Archive of ‘Dance’ category

What do do when you feel both bliss AND grief.

BLISS & GRIEF

Last night I went to bed dreaming of creating a joyful celebratory PranaShakti class and woke up at 5 feeling uneasiness in the pit of my stomach.

After lighting candles and saying prayers I opened my computer to begin preparing for class and discovered the horrors of chemical attacks in Syria.

Immediately back at my altar, praying, I heard “Dance your grief to clear your heart. Then send bliss energy to all who are in pain.”

It seems impossible to feel bliss (deep joy and the ecstasy of being alive) when so many are suffering. But it’s a discipline I’m practicing because I’ve learned that I cannot suffer enough to ease a person’s suffering. In fact, my mind cannot create solutions from a place of suffering.

So we danced bliss AND grief to recalibrate our bodies, minds and emotions in order to then step back into the world to be of service – each in our own way.

I recorded the opening song “Be the Light” by Paul Luftenegger and wanted to share it with you so you can move to the beautiful melody and lyrics to open your heart and move emotions through and out of your body.

May all beings be well,
Deb

Turbulent Times Require Furious Dancing

Shocked, numb, angry, sad
Frightened and disillusioned
This is why we danced.

This morning we came together, my beautiful, diverse, open-hearted community of women and I, to do the thing that made most sense after a tense election night: dance.

Leading this class is a high honor. It’s my calling to help women move emotions through and out of their bodies, to help them unblock constrictions and release limited perceptions of themselves and the world through this class I call PranaShakti.

As I prepared I knew it would be a powerful class. And it was. Most women who arrived were feeling shocked, angry, sad and very frightened.  We moved through ALL of those feelings until we were centered and calm. Until we could feel the palpable presence of the Divine.

Then we could feel hope and love again. And our calm minds were free to imagine a future that would draw us forward rather than one we wanted to escape.

The music I chose carried us on this journey – so I wanted to share it with you. My prayer is that you will play some or all of these songs to help you move whatever emotions you are feeling during these turbulent times and that you, too, will be left with feelings of hope, love and an image of the future that will draw you forward.

post-election-play-list

Being a Warrior Goddess for Beauty, Truth and Love.

This is a banner week for me.

I’m leading my first ever teacher training….teaching women how to lead PranaShakti dance class.

As you know, I love teaching my  PranaShakti dance class.  It’s way more than a dance class. As the women in my class say, it’s church + a workout + a dance party + therapy”.  For me, it’s all of those things….plus it’s my community. My sisterhood. My red tent.  I can’t explain the huge love I have for this class and these women.  It’s beyond words.  

For more than 15 years, women have asked me if I’d train them to teach the way I teach.

And for 15 years I’ve said “No…  I simply don’t have the bandwidth or the desire. My energy is focused on providing for and raising my amazing son.”

But things changed.

The day my son signed his letter of intent to join the swim team at the University of Missouri, a portion of my brain was freed up and I literally heard a voice say, You can train PranaShakti teachers now.  

So I called the women who had been asking me to train them and I committed to creating a training.  That was in October of 2015, and I set the training date for July 28-31, 2016.

I chose to make this first training a ‘beta test’ in order make sure I create the best teacher training possible.

To my surprise, when I made a single post on FaceBook about my intention to lead this beta test training, TWENTY-TWO women enrolled in less than 4 hours!

So as you read this, I am sharing everything I know with those 22 women so they can return to their communities and spread the healing.

One of the purposes of a PranaShakti class is to help women move and express emotion through their bodies.  I speak with women all over the world when I’m doing Intuitive Guidance sessions and I’d say that at least 90% of the time my Guides insist that I help these women find some place to dance where they live.  Women need to dance!  

There’s a lot going on in the world and in your own life, so I know you are feeling many emotions right now.  I hope you have a place to dance and a community to dance with so you can keep moving those emotions through.  If you don’t, then look for Nia , Qoya, Journey Dance, 5 Rhythms, Zumba  or Ecstatic Dance where you live.  And someday, maybe there’ll be a PranaShakti class nearby

Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you what I read in class today as well as the playlist I used. My prayer is that these words help you access stuck emotions and that you will dance to the playlist in order to liberate those stuck emotions. That’s what we did. And we stepped out into the world to radiate beauty, truth and love.

Here’s what I read in class:

Excerpt from *PRONOIA IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR PARANOIA*
By Rob Breszny

Let me remind you who you really are: You’re an immortal
freedom fighter who longs to liberate all sentient creatures from
their suffering. You’re a fun-loving messiah who devoutly wants
to help all of your fellow messiahs claim the ecstatic awareness
that is their birthright.

Try to remember. You’re a vortex of fluidic light that has
temporarily taken on the form of a human being, suffering
amnesia about your true origins. And why did you do that?
Because it was the best way to forge the identity that would
make you such an elemental force in our 14-billion-year
campaign to bring heaven all the way down to earth.

I’m not speaking metaphorically here. You are a mutant deity
in disguise—not a Buddha or a Christ exactly, but of the same
lineage and conjured from the same fire. You have been
around since the beginning of time and will be here after the
end. Every day and in every way, you’re getting better at playing
the preposterously amusing master game we all dreamed up
together before the Big Bang bloomed.

