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Your sacral chakra needs you- two ways to help

Posted in Self-Care and Self-Healing

How well do your know your chakra system? You know there’s seven of them, starting at the base of your spine and reaching to the crown of your head right? But did you know that for all seven energy centres to be healthy and flowing with beneficial energy, it’s vital that the lower three are in good shape.

Now I’m not going to get too technical here and bring in lots of Sanskrit language about nadis, prana and kundalini. No, because if you’re anything like me, your eyes will glaze over and you’ll stop reading. All we’re going to focus on here is the beautiful qualities of the sacral chakra known as Svadhisthana or ‘dwelling place of the self’. Okay, I’ll stop it now. Let’s get into the juicy details…

Our sacral chakra is a beautiful swirling energy vortex located in our pelvic region. It’s stimulated and recharged by the colour orange and is deeply connected to the element of water. One of the ways I like to visualise sacral chakra energy is to imagine there’s a glass bowl of water sitting in my pelvis and there’s a bright orange light in the centre of it, radiating out of my body in all directions. How about trying it now? Just sit comfortably and place your left hand over your lower abdomen and create this visualisation: The bowl of water sitting in your pelvis glows strongly at the centre and softer at the edges with a vibrant orange hue, shimmering and swirling in its liquid form.

The qualities governed by the sacral are feminine by nature. After all, it encompasses the female reproductive organs and the womb where babies form and grow. It’s all about creativity, procreation, pleasure and softness.  Well softness but also immense strength and life-giving powers. When we have a healthy sacral chakra we’re in touch with our need for sensual and sexual pleasure, our emotions and our creative urges. We feel calmly grounded in our physical attractiveness, sexuality and fertility – both literally, in our capacity to create new life through pregnancy and figuratively through say, a work of art.

What I’m going to give you now is two simple techniques to open and revitalise your sacral chakra. They’re easy and your physical body will love the benefits they bring.

One involves dancing and one involves stretching: First, let’s dance. Put on some music and put your hands on your hips. Place your feet comfortably apart and bend your knees…rotate your hips in a circle one way and then the other. swing your hips from side to side in time with the music. Just keep doing that, then go freestyle.  Swing, sway, wiggle, shake, hula, whatever feels good. While you’re doing this, breathe deeply, feel into your entire pelvic region and notice what’s there.

You may feel some heat or tingling or not much at all. No judgement. Accept what ‘is’ and try again tomorrow. Just spending three minutes a day, the length of a song, in sensual hip movement is a sure-fire way to liven up your sacral space and get some creative juices flowing again.

Now for the stretch.This is all about opening into the outer hips because if you’re like me and do a lot of sitting in chairs, walking, cycling or running, your hips might be strong, but they may not be very flexible. Our whole hip and pelvic region, inside and out, plays an important role in our sacral chakra function. I’m a big fan of pigeon pose, either on the back or leaning over the bent leg. Simple grab a mat or find a soft carpet and move gently into one of these poses…

Once you’re in the pose, relax and breathe normally for a couple of minutes and then change sides. And here’s my disclaimer, I’m not a yoga teacher, so if you’re not already familiar with these poses from your own practice, wait until you do them in a yoga class before trying them on your own.

Finally, well, I didn’t want to mention it but there it is, staring us all in the face. Of course regular sex is wonderful for stimulating and freeing up sacral chakra energy. Orgasm is the ultimate sacral energiser. There, I said it. Reclaiming and honouring the sacral will open up your capacity to fully enjoy life and take full ownership of your immense creative potential.

Book a session with me and I’ll use my intuitive abilities to do a reading of your chakra health and help you to bring greater energy flow to the ones that aren’t all shiny and bright.

And if you haven’t already, subscribe to my page and get the gift of not only five amazing healing meditations but also just for March, a $30 gift voucher to spend on a single session with me.

