Eastern time zone:

Saturdays, 2 and 9 of March: 10:00am US EST
Saturdays 16 and 23 of March: 10:00am US EDT

Meeting start time for Central European time zone:

Saturdays, 2 and 9 of March: 4:00pm CET
Saturdays 16 and 23 of March: 3:00pm* CET

*Please note the course timings with daylight savings time in the US beginning halfway through the course

Each dance session is 2 hours. This will be followed by a ½ hour video of specially selected lectures of Maharishi on music and the arts from the Arts for Enlightenment, Master Series Courses. If you prefer, you may view the video lecture at any other time on the MCPHI platform. The total time of each session is approximately 2.5 hours.

Experiences of participants in previous courses in Bharata Natyam Vedic Dance:

Physically speaking, my body feels so much better. Using mudras I have gained mobility in my neck and back. My shoulders and legs feel stronger. My mind feels so coherent, compared to before. I feel more graceful. When dancing I feel a world of difference in my sense of connection, groundedness, and strength.
–Shreya Sood, India

Excellent: well structured and balanced between practice and theory. Entertaining and instructive. Succeeds in making profound changes in students. I have taken many courses in my life, this is the best realized.
–Gloria, Chile

The Vedic Dance Bharata Natyam Course was fantastic for me. I deeply enjoyed the orderly, symmetrical movements, which brought back strength to the muscles, bones, and physiology in general. My posture has become better and there is more ease and
uprightness in walking.
–Susanne Thalwitzer, Germany

Embarking on the journey of Bharata Natyam has been an enriching experience. Unlike other forms, the dance’s depth gives meaning to each movement, bringing deeper fulfillment to the dancer not only physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. Rebecca, as a teacher, possesses a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional skill in guiding through the complexities of this intricate and ancient dance.
–Anxhela Coba, USA

Joining the Course

This course is open to everyone and is designed for beginners.
Technical requirements to join are that you have a desktop, laptop, or mobile device that can access the internet. The live practice sessions will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software. Instructions for using Zoom, and login details for joining the course, will be provided before the course.

Zoom sessions are recorded and will be available for viewing online within a few days after the live session. Course Participants can access the recorded sessions for three months, starting from the first day of the course. Video lectures of Maharishi are also available to view at any time during this period of three months.

About the Faculty

Rebecca Bush
Rebecca Busch

Rebecca Busch is a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and the founder of Vedic Dance Academy. She studied with master teachers in the T. Balasaraswati tradition of Bharata Natyam. She is a graduate of the Paramparai Arts DASI ATTAM course in South Indian dance, music, and poetry, certified by the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO. Rebecca is an Advisor for the Performing Arts for the Academy of Arts for Enlightenment. She received a BA from Maharishi University of Enlightenment and a Master of the Science of Creative Intelligence degree (M.S.C.I.) from Maharishi European Research University (MERU).

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

'Indian classical dance... is the most natural and complete technology for enlivening the relationship between transcendental self-referral Being and its expression in the physiology.'
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi