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Ecstatic Awakening Dance!

 

Ecstatic Awakening Dance™ is a fun, powerful and transformational conscious dance and self-healing method created by Amoda Maa Jeevan in 1996. Combining music, movement, breath and awareness, Ecstatic Awakening Dance™ is done mainly with the eyes closed – the focus being on your inner experience.

The Ecstatic Awakening Dance™ method helps you to:

  • Release tension, stress and anxiety;Dance
  • Gain relief from the chattering mind;
  • Obtain freedom from emotional baggage by moving stuck energy;
  • Awaken to the power of Now;
  • Ignite your life-force energy;
  • Improve your fitness levels, health and vitality;
  • Become a non-judgmental ‘witness’ of your experiences – increasing self-awareness, self-love and acceptance;
  • Connect with your body’s inner wisdom and gain helpful insights;
  • Have fun, and open your heart to expanded states of joy, love, freedom, aliveness and unlimited potential;
  • Break the spell of separation and connect you to Oneness.

What is Active Meditation?:

In essence, meditation is a witnessing of whatever happens within ourselves (our body, mind, 
and emotions) and outside (the world around us) without 
reaction or judgement. It helps us to gain freedom from suffering created by our ego/thinking mind and the accompanying mental, emotional or physical symptoms. As we learn to quieten our minds and ‘see through’ our limited, mind-based ‘reality’, we become more able to connect with our true, core nature – one of peace, love, joy, abundance and wholeness.

“Your task is not to seek for love.  But merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”  –  Rumi

Traditionally, meditation has been practiced through 
passive sitting – watching the breath, body and mind. However, people suffering from high levels of tension, stress or unresolved emotions, or who simply prefer movement meditation, can also benefit from active forms of meditation in order to release some of stuck emotions and tension, before more peaceful states can be reached.

In essence, there is no difference between active and 
passive meditations. Whilst the techniques differ, their intent is the same – to empty 
the mind and help you connect more deeply with yourself and universal Oneness.

 The Process:

There are five stages to the Ecstatic Awakening Dance™  process:

1) Warm Up (15-20 minutes): A guided warmup, helping you loosen and relax your whole body from head to toe;

2) Shake (10-15 minutes): Focusing particularly on the pelvic area, where many people store tension, trauma or fear, this gentle yet powerful shaking technique helps to release tension, stuck energy and emotions – and to reawaken your ‘life force’ energy;

3) Ecstatic Dance (45-50 minutes): The main part of the process. Free-form, eyes-closed dance meditation where you begin to journey deep within yourself – exploring, experiencing, expressing, releasing and reconnecting with forgotten parts of yourself. The repetitive beats and simple breathing techniques help bring you into the present moment, stimulate ‘whole brain activity’ and facilitate a process of surrender and ‘letting go’ – enabling you to access deeper states of being and awareness.

As with sitting meditation, if you experience periods of discomfort, resistance or challenging emotions, you are encouraged to keep moving and breathing, and to become a loving witness to your experiences. After some time, you will experience a natural ‘letting go’ or a ‘dropping beneath’ the difficult sensations. By lovingly accepting all parts of yourself and your experience, a process of integration and healing occurs. By gradually surrendering to more and more layers of pain, resistance and past story, and connecting to the present moment through music and dance, we become more easily able to experience our natural states of peace, joy and oneness!

4) Stillness (10-15 minutes): when the music stops, you drop to the floor in silence, taking time to rest and relax. This in important part of the process, allowing for the integration of your experiences, and letting your energies and emotions settle.

5) Guided meditation (5 minutes): to help with grounding and transition back to every day life.

We finish with a closing circle, where there is the (optional) opportunity to share a few words or sentences about your experience if you choose.

Information for new participants:

Ecstatic Awakening Dance is a totally individual experience: there’s no right or wrong way to move or be, so no dance or meditation experience is required.

You’ll be given an explanation of the process at the start of the class, and I will guide you through each stage step by step, so there’s nothing you need to know or remember in advance.

Please Bring:

– Clothes that you’re comfortable dancing in. (I usually recommend dance barefoot.)

– A bottle of water to stay hydrated.

– A jumper and/or blanket for the lying down part of the class if you tend to get cold.

Cost:

£15.00 (or 5 classes for £60)

Concessionary rate £12.00 or £10.00 (pay what you can afford)

Dates and Booking:

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 Some previous participants’ experiences:

“I attended an Ecstatic Awakening Dance session with Silvie and it was a great experience!  She communicates something very special to each one of us. I felt immediately included in the group, secure and confident. I loved the music and the process, especially the shake. I felt released and relaxed after the session, as well as grounded and reconnected to my body. I don’t know what happened, but I was a different person after this experience. Thank you, Silvie!” – Orianne

 

 I have been to the ecstatic dance class many times now, and it is an excellent way to relax and de-stress. Silvie is a wonderful teacher, creates a warm atmosphere and takes you through every step of the process in a very clear way. I recommend the class to anyone who is looking to try something new and wants to have the chance to dance. ” – Katrina

 

“Thanks SO much for last Friday – I had such a wonderful experience and I’ll definitely be back. It’s given me something very settling and I’d really like to explore that more. Am very excited!” – Caroline

 

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“On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing, then it is the eternal dance or creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing…and dancing…and dancing. Until there is only…the dance.”    –  Michael Jackson