THE SPIRIT OF DANCE
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THE SPIRIT OF DANCE
Dance, in its many forms, is an incredible mode of expression which exists within all of us. We can sometimes feel inhibited to dance for fear we are getting it wrong. This restraint can make us forget how dance can be a very personal way to explore our inner emotions. Far from being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, we can all use dance and mindful movement as a tool to discover more about our state of mind, help us release stress and tensions and understand ourselves more deeply.
Here at Samsara we have many classes and workshops which use dance as a fundamental part of the practice, they may however be ones that you know little about or have never before thought to try. It’s easy to feel bewildered when scanning a yoga timetable, so you’d be forgiven for sticking with a style that you know rather than giving the unknown a go. To temp you to try horizons new here’s a bit more information about a couple of the classes that you might not be so familiar with but that you could take a great deal from.
Kundalini Yoga: dubed the yoga of awareness, Kundalini yoga is a powerful yoga and meditation that helps access untapped energy at the base of the spine that can be drawn up through the body. Involving breath, postures, chanting, meditation and free dance to music, Kundalini Yoga is practised to enable you to experience a higher level of consciousness through the raising of your Kundalini (evolutionary life force within each of us).
Shakti Dance: rooted in Kundalini Yoga, Shakti Dance is the ‘Yoga of Dance’. Incorporating differing dance styles and modes of expression, Shakti Dance develops awareness and understanding of body, mind and emotions. Involving a mix of flowing postures and dance movements this is a physically energising practise, praised for reducing stress and bringing a sense of harmony, Shakti Dance will leave you feeling energised, inspired and invigorated.
Still with us? If you only come to yoga for the physical workout then these styles may seem way off, but you know what they say: great things happen outside of your comfort zone.
You can try out Kundalini on Wednesdays at 8.30pm and wake up with it on Fridays at 9.30am. If you’re interested is finding out more about Shakti Dance, Dirish Shaktidas will be running a workshop dedicated to this style of movement on 8th November from 2 pm – 4.30pm. Go to our workshop page to secure you’re spot.