Riddle me this: What is the perfect recipe for joy, self-expression, and a healthy dose of cardio? You guessed it right – dancing. It’s not only a mere vehicle for motion or exercise but a powerful outlet to express yourself. And do you know there’s a man who even uses this art to cultivate true joy in people’s lives?
From street corners to stadium jumbotrons, let’s break it down with Loka Pandya as he reveals the power of movement and how dancing can boost your happiness.
No, Loka is not a professional dancer, nor is he a fitness enthusiast or a yogi – he is a celebrator of joy – a charismatic and bubbly serial entrepreneur and life coach who doesn’t teach by words but by actions. He travels the world, spreading joy with his bubble-blowing stunts, pop rocks, glow sticks, and even fancy DeLoreans dubbed “joy toys.”
But one thing that really sets Loka apart is his passion for dancing.
He can be seen running out to dance in the rain, dancing in the parking lot in the bright sun, or appearing on multiple jumbotrons at sporting events and entertaining the entire crowd with his impromptu swing moves. He’s even had a 10-minute dance battle against a fan at a Celine Dion concert, where over 15,000 people were cheering him on.
Not even that, this man even managed to work out in Daft Punk costumes at roads and gyms. Incredible, isn’t it?
“So, a fun fact about me is that historically I haven’t liked to workout, but I do like to entertain, and I very much love to dance,” Loka enthuses. “Now that I really don’t want to work out, I sometimes put on my Daft Punk helmet or another costume so that it’s super entertaining for all those watching, I get my dance workout in, and I’m in my joy,” he smiled.
But it’s not just about him.
You, too, can use dancing as a powerful medium for healing and experiencing true joy, especially when life throws lemons at you. Loka does this by connecting with his inner child-like joy – something he believes lies within all of us but is often forgotten.
But wait, do you know the scientific benefits of dancing? Yes, and there are more than you think.
What Does Science Say About Dancing?
According to research conducted by Deakin University, dance has a very positive effect on our daily lives.
In an experiment, researchers interviewed 1,000 people. They concluded that those involved in one or some kind of dancing reported being happier and more satisfied with their lives, relationships, health, and the goals achieved over the years.
In another study conducted by the University of Derby, the psychologist made people suffering from depression receive salsa lessons, and the results were astonishing. Not only did their mood improve, but they also felt more energetic and alert after taking the lessons for just a few weeks.
Now, let’s dig into some more practical benefits of dancing.
Reduces Stress Levels:
Our body releases endorphins that help reduce stress levels and create a sense of peace whenever we dance. Regular dancing can make us more aware of our feelings and help manage them.
Shaking up the way we look at ourselves helps us to be more accepting and less critical of our own bodies. We get to appreciate our body’s natural flexibility and strength, and it also helps us look inward and love ourselves unconditionally.
Makes You Feel Good:
One study shows that dancing increases serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for our emotions and happiness. This means that any time you put on your favorite tunes and dance, it can be a great mood booster!
Not to mention, dancing is a great physical activity, as just one hour of practice can burn up to 400 calories, which is more than enough for a full-body workout.
So, this was the ‘secret sauce’ behind dancing that Loka Pandya discovered and is now sharing with the world. Loka’s daily ritual of dancing not only brings him joy but also brings happiness to those around him.
Want to watch some rippling Loka moves? Connect with him on Instagram or visit his website for more information.