 

Feel The Fear but Don’t Let it Run Your Life

Posted in Live From Intuition, and Live Your Passions

Two whole years ago I launched a dance class for women in a community hall in my town.  I’d only been living here for six months when I began this bold new venture and to be completely blunt, it failed.

Sure, a few women turned up, I had some fun (in only slightly greater measure than the terror), and I met the most lovely and inspiring 73 year old woman who became a friend and meditation buddy.

I wrote this post: The Healing Power of Dance as I began this short but sweet journey in 2012

These feet just wanna dance!
These feet just wanna dance!

So, here I am again, I’ve booked the space, created a flyer and started publicising it in facebook.  In just under two weeks I’ll be leading a healing dance class for women in my little country town.

This time I have a much bigger network of contacts to invite, I am more in tune with my inner guidance and open to receiving spontaneous inspiration moment by moment AND I’m still scared.

The fear is with me every time I think about it, when I ponder the music selection and when I tell anyone about it.

And….I’m doing it anyway.  I’ve spent decades wanting to dance for a living and now, at the ripe-ish age of 44, it would seem, now is the time.

My message here is that we all have creative energy and for many of us, it’s our life’s work here on planet Earth to uncover, release and live that energy every day.

I haven’t achieved anything yet, my first women’s healing dance class is running on Saturday 22nd November at 8.00 in the morning (wish me luck).  And yet I feel proud and calm and certain that this time it will take off and fly and that I will be along for the ride with joy, passion and freedom.

In essence, feeling fearful about a new idea, project or business venture just means we care a lot about it and ourselves.  All that’s needed is baby steps.  Take that first step and see where it leads.  Don’t let fear stop you from trying because what I’ve discovered is the more we face our fears and move ahead anyway, the more daring we become.

Keep these three things in mind:

  • Our fears can also be our excitement
  • Our fears can be our ego/mind just trying to keep us safe
  • Fear is just another emotion that when acknowledged, blessed and felt, is then free to morph into another expression of who we are.

Our family holiday in Spain took me right out of my comfort zone and everything turned out great. What I took from that experience was that’s it’s safe to take risks and why not simply trust that it will all be okay?

Small success leads to bigger success

Oh and by the way, that friend of mine in her seventies, well she’s booked her place to dance with me on the 22nd.  Cool huh?

For some personal support and guidance with facing your fears make an appointment with me .  We can connect over the phone or on Skype at a time that suits you.

Blessings, Tricia

The Healing Power of Dance

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To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak  – Hopi Indian Saying

I’m getting really excited (and just a teensy bit nervous) about running my first Red Lily Dance class next week.

Since beginning the process of ‘playing’ at (rather than ‘working’ at) creating this class and having fun with it,  I can already feel its healing power having a wonderful affect on me.  I have never felt so in tune with, or strong in my body.  My mind has been clearer and I have felt much calmer in my heart.

And the lovely thing about all this is I’m just doing what comes naturally! I’ve always loved to dance and now I’m making it a regular part of my week.

I’m drawing on my background of attending a pretty wide variety of dance classes over the years since going along to my first jazz ballet class at the age of eleven and loving it.  I took up classical ballet for a year when I was 15.  Since then it’s been mainly jazz and contemporary styles that I have been drawn to.  More recently, my regular yoga practise and a healing dance class called Wu Tao I attended regularly a couple of years ago, have both inspired me to create this class.

Red Lily Dance combines graceful, flowing (and fun) dance with breathing exercises, gentle stretching and a meditation to finish each class. The music I am using is varied, but songs by Deva Premal and Chris James are a featured strongly, as I have had first-hand experience of the healing power of these artists.

It is my belief that song and dance are natural to us all. All of the ancient cultures I can bring to mind, dance and sing each day. Dancing allows us to balance and revitalise our energy pathways, move our attention from the mind (where many of us dwell too much) back into the body, and express our feelings; joy, sadness, anger, love!

Yet doing this naturally and from the heart is something we’ve largely lost in modern western culture.

