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Yoga: Indispensible for an actor

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On the occasion of the International Yoga Day, Ashima Theatre Group conducted the day 7 of its play oriented corporate workshop at TCS in collaboration with Maitree group.



What better way than to imbibe the qualities of yoga to understand theatre better and to prepare for 'living in the moment' which the great master Sanford Meisner says is necessary for 'truthful' acting! Truthful acting.  Well, it may sound like an oxymoron.  But it is for an actor as important as stick for the blind.  To emote believably enough an actor needs to be truthfully 'in the moment' of the play. 












The thing we worked upon thus, was 'body' and 'movement'.  Body movement is the most basic technique of experiencing spontaneous emotion and attitude in their unadulterated form. 













We may have learnt to withhold emotions much later in our lives, we may have learnt to speak languages much later in our childhood, but we all have experienced our own body movements since infancy and…