Consciousness and Shifting Mind-States
in Dance Practice
In the growing field of embodiment education, dance is emerging as one of the all-star vehicles for physical health, emotional resiliency, creative expression, deepening social engagement, and accessing spiritual states. Dance practices are an outgrowth of our performance arts, folk traditions, martial arts and dance/movement therapies into mainstream forms of physical practice for health and wellbeing. Right behind yoga, Conscious Dance has broken the mold.
As both a teacher and an avid student of all forms of dance practice, I have experienced many structures that use dance and movement as a vehicle for…
Take A Partner — Relational Obstacles and Opportunities on the Dance Floor
If you have been a part of Conscious dance groups or classes, other forms of movement meditation or group process gatherings, a common instruction by a teacher is -
“Take a partner” or “turn to a partner” or “for the next exercise take a partner and stand side by side/in front/behind or sit with them.” Or it could be, “turn to the person next to you and share . . .” or “tell/show the person next to you what you felt about . . .”.
The instruction to…
Basic Sanity -
or the least amount of embodied emotional intelligence I can get away with and still feel functional
What supports you in feeling at ease, centered, and able to cope? If you are like so many of the people I have asked, some form of exercise, movement, mindful breathing, sleep, surrender and good connections with loved ones are part of the answer.
In Open Floor, we focus on developing and strengthening these kinds of support through the medium of Conscious Dance. …
On Meaning Making in Conscious Dance
“There is a looming chasm between what your brain knows and what your mind is capable of accessing” — David Eagleman from Incognito: The secret life of the Brain
I recently had a dance where in spite of the fact there was plenty of room, I felt that it was near impossible for me to take up any space on the floor. I remember feeling small. With open attention, I went towards these small feelings and found myself turning around in tight circles, slowly spiraling closer to the floor. As I allowed this, my…
I think most of us are familiar with desire, the longings within us, at least the longing we can tolerate feeling and acknowledging. Equally, I imagine most of us know something about Ice; our tendency to shut down or shut out others and even ourselves from the vulnerability our desires create for us.
The swing between the two Desire and Ice are a dance we engage in probably almost every day at least internally in our own minds. “do I want this or that” can I allow myself this, but that is too scary, impractical, or underserved. Sometimes this inner…
I am interested in all things physical; walking, breathing exercise dance etc. I am a kinesthetic learner and teacher of embodiment practices.