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,