Dancing in the Fires of Truth: a Weekend of Fearlessness in Practice
Explore the depths of the magical and often elusive space between the lower and upper body, also known as the “core”. It is in this space, anatomically the diaphragm, solar plexus, and the junction between lumbar and thoracic spine, where countless thought systems identify the fire and power of will, our very capacity to live fearlessly and to manifest the deepest expression of who we truly are.
Part 1: Core Strength, Breath and Self-Expression
The “core” is that which aligns us to our truth; it is our deepest and most inherent desire to express the depths of who we are. This first workshop will tap into recognizing and maximizing “core strength” through the lens of mobilizing, stabilizing and integrating the breathing and pelvic-floor diaphragms and the structures that support them. By way of uncovering and repairing physical and mental “leaks”, or places where we allow our strength, our breath, or our stories to disintegrate, we will construct a deeply personal physical practice that expresses fearlessness and joy. Postures like arm balances, handstand and headstand will be the height of this exploration. A variety of options and variations will be offered so that each student may effectively tailor and express their personal narrative through asana.
Part 2: Connection, Integration and Freedom
Building upon day one, we will take those “core” concepts and carry them forward, adding an emphasis of mobilizing and integrating the whole self. The standing and seated asanas unfold into an endless supply of inspiration and depth when approached beyond passive, static shapes. Each posture becomes a dance of leveraging, connecting to and then owning our personal power and thus our freedom. After an intense and rich practice of active versus passive pelvic- and hip- opening, the work will culminate in stillness and self-reflection. Breath work and mindfulness meditation become the final stratus of our foundations of fearlessness, and the bridge between the physical postures and the far more challenging postures of everyday life.
These two sessions are meant to be taken together as a whole experience, but may also be taken separately.