What is CHAKRADANCE?CHAKRADANCE is a dance practice for body and soul. It’s a powerful experience that will free and energize you. It combines spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music to promote that wonderful state of calm vitality known as “wellbeing”.The music is the key, as it resonates deeply with each in turn of the seven major chakras – the energy centers thatintegrate and regulate our physical, mental and emotionalenergies. Many who have experienced it claim it hastransformed their lives for the better; others, simply that theyenjoyed it hugely.What makes it more than your normal belly-dancing or salsaclass?It’s not about steps or performance; you dance with your eyesclosed in a darkened room. It’s more like a dynamic, movingmeditation. It’s completely about freedom of expression; thereis no right way to CHAKRADANCE as everyone has his or herown rhythm and movement. With its roots in Jungianpsychology, CHAKRADANCE encourages people to dance forself-discovery and self-healing.What do you feel is the main attraction?The best thing about CHAKRADANCE is you don’t have tofollow a set routine to feel the benefits; you just let the musicmove you. People from all ages (16 – 90) can participate. Somepeople are attracted by the fact that it’s a fun and energeticworkout to great music. Other people say it leads to a spiritualawakening. Most people love it because it provides a havenaway from their stressed everyday lives, and a rare opportunityto find true freedom of expression.What makes someone want to be a CHAKRADANCE Facilitator?Natalie Southgate developed in 1998 because she wanted tocombine her work in Jungian psychology and chakra healingwith her passion for dance and music.In my own case..............What are the benefits (both physical and mental) ofCHAKRADANCE?The most obvious physical benefit is that it boosts your fitness.It’s a cardio workout that gets everything moving from yourface to your feet. It really gets your heart pumping; releasingendorphins to make you feel great. For those who are lookingfor a more spiritual connection, each workshop is designed towork a different chakra. There are seven main chakras; thesecenters of energy may be under or over active. Balancingthem leads to many benefits, including better relationships,improved confidence and self esteem, emotional health,enhanced creativity, and heightened inspiration and clarity.But the biggest benefit of all is the absolute freedom to beyourself!So it can be seen as a tool to improve overall health andwellbeing?Yes, absolutely. CHAKRADANCE is unique because it’s a crossbetween dynamic meditation and dance. It requires you toparticipate physically, emotionally, intellectually AND spiritually.It is extremely therapeutic, although not in an analytical way.The key to its healing power is the experience itself. Not only is ita new physical activity, CHAKRADANCE truly integrates bodyand soul.How would you describe the CHAKRADANCE experience?CHAKRADANCE is almost like entering into a waking dream.Specifically selected and composed music, and tailoredvisualizations help you tap into your inner world. You close youreyes and surrender to the music. From here the process involvesletting the movements emerge spontaneously. As the music’svibrations affect you, you may see images in your mind’s-eye,recall memories or gain insights related to each chakra. Youmay also feel emotions or physical sensations.Can the music really help balance a person’s chakras?Each of the seven chakras vibrates at its own frequency. Musicis able to balance the chakras by using the sound vibrations totune each energy center. The music is modern dance musicwith specific musical tones that resonate with the chakras.Interwoven with the music are the pure tones of crystal bowlssourced from across the globe, that release a vibrational soundfield that is an essential ingredient of each dance.CHAKRADANCE music has a lasting effect. The vibrationscontinue to pulse outward into our energy field long after thesounds have stopped playing. The more we experience thesehealing sounds, the greater and the more permanent theeffect. When the music is combined with spontaneous dance,the healing effect is magnified.How often would someone need to CHAKRADANCE for and forhow long, to achieve the full benefits?It’s possible to CHAKRADANCE for as little as 15 minutes a dayto feel the benefits of Chakradance. Most people get hookedafter their first time. Our Facilitators run a nine-week course of 90minute workshops with each class focusing on a differentchakra (as well as an introductory and integration class). Wealso run special three-hour workshops where you are guidedthrough the dance of all 7 chakras in one session. The moreregularly you do it the better. Each time you CHAKRADANCEthe experience is quite different. You can even practice athome – there’s a CHAKRADANCE DVD and CDs anddownloads of Chakradance music available through thewebsite – www.chakradance.comwww.chakradance.com
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