Bharatanatyam is an Indian Classical dance form, originating from Tamil Nadu, India 2000 years ago. The name of the dance form combines two words: ‘Bharata’ and Natyam.’ Bharata is divided into ‘bha,’ meaning emotions (bhava), ‘ra,’ meaning music (raga), and ‘ta’ meaning timing (tala). ‘Natyam’ means dance in Sanskrit. Thus, Bharatanatyam is an elegant conglomeration of raga (music), bhava (mood), and tala (rhythm).
1) Ongoing IRB-approved randomized clinical study on 4-week Mindful Kala course for students at Yale University. The course specifically seeks to help the quality of life outcomes and cultural competency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is conducted with renowned Yale psychology researchers such as Dr. Laurie Santos & Dr. Elizabeth Goldfarb. Learn more about the study here!
2) A non-randomized 8-week program Mindful Kala Course was given to 46 students at a Midwestern School. Approved by MCPASD IRB. Data analysis conducted with researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. A more detailed report on study findings coming soon!
3) A survey was administered to students (n=236) who completed a 60-minute Mindful Kala workshop. The survey measured pre-post levels of stress. Data analysis conducted with researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, found staistically significant decreases in pre-post levels of stress (p < 0.05) with a large effect size (d = 1.3).