Well, I’m bringing it back and giving the women of Dunsborough and Busselton the opportunity to join me in getting back in touch with this aspect of themselves. Margaret River and Busselton classes coming soon!

Stepping way out of my comfort zone to create this class has been a wonderful process for me.  I’ve received some lovely encouragement from friends and anyone I’ve told about it really.  And a couple of weeks ago, I received a loving nudge from the universe to keep going when I met (by chance) a local woman producing a community theatre musical. Upon hearing about my class, she asked if I would be able to help her with some choreography for the play.  Of course I said yes and on the weekend I went along to their Sunday rehearsal and helped her pull together one of the song and dance numbers.

It was great fun and a wonderful validation that I am absolutely on the right track.  Yay!

It just shows me how when we are ready to pursue what is truly our heart’s desire, then all of Heaven and Earth will pull together to support us.

Are you ready to take a leap in the direction of your heart?

love and light,

Tricia



Making Friends With My Body

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From The Dance Buzz blog. (not a photo of me, but how spectacular!)

Ugh.  Even writing that title brings up some discomfort in me.

How thoroughly we western women were raised to critique, disconnect from and even hate our bodies.

Since throwing myself whole-heartedly into creating dances and warm-up and stretching routines for my classes, I have begun to get to know my 41 year-old body in a whole new way.

I’ve always had a pretty healthy body image (thanks Mum), I do a yoga class every week and I get outside for a walk most days, but I haven’t really pushed my body too hard in recent years.

Now, thankfully the dance classes I am creating are gentle, flowing and although will raise a sweat, are not about huffing and puffing or straining, so the chances of any sort of injury are remote.  However, the ways I am moving my body are a little different to the other activities I have been doing lately, so I’m feeling a little tender here and there.

These physical sensations have brought some interesting beliefs to the surface in me such as a fear of not physically being able to keep up the new pace I am setting,  a fear of not being a good enough dancer or teacher and of course fear of no-one turning up.  Most of all, I have become aware of how I still lack true love and appreciation for my wonderful body.

But hey, I’ve got to acknowledge how far I’ve come already.

I started telling myself in my early thirties that I was too old to contemplate integrating dance into my working life in any real way.  When I was 38 I ended up running music and movement classes for mums and toddlers for a year or so and made a success of it.  I didn’t really know why I was doing this in conjunction with starting my natural therapies work, but now it all sort of makes sense.

The kids’ music classes gave me confidence in arranging, promoting and managing this style of business.  And three years later, here I am doing it again!  But this time it’s really coming from my heart and it’s all me.  At 41 I’m actually feeling looser, stronger and more confident than I did at 31.  Plus, it just feels right.  I’m ready and I know my body is going to faithfully carry me through this next part of our journey together.

Take a moment now to tune into your body.  Maybe focus on your feet.  When all is working well, we taking these amazing  instruments completely for granted.  Just being able to walk, run, dance and skip whenever we feel like it is a huge gift!

Feel your feet on the floor, wiggle your toes, look at them, thank them. Being present, in gratitude, with a part of your body or your whole body for a few minutes each day  is a lovely meditation.

Breathe in, breathe out.  Haaaaahh.

Dance on,

Tricia

Getting On With Life

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A winter-flowering Silver Princess. The Silver Princess Essence helps to clarify life purpose and direction

I’ve felt a strong sense of ‘getting on with things‘ happening for me in the last couple of weeks.

Anyone else feeling an increase in their momentum, a gentle push forward, an encouraging pull from up ahead?

Since deciding to run my first ever dance class for women and taking action to make it happen, like booking a venue and getting help from my lovely designer Lou to put a flyer together (Aahh! Am I really doing this?!!), other aspects of my life have started to flow better too.

It feels as though now that I am truly doing what my heart desires, the universe, my spiritual supporters and my own inner self are rushing forward to support me and keep me on track.

I feel stronger and healthier in my body, I am more peaceful and easy-going and I feel a strong sense that creating this dance class is an important door to step through along my life’s pathway.

