For me, dance is the most powerful form of communication and communion.
It’s how I connect with the Divine, move beyond my ego and expectations, and into the bliss of spaciousness and trust. It’s where I meet Souls to the point where when the music ends, asking one’s name seems so mundane. (“I’ve met your Soul, why do I need to know your name?”)
Dance relieves stress, softens attachment to the content of the mind, makes you sweat, and keeps your body healthy and toned. Sound familiar? Sound like yoga?
A vinyasa is a dance, a choreography of movements put together with intention and intelligence.
In the beginning of the journey, the vinyasa is dictated to us (Surya Namaskar anyone?). Eventually, through regular practice, the compressive and opening movements of the asanas stimulate and unlock our unique flow and essence – Shakti. This awakens a spontaneous choreography from the connection of you with Self and Source.
(Have you ever found yourself compelled to rotate your wrists, pulse your hips and roll your neck while in a Virabhadrasana 2? This is shakti flowing. This is your unique essence wanting to be expressed.)
As we become unlocked, we become fluid and radiant. We are called to move and those movements express themselves non-linearly, in spirals, with sounds, kicks and other spontaneously inspired expressions. Our lives change and relationships blossom. We consciously let go and create, becoming more aware of our life vinyasa – the dance of our lives.
How to invite dance into your asana practice (and the rest of your life):
1. Remember, “If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.” African Proverb
2. Make a playlist with at least three songs that speak to you and encourage feelings of presence and inspiration.
3. Start your asana practice in silence, present to the sounds around you and within (I incorporate silence tracks into my playlists).
4. Warm up your body through Sun Salutations, Cat/Cows, Twists and gentle inversions.
5. Allow pause in your linear vinyasas to breathe into your toes, fingers, neck, cranium, heart, etc. From this awareness notice if there’s an inspiration to move beyond the prescribed asana. Allow the movement.
6. Develop witness consciousness. Intend to notice the difference between fidgeting, unfocused energy from the impulse inspired by energy moving within your body. In my experience when energy is being moved (as in kundalini being activated), there is a compulsion beyond my will to allow an expression of movement.
7. Whenever you notice that you are forcing a movement, pause and wait for an authentic moment. This is a great practice that allows you to notice the Ego’s attempts to make something happen. Smile, breathe and await the dance – it will happen.
8. Move, feel, enjoy, release and cultivate.
I’m continually inspired by the profound healing benefits of conscious and engaged movement – dance – and of course, the therapeutics of yoga. My practice and offerings draw from a large tool box that include asana, guided movement meditations, body-centered coaching prompts and mindfulness meditation reminders.
These tools guide myself and students into a space of expanded consciousness, acceptance of what is, and provides the opportunity to try on new ways of being.
Join myself, the creator of Bhakti Boogie® Yoga and Lisa Goettel, the creator of the Rise Up Singing Experiece at YogaTree Potrero on Saturday, December 7, 3:30-5:30pm for Dance Your Body Into Itself, And Discover Your True Voice, a two hour workshop experience.
If you have a problem, dance.
If you are healing a broken heart, dance.
If your ego is inflated, dance.
If your self-esteem is shaken, dance.
About the Author
Jocelyn Gordon is here to prove that transformation can be fun. She is the creator of Bhakti Boogie® Yoga ~ Where Dance is Yoga and HoopYogini ~ Holistic Fitness with a Spin. She leads teacher trainings and international retreats that help people liberate themselves from TraumaDrama – the stories that hold us back from living our full potential. Sign up for Jocelyn’s newsletter for a free audio meditation and information on her booty shaking, transformational events. www.jocelyngordon.com