Moving Past Grief: Healing Through Dance

Dancing the Elements

Move freely to the music, selected for its suggestive rhythm and flow, and the poetic word pictures compiled for each of the four elements – Air, Fire, Water and Earth. This is a simple yet effective way to get fully into our bodies, release self-conscious inhibitions, and gently stimulate the mind/body spirit connection.

Dancing Your Spirit Animal (Totem)

In some cultures animals are considered guardian spirits. If an animal speaks to you it is offering its protection and powers. We will discover our power animal (with the aid of the Medicine Cards) and its qualities. Through drumming and movement we will merge with our guardian animal and derive the relevant message or knowledge it brings to our current situation.

7 Chakra Kundalini Dance

Each of the seven Chakras (Sanskrit word meaning wheel), or energy centers, are assigned a different function in the Eastern system of medicine. We will focus movements that relax and awaken each energy center, bringing awareness to the significance of each in our own lives.

  • Root Chakra (Connection to Earth and Community)
  • Spleen Chakra (Creativity, Sexuality)
  • Navel Chakra (Power in the World, Individuation)
  • Heart Chakra (Compassion)
  • Throat Chakra (Communication, Voice)
  • Brow Chakra (Intuition, “Third Eye”)
  • Crown Chakra (Spiritual Connection)

Dancing Mythology (Inanna’s Journey to the Underworld, Demeter & Persephone, the Minotaur, Kali, Kuan Yin or Tara for Compassion, etc.)

The power of myth (as purported by Dr. Joseph Campbell) works in us because the stories are visualizations of universal archetypes, shared by all of us whether consciously or not. As we enact these mythological journeys, we tap into the buried aspects of self. We are able to find the hidden meaning of events and circumstances, and heal the schisms between “dark and light,” “good and evil,” etc., as they play out in our lives.

Dancing Your Story (Day-long process, includes some drawing & poetry)

Lying on a large piece of paper, someone will trace the outline of your body. Throughout the day we will do movement explorations to help us fill in the background, representing our past (with relevant colors, words, shapes, etc.). Eventually we will fill in the image with what we would like our new future self to look like, and finally express that vision with new movement.

For more information, including scheduling, get in touch with Dhyanis.