Ecstatic dance heals

Dancing is a practice and discipline. The ecstatic aspect can be light or dark. People might cry either in despair or in joy on the dance floor. Anything goes. You can curl up in the fetal position in a corner and cry or leap as high as you can while running in circles. I have spent time sitting cross-legged in meditation or laying on my back with my feet up the wall. Feeling the vibrations of dancing feet and loud music while lying flat on the floor is quite nice too. The practice involves letting the body do what it wants to do. …

Ecstatic dance: trance and movement for healing and transformation

I’ve gone to several 5 Rhythms Waves now. They are the most joyous and wonderful moments of my life right now as I continue to rehabilitate. When one surrenders to the energy of these waves one is swept away in the energy of the room, dancing from this trance state is a miracle every time as your body leads the way doing things you didn’t even know it could do. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Nia dance…another method to achieve ecstatic movement

I find that when I tell people about how I love to go to ecstatic dancing in my community that some number of people are intimidated at the thought of letting loose among strangers. I have personally found it the most comfortable way I can be with people right now, but I understand that for many dancing is a somewhat scary thing. What I like about the groups I dance with here is that it’s as acceptable to sit against the wall and meditate as it is to dance. I often meditate or do yoga in corner when I’m not up to dancing the whole session. It’s truly a safe space for me and I love it. …

Hip Hop/Yoga Dance Workout

As most of you know by now, I like mixing it up. Well, really, I NEED to mix it up. My body wants and needs something different everyday. I woke up a couple of days ago and wanted to dance but I also felt like I needed some yoga, so I did a search on youtube with yoga and dance in the search query. I got this lovely little short but intense workout…

There is a dance that only you know how to do

The process of learning to find that dance involves listening to the body and watching how it interacts with the environment. Listening and then responding to the music and our surroundings. In time there is no thought, there is only emptiness as the body moves seamlessly in union with the music and the energy of the room filled with other dancers. In doing this practice one learns how to bring the dance off the floor. All life is a dance, we see. …

dance like nobody’s watching…

‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’ — Friedrich Nietzsche

Yesterday I went for a walk in the wooded mountains near where I live. I had my iPod with me and I decided to listen to one of the Waves (a mix of dance music audio files) that one of my fellow 5 Rythyms dancers mixed and shared with me. Once I started listening to the music I couldn’t help but turn my walk in the woods into a dance in the woods. …

Buddha Bar Remix: dance or meditate…

Dance real slow or meditate to this lovely piece. It’s another piece of music I discovered while dancing at one of the 5 Rhythm dances I attend. Ecstatic dance and music have been one of the many ways I’ve been healing. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I can feel both dance and music changing and healing my brain’s neurons

I managed to get out and dance at a 5 Rhythms event. That’s ecstatic dance inspired by Gabriel Roth. That perhaps has been my biggest victory. I danced for a full hour and stayed at the event for 2 hours. Another VICTORY. First time out in the evening. First time sustaining high intensity exercise for a whole hour too.

We looked very much like the folks in the above video. Without the white clothes. … [click on title for the rest of the post]