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I'm excited to introduce Dance Your Demons with Tara Harper to the NYC Integral community! Open to all.

A profound and compassionate embrace of our human experience, including the shadow or disowned self, is an important aspect of integral practice. In shadow, habits and beliefs run like an invisible operating system. This takes valuable energy - energy that we need for our creative expression, passionate work, vibrant health and very importantly to stabilize and abide as our highest expressions of ourselves.

Inviting the hidden parts of self to show themselves so that we can not only acknowledge them, but relate to them and even walk or move around in their perspective, instigates a transformational friction that releases us from their grip.

During this session we will have an opportunity to use a movement practice to creatively engage with shadow. Dance Your Demons is a cathartic as well as tender and all embracing shadow practice. It could be seen as a movement 3-2-1 Process.

No prior dance experience is required. There is also no need to worry about how you'll look dancing, because in this practice we wear blindfolds to both engage our imagination and provide anonymity, while remaining in the support of a shared group intention. Also no one will be asked or expected to go beyond their own willingness in this practice. Comfortable clothing is suggested. Two powerful premises are at work in Dance Your Demons. The first is based in movement therapy - that when we move in ways that we are not accustomed to, patterns of how we think and feel are revealed. As an example, yoga uses asana to assist us in facing our embodied energetic blocks.

The second is based in transpersonal psychology – that which we are in conscious relationship with, transforms.

Dance Your Demons is guided, yet allows for the spontaneity that coaxes the hidden out of the shadows into our awareness. By consciously relating to our demons, they become our most dedicated servants, teachers, and guides. Rather than running our lives, the shadow enrichens in a truly vibrant “transcend and include” embodied embrace of all that you are.

For a more detailed description of Dance Your Demons see: http://dharmadance.co/dance-your-demons/

There will be a $10 suggested donation for space rental. -----
Tara Harper is the founder of Dharma Dance and SEA Bellydance, embodied awakening modalities that draw on ancient movement arts and contemporary rituals.

Tara’s studies in women’s spirituality and alternative healing, led her to the profound and often misunderstood shamanic practice of bellydance. For over 7 years, she performed and lived in exclusive venues in India, Thailand and Malaysia as a bellydance artist, while also diving into the many opportunities for meditation and other spiritual teachings. She has over 20 years of experience with emotional release work and has participated in and facilitated numerous healing events for individuals and groups.

In Dharma Dance, Tara weaves the empowering movement vocabulary of bellydance with her studies in movement therapy, shamanism, Wicca, yoga, tantra, taoism, emotional release and numerous meditation practices; fusing her knowledge with her life experience to create classes and events that connect and expand mind, body and spirit. Tara now lives with her husband in New York City creating embodied awakening events and classes. www.TaraStarDancer.com; http://www.DharmaDance.co