Expressing our aspirations for the New Year through dance and gentle yoga. Connecting with our heart energy, the earth, the elements, the chakras and the world around us…
Visioning and dreaming into our heartfelt intentions through journalling, candles, flowers…relaxing into a deliciously nourishing session of Yoga Nidra and closing with a life-affirming ritual to light up our year. Ritual is a way of taking a pause on our life path to see more clearly where we are at and where we are heading….just perfect for the New Year!
Moon is waxing too as we head towards the workshop and will be full on the day which is awesome – her energy will double whammy our intentions!
THIS WILL BE A SUBLIME WORKSHOP AND A BEAUTIFUL AFFIRMATION OF THE NEW YEAR.
Gently honouring our femininity through dance, yoga and ritual, feeling our connection with ourselves, each other and the nourishing Divine Mother energy of our earth. Gracious time-out for us to rest, relax and restore.
So many blessings to you all as we ease into the New Year, may it be filled with love, peace, inspiration and growth.
I had some lovely, quiet down time between Christmas and the New Year, time to reflect, rest and rejuvenate. I realise how deeply rest is needed. We have such busy lives and don’t always give ourselves permission to drop the ball and sink into quietness and relaxation. I did loads of Yoga Nidra during my quiet time and feel so much better for it. And also see how much more productive and creative I am when I give myself the down time. It’s easy to just keep ploughing on without stopping, but is it worthwhile? If we don’t slow down, we tend to ‘react’ to life from habitual thinking and conditioning, rather than ‘respond’. By slowing down, we have the possibility to see where we are putting our energy and time, if we are using them wisely, and what is really important for us. I know for me, that when I rush through life, I make mistakes, get in a muddle and end up chasing my tail. So my intention for the year is to slow things down a bit…and I know that by doing that, I am more likely, paradoxically, to be more productive and creative! And feel much better too.
What are your dreams and aspirations for your life this year? Rather than setting the usual resolutions (which is too hard a word to use and usually leads to failure), how about pondering intentions instead. Rather than setting ourselves up for failure, can we be kinder and more gentle with ourselves? The classic of course, after all those mince pies and goodies, is to set a resolution to lose a stone or whatever it looks like. How often have you set a resolution only to abandon it a week or so later? How about having the intention to eat more healthily and watch the goodies, to treat ourselves to a relaxation or yoga class weekly, instead of setting a target amount to lose? Just an example of how we can be gentle rather than hard. Intentions are about easing into a new way of being without bashing ourselves over the head – maybe taking a moment to light a candle as you make your intention. Candles always help me to bring some light to what it is I am easing into, and makes it a sacred moment.
Women’s Workshop – New Year, New Beginnings
Sunday 20th January 10.30am – 1.30pm
I am holding an exquisite workshop on Sunday 20th January especially for women, as a blessing for our New Year- New Beginnings. Why not come along and align with your intentions, supporting and nourishing each other? It is such a healing act for women to spend time with other like-minded women in a circle of sacred sisterhood, and to honour ourselves with self-nurture and support. I do hope you will join us for this magical event.
New classes also starting this year – Nourishing Yoga and Yoga Nidra – and dedicated Women’s Wellness Yoga monthly class for mornings of deep self-care and joyful practices! See here for more details. I am also planning some great workshops for women which will be coming on line soon.
Whatever your year looks like, may it include some deeply nourishing practices, some self-honouring and loads of joy and laughter! And new things to experiment with! I am also intending to try things outside of my comfort zone this year and see where it leads…Om Shanty!
Snowing again the morning of my Dancemantra class…but it didn’t deter everyone and we had a small, energetic group which flowed together perfectly. The Barn in Horsham was toasty warm and made a nice change from our usual venue.
It is so rewarding to see our regular dancers becoming more relaxed with each session and to witness how their dance has changed since we started in July last year. The more we dance, the more we heal and move into life with confidence and clarity, leaving behind what we no longer need, and bringing in that which we do. We had a newcomer who threw herself whole-heartedly into the dance and took to it like a duck to water, thoroughly enjoyed it, felt amazing afterwards, and also delighted to experience how quickly things shift and change, emotions long held, new visions yet to be lived, all comes to light when we dance from the heart.
Blossoming into Spring with snow gently falling….
Next Dancemantra event is with Kathryn on Sunday 22nd April and will be a workshop called ‘Tantric Heart – Seemless Being’ and will be a three hour session from 10.30 to 13.30 at the usual Lower Beeding venue with its wonderful light and sprung dance floor. I am also going to run a taster session at Total Therapy Studios for an hour and a half on the morning of Saturday 21st April for those who aren’t too sure if this is for them. A shorter session might be just the thing to give an idea of what Dancemantra is all about.
Please do come and join us for one of our regular events, details always available on the Dancemantra page or the calendar.
Yesterday morning saw us dancing our way to bliss and falling into grace again at the Lower Beeding venue with its sprung dance floor, and a great group who entered into it all with openness and enthusiasm! Kathryn led us on a dance through the elements to a fab play list which got us all shaking our stuff, leaving behind tension and finding our natural joy and laughter. It was a pleasure for me to participate and not lead this time, which is one of the reasons Kathryn and I take turns to lead, we both love to dance and participate too! Oh how I love doing this, so freeing, a good workout and a chance to connect too. If you haven’t tried it yet, please come along and give it a go. There are no steps to learn, some guidance is given.. and you just let your heart guide your feet! It’s easy, enjoyable and a lot of fun.
Have a look at our Dancemantra uk dance collective on Facebook and join the group for updates on events.
The next one “Blossoming into Spring” takes place on Saturday 17th March at the Barn, St Marys Church, Horsham. You can book online which is preferable, or you can come along on the day if you don’t want to commit beforehand. We so look forward to seeing you and welcoming you into our dance tribe who are fast-growing. Many of our dancers arrived with just a little trepidation, not sure what to expect, and loved it! Well, they keep coming back so something good is happening! See you in March for our next monthly event. Love Nalini x
A lot of good feedback has come for the first event run by Prem yesterday ‘Let your Yoga Dance’ and it is great to know that so many of the participants enjoyed experimenting with dance and movement in this way, and also that the experience went deep too.
We are both really happy to be offering this service to our community, it really gives an invitation to open your heart and see what happens.
Conscious movement is a doorway into your inner being and the dance we are offering helps tap into ourselves in a deeper way by allowing the mind to rest and the body to do the talking.
We had a lot of fun too and are so looking forward to the events coming up over the next few months. Thank you to everyone who came.