I am still loving seeing clients in my work as intuitive counsellor, kinesiologist and flower essence practitioner.  It feels as though there will now be three components to my working life: Individual client work, dance teaching and writing.  They will all fit together and flow and mingle as my fully expressed, uniquely ‘Tricia Woods’ life.

Many of the women I meet in my practice have an unexpressed inner yearning to do something (usually creative or artistic) in their lives that they are afraid to do.  I’ve been afraid to be a dancer, even though it is one of the first words I have always used to describe myself in private.

I return yet again to the way our children are who they are.  They just are!!

Perhaps by looking into our hearts and feeling into what we loved doing or being as a child, we can reveal our true purpose?

Try this as a meditation and see what comes up.  These deep truths really can set us free because when we do what comes naturally, all of life feels that much easier and sweeter.

More about Red Lily Dance next time…

Love and twirling around for fun,

Tricia

I Feel Abundant When…

Posted in Create Abundance

Walking with the family along the Cape to Cape track at Canal Rocks, Yallingup

I feel abundant when…

My family and I get outside for a walk in our magnificent surrounds on a cold but sunny winter’s day

I talk to a dear friend on the phone

I dance and sing

I see a rainbow or a butterfly

I step outside each night to look at the beautiful starry sky

I walk in the bush or on a long, quiet beach

I take a fresh batch of biscuits or a cake out of the oven

We receive our spring water delivery for the fortnight

My kids come and give me a hug while I am still waking up in the morning

I am working with a client and feeling so connected with them and the universe

My car is full of fuel

I have just finished cleaning the house

I am preparing to have guests come and stay with us for the weekend

I bring my awareness to the light shining brightly in the centre of my being

I hear my children giggling in delight together

I smell my favourite flower, a rose in perfect bloom

I give thanks for my magically blessed life

Namaste

Tricia

If I Weren’t Afraid I Would…

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A rainbow after the storm in Dunsborough June 2012

Like my rainbow? I love how it looks like the rainbow is supporting the grey cloud and the blue sky is protected underneath. Here’s another…

Beautiful rainbow colours

Well, the second half of the year has begun,  and don’t underestimate the power of June becoming July to jump-start your goals for the remainder of 2012.

With the solstices (winter down here in the southern hemisphere and summer up there where the majority of humans dwell), occurring the week before last, comes a New Year feeling in terms of the energetic influence they bring.

Here in Australia we are welcoming the gradual lengthening of our daylight hours and the accompanying increases in energy, motivation and productivity, in place until our summer solstice in December.  Hey, I need some of this because June turned out to be just as slow and unproductive for me as May was.

Although I know we need that time of turning inward, rest, reflection, processing and planning, I just don’t enjoy it.

So with that early winter shedding of the old and outdated, over and done with, I’m feeling ready to move forward and create!

This is a wonderful time of the year to begin new projects, revive old ones that need joojshing and move ahead with your life in general.

I recently confessed to a friend that what I really want to do now is create a dance class for women in my local community.  Wow!  That was easier than I thought.

I’ve had the dream of dancing with other women in a style of my own creation to healing music, for a couple of years.  Sharing it with my dear friend felt a little scary, but with her loving encouragement plus allowing myself to sit with it for a week, it feels completely natural to be writing about it here now.

It’s reminded me of an exercise the amazing Sonia Choquette gets people to take themselves through when they are in need of remembering what they love the most in life and what they would like to do with their lives.

She says, “Ask yourself this question: If I weren’t afraid I would….? and fill in the blank”

Sonia recommends doing this over and over again to see what comes up into your mind most strongly and most often.

For me, the answer most consistently and actually quite patiently as been “dance”.

So, it feels as though the time is right for me to move forward with this dream and make it happen.  I’m very nervous and unsure about how it will unfold, but I’m feeling ready to explore, trust and open up to whatever comes.

Perhaps you are ready to pose this question to yourself?

Enjoy the lengthening days!

Love and laughter,

Tricia