Lately, I must admit, our work has seemed almost comically
impossible. Many of us have given in to the temptation to
believe that everything is upside-down and inside-out.
Ignorance and inertia, partially camouflaged as time-honored
morality, seem to surround us.

Pessimism is enshrined as a hallmark of worldliness.
Compulsive skepticism masquerades as perceptiveness. Mean-
spirited irony is chic. Stories about treachery and degradation
provoke a visceral thrill in millions of people who think of
themselves as reasonable and smart. Beautiful truths are
suspect and ugly truths are readily believed.

So no, at this peculiar turning point in the evolution of our 14-
billion-year-old master game, it’s not easy to carry out our
mission. We’ve got to be both wrathful insurrectionaries and
exuberant lovers of life. We’ve got to cultivate cheerful
buoyancy even as we resist the temptation to swallow thousands
of delusions that have been carefully crafted and seductively
packaged by those messiahs among us who bravely
volunteered to play the role of know-it-all deceivers.

We have to learn how to stay in a good yet unruly mood as we
overthrow the sour, puckered mass hallucination that is
mistakenly referred to as “reality.”

Maybe most importantly, we have to be ferociously and single-
mindedly dedicated to the cause of beauty and truth and love
even as we keep our imaginations wild and hungry and free. We
have to be both disciplined and rowdy.

And here’s the playlist we danced to:

Playlist-July29

May you step up as a warrior goddess for beauty, truth and love.

You sister,
Deb

Two Secrets to Surviving Chaos

I’m going to cut to the chase.

In my community and in my family, there’s been a lot of chaos in the last few weeks.

So I thought I’d share the two most powerful tools I have for surviving times like this.

Surrender
Surrender gets a bad rap because people think it means ‘giving up.’ But the kind of surrender I’m talking about means letting go of the way you think things ‘should’ be going, releasing all your frustration and fear, and aligning yourself with Divine Will.

I learned the following petition from Robert Fritchie (who teaches a course on how to heal with Divine Love at http://www.WorldServiceInstitute.org) and I use it often:

“With my soul, I accept Divine Love and surrender my will to the Creator’s Will.  I acknowledge (state the problem here) and ask that the source of this (problem) be released and corrected with Divine Love according to the Creator’s Will.”

Dance

Dancing helps move all the fear, frustration, anxiety, worry, confusion and anger out of my body  – which makes true surrender possible.

Here’s the playlist I used today.  My best advice is to put this music on, let it move you, and then at the end…when you’re all danced out…. lie on the floor and surrender.

 

Playlist

Blessings of peace and comfort,
Deb

What happens when you have to wait? Lessons from Cuba.

I just returned from taking a group to Cuba for a Yoga + Cultural Adventure.  And what an adventure it was!!  In order to share the immensity of what I learned, saw, felt, experienced… I decided to start at the beginning and send you a bit each week.

I hope you enjoy this peek into the magical, musical, mesmerizing island of Cuba!

Lesson #1:  You must wait.

Our group of 15 adventurous yogis and yoginis arrived ensemble on a flight from Cancun to Havana.  We excitedly awaited our bags.  After an hour, when the carousel began to move, our bags didn’t appear.  The folks who had arrived from Madrid gathered their bags and left.  We waited.  Then the folks who arrived from Paris gathered their bags and left.  We waited.  Then the folks who arrived from Berlin gathered their bags and left.  We waited.  Our group leader, a spunky American married to a Cuban, inquired about our bags.  She was told:  “You must wait.”  

This is when the true practice of yoga happens.    It’s the choice to be present to ourselves and not escape with distractions or substances.  Just be present.  Breath and mind.  Body and soul.

It reminds me of this quote from Sue Monk Kidd’s “When the Heart Waits”

“What has happened to our ability to dwell in the unknowing, to live inside a question and coexist with the tensions of uncertainty? Where is our willingness to incubate pain and let it birth something new? What has happened to patient unfolding, to endurance? These things are what form the ground of waiting.”

And so we began our Cuban Yoga Adventure.   Our patient group stretched, meditated, chatted and endured FIVE HOURS waiting for bags and then celebrated with gusto when they arrived.

 

Cuba_Airport

 

On our first morning we had the great pleasure and honor to take a yoga class with the Godfather of Yoga in Cuba, Eduardo Pimentel (I’ll tell you more about him in another installment.)  He opened class by saying “I hear you already began your yoga practice in baggage claim last night.  That is yoga.  Learning to find compassion in every situation.”

 

Cuba_Dance

 

On our last 2 days we headed to the beach.  Enthusiastically, we loaded ourselves into 2 small buses.  In less than a block, one of the buses broke down – a situation that in our former, fast-paced lives would have irritated and frustrated us.  But by this point, our yogic practice of waiting had transformed us.  Irritation and frustration were replaced with laughter and dance.  (It didn’t hurt that the bus driver had been trained in yoga while in the military. He told us dance and yoga are both good for increasing prana and opening chakras!)

There it was.  The fruit of our yoga practice:  an automatic response of laughter and dance in the face of being inconvenienced.

It may seem like a small thing, but think about it.  How much better would your life be if your automatic response to inconveniences was to laugh and dance? (Tweet it)

My wish for all of us is to be able to do just that.

Cuba_Travel

 

 

Here’s to more laughter and dance in your life,

Deb

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