Move to 'Elemental rhythms'
For many people to sit quietly and be with themselves is too much, they are too restless and full of dis-ease.
Others would love to move and express themselves but are very self-conscious and restricted in their freedom to move.
This dynamic dance.. a moving meditation takes you on a journey through a wave of sounds with an eclectic mix of music selected to reflect the elements.
In a session you connect with your core energy through the breath and use subtle movements to loosen any blocks, allowing energy to rise through the body.
This encourages you to move naturally and let go…
The process can be freeing and is a great way to release the stress of a busy life.
More importantly it’s fun!
Move Your Body And Soul..
Rave Without The Need For Substances
‘Move’ has evolved from my own experiences of finding freedom in dance and raving.. the joy at being able to express myself to music without the need for substances.
For thousands of years indigenous people have celebrated life through dance and music, but much of that has been lost of any true meaning in modern society, and the only way for many people to dance is hidden by drugs and alcohol.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A DANCE?
‘Move’ is a structured process that enables you to express yourself through movement, with a solid framework at the start and end with free space in the middle for self-exploration.
As well as being fun there is a deeper meaning to the practice as a meditation, where we can watch our judgements and self-imposed limitations from the conscious mind.
The dance element is structured from my Yoga Trance Dance teacher training, while the meditation side weaves in the practice and protocol of iRest® Yoga Nidra non-dual meditation. I also share my experiences as a Yoga teacher of working with body sensing.
My choice in music is derived from many years of partying and my love of electronic dance music, now packaged and presented as a conscious dancing, moving meditation.
our next DANCES...
New dates and venue TBC on a Saturday every other month.
Saturdays March, May and July 2024, 7:00 – 9:15pm.
Doors close 7:15pm.
The cost is:
£11 pre booked in advance.
£15 on the day.
“As someone who danced my way through my early adulthood, when I look back and consider what drew me back to countless dancefloors time and time again, it seems really clear to me now. In simple terms, I was meditating.
In my teens, I remember driving to secret raves in the countryside where I would dance for hours under the stars with thousands of others. As I moved through my early 20’s, this was replaced by clubs and festivals around the world. I was participating in a major dance movement that sparked a sense of freedom and joy not just within me but an entire generation.
While they may not have been wholly sober experiences back then, I loved feeling part of a community of people who loved to dance just like I did, where we could close our eyes, free our bodies to a beating drum and forget, just for a while, about life’s pressures.
My first experience of sober dancing, or ‘dance meditation’ was during my travels to India at the age of 23. Here, I spent 2 months on a commune in Pune named after Osho – a famous Indian guru who promoted meditation as a tool to self-healing. Today the commune is the largest meditation centre in the world.
I remember each afternoon at 4.30pm, we would attend a one-hour session in the huge, beautiful auditorium lined with white muslin and no walls. We would start sitting down, slowly starting to move our bodies as we tuned into the music. Then we would work up to standing and full on dancing, before the beat slowed and we would come back down to sitting and then lying on the ground. I remember we would leave feeling so happy, free, calm, balanced, like we had literally shed a skin… It was one of my favourite memories of being there. I had never felt so good.
Today, with the growing popularity of meditation and mindfulness classes, apps and workshops, there are many opportunities for us to transcend the noise of our busy minds, tune into our breath and regain mental balance. But for the busier mind, this can be challenging. Which is where dance meditation comes into its own.
I was so excited to learn that Paul Collins, Seed’s Yoga Nidra teacher, offers dance meditation sessions in Buckinghamshire. Inspired by both Osho and Shiva Rae, an acclaimed American yoga and free movement teacher, I couldn’t wait to experience this type of meditation again.
When I arrived, I walked into a warm, dimly lit and welcoming hall with a DJ table at the top, calming background music with a low continuous beat and people sitting around the room. I felt instantly at home. I knew a few faces which of course was nice. But, like a yoga class or wellness retreat, it is also easy to go to this type of event alone. I began the session lying on the ground on my yoga mat, hands on my belly and just tuning into my breath – my inhale and exhale.
With Paul’s voice as your guide, he takes you on a journey with his music, starting slowly and working up. As the music builds, you build with it, relearning how to free your body (and subsequently your mind), releasing the inhibitions and other limiting thoughts we continually place on ourselves. Just tuning into your own body and breath and being right there in the moment is liberating, stress relieving and rebalancing.
What I loved – It is such a somatic experience, bringing you out of your head and into your body. I love the fact that the session is long enough (2 hours) to allow for the process of releasing (often long-held) inhibitions in a safe and supportive space. Paul held the space so perfectly, moving around the room and encouraging us to let go so we could move more freely.
What I found challenging – It took a while to shake off the shackles of my inhibitions… but I got there!!
Conclusion – It is so much more than dancing – it is an opportunity to release self-imposed restrictive thoughts and relinquish stress in both body and mind in a safe, non-judgemental space where everyone is there to do the same. I left the session feeling calm, relaxed and determined not to leave it so long until next time!” – Kate Kirrane of Seed Wellness