Take a dance on the wild side
The origins of Dance go back as far as human history itself, dance brought joy and transcendence and created bonds within communities: our earliest written records go back to cave paintings in India around 8000 BC. Throughout the ages dance has been intimately connected with spiritual practices and religious worship - the Sufi whirling dervishes, Aboriginal trance dances, and Shiva holding the world in balance with his cosmic dance, to name just a few.
The way we dance may have changed many times through history, and varied from culture to culture but dance itself remains one of our most expressive physical art forms.
Wikipedia tells us “Ecstatic dance is a form of dance in which the dancers, sometimes without the need to follow specific steps, abandon themselves to the rhythm and move freely as the music takes them, leading to trance and a feeling of ecstasy. The effects of ecstatic dance begin with ecstasy itself, which may be experienced in differing degrees.”
More recently and especially over the last couple of years there has been a resurgence of interest in dance and other practices which allow us to step outside of our usual mindset, to put aside our busyness and stress, and to turn our attention instead to nourishing our bodies, minds and souls, allowing us to connect to ourselves and each other in a deeper more meaningful way.
'Lose your inhibitions and meditate with motion.
A wonderful way to keep physically fit and to clear your mind of any negative thoughts.'
Imagine there’s something very real that you can use:
to turn off your internal monkey mind,
release any stuck physical or emotional energy,
awaken your life force energy and natural vitality,
come home to your body and
access a deeper consciousness within, that is connected to source…
relax, let go and have fun!
Ecstatic Awakening Dance uses movement, music, breath and meditation to do all of the above.
Here we can learn to transcend our everyday reality, move past our resistances and awaken our hearts, reinstating our inherent ecstatic natures. We allow ourselves to dissolve within the dance, to become the danced rather than the dancer. In other words, this dance can liberate us from our thinking minds and enable us to fully inhabit our bodies.
We dance barefoot.
We dance with our eyes closed, to allow an internal process free from any judgement. Our bodies take the lead and we move with what we feel rather than what we think.
Inner stillness does not require your body to be still
You can dance wildly and be centered in your soul ~ Jaiya John