Using Yoga, Meditation and Dance for a Shapeshifting Experience

We did our first Dance/Yoga/Meditation in early May. I was not sure what to expect. I attended a Five Rhythms dance in Costa Rica and an ecstastic dance event a few years ago. I have heard of the Move, and other similar events around the city. People dance without proscribed boundaries.

People move around in ways which made me uncomfortable. It reminded me of crazy people. I can’t let myself go like that. I am afraid of looking silly and foolish. But everyone else moves with a great truth which shines and glows.

Like children they unabashedly move around wherever their inclination takes them. This is generally not dancing like Drake in Hotline Bling. People move around making shapes of their bodies, as the music takes hold some begin to move in and out of yoga poses, roll on the floor, and move around towards a deeper rhythm. And it all makes sense.bachannal

When the session in May ended there was a hush in the room. Afterwards we sipped tea and lingered for a good amount of time. It felt blissful. I aspire for every class and event at the studio to create such a transformational shift. It felt like all of the ingredients combined to create something special beyond ordinary.

One person remarked the final shivansana song sounded like something from the 11th dimension, never mind a 3rd or 4th dimension. Another woman noted in shivasana she felt herself leaving her mat in way she had never experienced before. Theses event are drug and alcohol free. The rhythm and movements tingled the senses and let a beautiful feeling flow thorugh us and the room.

Come this Saturday ane experience it with us. Celebrate the summer solstice. What exactly happens ? The evening starts with an intention setting exercise with Liz. Following this we do some heart opening yoga to open our bodies and get the energy flowing. Then we dance to a masterful soundtrack set by Liz. We dance for an hour. She leads us through high energy moments and back down. We then move towards some restorative yoga poses. We end with a shivasanam guided meditation, and reiki done on us as we rest. Afterwards we gather, sip tea, and savor the moments and experience.

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Five Ways to Feel Amazing with Yoga, Meditation and Gratitude

Every day is Christmas, and every night is new years eve. Sade

Feel amazing! Happiness. Feeling really fine. Often such feelings can seem elusive. With yoga, meditation and gratitude you can find happines.Below are five ways to make yourself feel great.

Think of a Happy Moment

Remember a day or moment when something really amazing happened.Recall how you felt during that moment.  Where in your body do you most feel that good sensation as you recall the feeling and moment ? Maybe in your head or across your heart?  Spend a few moments enjoying that feeling and recreating that great emotion.

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Music Makes the People Come Together. Madonna

Listen to Music
Music heals. Sound awakens the senses.  Music connects us individually to greater emotions and also connects us with other people.

Listen to your favourate song or artist.

Listen to something which makes your move or dance.

It is gratefulness that makes the soul great.  A.J. Heschel

Write a Gratitude List
When we feel disconnected we can forget the many blessings we have.  You might start with writing a daily gratitude journal of at least 3 things each day for which you are grateful. Studies show that if we actively choose to focus on gratitude we will feel happier. This is not just hocus pocus or woo woo.

A 2003 study had one group of people keep a daily gratitude list and a second group listed daily hassles or neutral events. After ten weeks the first group felt more life satisfaction than the second group.

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.  John Lennon

Breathe and Meditate

Start by taking some deep breathes.  You can start with five ujai breathes.  This is the deep breathing used in Ashtanga yoga and the technique Danny Paradise taught people like Sting, Paul Simon, Bob Weir, and many of his other famous students.

It can be easier to learn meditation in a supportive group with a teacher and the energy of other students. If you are in Toronto drop by one of Fireflow’s meditation offerings, try the Monday night Consciousness Explorer’s Club meditation downtown which attracts an amazing group of younger seekers, try a course at the Shambala Centre at Bloor and Christie, try out a Thich Nat Han Meditation downtown on Monday and Friday evenings, or in west-end Toronto try Fireflow’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Eight Week Course.  Free intro session Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 7.30pm.  Register here.

The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. Anthony Robbins

Exercise

Get yourself moving.  Almost any kind of movement will help and this is especially true if you have a desk job and work on a computer every day. Thirty to sixty minutes of exercise a few days a week will help you feel amazing.  Prolonged movement releases feel good chemicals in the brain and decreases negative feelings.

Yoga is a great way to move to both balance and strengthen the body and mind.

It makes you feel amazing, stay young, and brings you a sense of balance and ease.

Start today with any drop-in class.

For even better results try the Four Part Absolute Beginners Workshop.

No time to get to a studio or class ?  Make your own schedule.  Set up in-studio series of private coaching and yoga or bring us to your house or office.

To close, Louise CK has a great piece about gratitude and first world problems.