Charya Nritya, sacred Buddhist dance of Nepal is a Vajrayana tradition that dates back over a thousand years to the Vajracharya priests of the Kathmandu Valley.
The dance is a yogic discipline whose movements and meditative elements effect profound changes of mind and body.
The central purpose of the dance is to support the meditation practice of deity yoga, or visualizing oneself as a deity.
This practice involves a mental process of imagining oneself to have the appearance, ornaments, and awareness of a deity. Known as Charya Nirtya, which means, “dance as a spiritual discipline,” this sacred dance form is a meditation discipline, vehicle of bodily and spiritual transformation, and opportunity for an audience to experience a vision of divine beauty.