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,
This love child was born
Riding waves of prayer and dance
Bringing love and joy
Meet PranaShatki™. She’s the love child that was born through me as a culmination of 35 years of studying and teaching movement from all around the world.
My love for movement started with 1980’s aerobics (complete with matching leg warmers and head band) and took me on a journey that included Nia, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga , Exotic Dance, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and a doctoral dissertation researching mind/body interactions and healing through movement.
When I teach a PranaShakti™ class, my intention is to help people remove energy blocks, liberate trapped energy, reconnect mind and body, reawaken creativity, express emotions, pray with the body, celebrate life and ultimately come home to peace, love, joy and freedom. It all happens in what my dance community calls a “sweaty church dance party.”
If you’re ever in Austin, I’d love for you to drop by and join me.
Earth moves around sun
Moon pulling tides in and out
Changes? Bring it on!
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I am not an astrologer. I don’t believe the movement of the planets determines my life. But I do believe that the movement of the planets affects the energy in and around me. Just like the movement of the sun can make it too hot to work outside and the movement of the moon affects the tides. So when I’m planning for my PranaShakti dance class, I take into account what’s going on in the heavens.
One of my go-to astrologers for this information is Anne Ortelee. She publishes a weekly ‘weather forecast’ that helps me understand what kind of planetary influences may be affecting us. Then I weave that information into the theme of the class.
Here are just a couple of snippets from her most recent report:
Venus has three unions with Jupiter (July 1, August 4, and October 25) and three squares with Saturn (July 14, August 5, October 10). As Venus dances back and forth with Jupiter and Saturn, she’s figuring out what the future holds for her (and you). She’s in Leo the first two times ~ encouraging the heart to choose the path it needs to take. You are starting a new 12 year abundance cycle with Jupiter and a new 8 year heart cycle with Venus. Think back to the Augusts of 2007, 1999, 1991, 1983, 1975, and 1967 to see your heart path of Venus unfolding in your life!
Mars is in Cancer until August 8. Every 2 ½ days, we are going to change our work and emotional focus as Mars shifts our activities according to the Moon’s changes. MARS OUT OF BOUNDS DOES NOT FOLLOW THE RULES!! Family matters move front and center and are absolutely CRAZY! Your Cancer house is CRAZY. Mars whipping through the Cancer house of your chart, with no constraints from the ego, kicks butt and takes no prisoners. It also gets TONS of stuff done!
When I read that, my immediate response was “BRING IT ON!”
So I created a class with that theme.
If you’d like to dance with us from wherever you are, here’s the playlist I put together.
Bring it on!