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OPENING TO JOY - weekly classes in Bioenergetic Alchemy™ Earth-Water-Fire-Ai­r
OPENING TO J.O.Y. Weekly classes in Bioenergetic Alchemy™ Body-Mind Integration Each week, we teach a Bioenergetic Alchemy™ ( sequence using the 4 elements, (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) as a map. Week 1 Earth - Grounding and Trauma Release ( Week 2 Water - Boundaries and Opening to Feeling ( Week 3 Fire - Vitality, Power & Assertiveness ( Week 4 Air - an introduction to Bioenergetic Breathwork ( Cost: £70 for all 4 classes/ £20 per class When: Friday 7-8:30pm (Please arrive on time) Where: The Skylight Centre ( 49 Corsica Street London N5 1JT ( 5 minute walk from Highbury & Islington tube) Things to bring: loose, comfortable clothes suitable for Yoga or Tai Chi & water bottle. Dates for your Calendar: High on Life Retreat - Fall in Love with your Life ( EcoTantra Retreat Portugal - A Life Transforming Experience ( Interview with Alexander Lowen, founder of Bioenergetics where he talks about the body-mind split - From Joy, by Alexander Lowen Joy, the surrender to the body and to life by Alexander Lowen Bioenergetic is based on the concept that a person is a unitary being and that what happens in the mind must also be happening in the body. Thus, if a person is depressed with thoughts of despair, helplessness and failure, his body will manifest a similar depressed attitude, evident in decreased impulse formation, reduced mobility and restricted breathing. All bodily functions will be depressed, including metabolism, resulting in lowered energy production. Of course, the mind can influence the body just as the body affects the mind. It is possible in some cases to improve one’s bodily functioning through a change in one’s mental attitude, but any change so induced will be temporary unless the underlying bodily processes are significantly changed. On the other hand, directly improving bodily functions such as breathing, moving, feeling and self-expression has an immediate and lasting effect on one’s mental attitude. In the final analysis, increasing a person’s energy is the fundamental change which the therapeutic process must produce if it is to reach its goal of freeing an individual from the restrictions of his past and the inhibitions of the present. Feedback from Seth's Bioenergetic Alchemy™ Classes: "This was one of the most powerful things I have done in ages. It has really shifted something for me. This morning I keep bursting into giggles! Thank you so much to Seth and everyone else who held the space." "Powerful stuff. Highly recommend giving it a go." "What an incredible time I had last night! When I arrived, I was feeling very low and in my head. The Bioenergetic Alchemy session brought me back to my body and allowed me to connect to some suppressed sadness. The ecstatic dance afterwards allowed me to express my joy and freedom. I feel alive, connected and expanded. I cannot put in words my deep gratitude for this experience!!: "What a release. Feeling all light & open by the end!" "Highly recommended: felt tensions slip away" "Really loving the sense of a developing community that's forming from these classes." "That was such a lovely way to spend a few hours. I feel sooo chilled out today, and the sun's out, and it's feeling like spring, and I'm still broke but it doesn't feel so bad any more. It's amazing to laugh with you all and to be part of something special. Thanks everyone, and thank you Seth xxx" _______________________________________________________________ If you would like to stay on for the dance/movement meditation class (8:30-10pm), you can pay just another £5.

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Enter an open space... and with bare feet explore the exhilarating feeling of moving your body freely. You are invited to move, play, connect, sweat, stretch, sound, unwind, renew, release, contact dance, improvise, transform. Be true to yourself, while respecting others in the sacred space we create together. This is a safe and respectful environment that embraces 'all ways'. It is a practice that supports the free expression of emotions and inner space through movement and music.

Our intention is self-exploration, connection, healing, expanding human potential and community building through freestyle ecstatic dance. No experience necessary.


Warm-up: 20 minutes people arrive, stretch, move/dance and reflect on the intention for the dance to a gentle sound wave.

The Practice: 100 minutes of freestyle dancing to a large sound wave. Some guidance is provided. We let the music, the community and our own inner space direct our steps, our movements, our expression, our journey.

Closing Circle: 5 minutes of OM`ing and/or group sound making, laughing and/or silence.

Tribal Social: 30 minutes of sharing food/drink/chat...just blissing out in the post Ecstatic Dance experience.

Our live music events are with "the Uks first ecstatic dance band" URUBU - "You Are You, Be You!

"One of London's most exciting world music ensembles!" URUBU is a unique collaboration of world-class musicians assembled for your dancing delight. Playing a fusion of world rhythms, voice, Sax/flute, didgeridoo and electronica, URUBU create a unique space for you to dance your body into its natural state of ecstasy!

"Global music phenomenon the Urubu Collective, has taken London by storm with their twice-monthly ecstatic dance events!! Urubu delivers a captivating blend of exotic improvisational world grooves from ambient, meditative piano & vocal pieces through to high octane Afro-percussion. Expect tribal wildness and beautiful songs, Gongs, sound healing and more."

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