Thursday, March 19, 2020 ~ Body as Student, Body as Teacher ~ Online Dharma Dance

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because the world need people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Apparently, our approach of gathering on a live stream is not unique since today the Internet was too slow and unstable to sustain our feed! Instead, I recorded our class from Dancing Water. [NOTE ON FRIDAY: ANNND that didn’t work! So I did DO OVER FRIDAY and retaught the class live. You can find it here.]

Today’s class was Dharma Dance: a movement experience I created about 10 years ago that is a combination of guided and unguided movement. I haven’t taught this form in a while and it was a treat to return to it.

One of the most essential human experiences is that of living our dharma: our true nature and purpose. The sensation of living in alignment of our dharma is one of aliveness and flow state that is engrossing, deeply fascinating and timeless. While all of us have at least had a few experiences of the aliveness of living our dharma, I endeavor to explore how we can train ourselves to recognize the experience of flow and seek it out and sustain the sensation.

Dharma Dance is an experience designed to help us identify, experience and sustain the sensation of aliveness that is associated with living in alignment with our true natures. The movements in Dharma Dance intend to break habit and repattern the nervous system — and reconnect you with You and your essence. Its intent is to give everyBody a chance to relax and trust in their own dharma or essence, and listen to the wisdom and guidance that is always available.

I shared a Compassion In The Time Of Coronavirus Meditation from Jack Kornfield on Insight Timer. You can find it here.

May you be held in compassion
May you be safe and well, healed and protected
May your struggles, fears and suffering be eased
May you live with a compassionate and peaceful heart

Please find the playlist is below. And you can find the video from today’s class here.

I am working diligently on the technical side of offering online classes with some better camera possibilities in the works and a cordless mic is on its way soon! Yay! Another option for you might be NiaTV which is an online service offering 30 days free access to Nia TV’s at-home dance workouts, podcasts, meditations, and exclusive livestream.
• To register, click here and start your free trial today.
• Please note: you will need to cancel your Nia TV account within 30 days to avoid being charged after the 30-day trial period.

When we are in scary times, sometimes it’s impossible to even KNOW what might be helpful or supportive. I’d love to hear what would be most helpful to you and if you just don’t know, breathe, it’s totally fine. I’ll just keep experimenting!

TOMORROW, Friday, March 20, 2020, Pop-Up Class?!
I’m not sure what’s going to happen tomorrow (when am I ever?) but my intention is to record a class and post it…sometime. If you subscribe to my Channel and ask for notifications, you’ll get a note when I put it up! And please leave a comment and tell a friend about what we’re doing together! I’ll also leave a link on the Focus Pocus Page here. See you soon!

The body is your student and your teacher. In both ways, the body is the gateway to your dharma.
Please stay in touch.
Until soon, my friends!





Dancing Water Live: Dharma Dance
Friday, March 20, 2020, morning-ish

The Blower’s Daughter4:44 Damien Rice
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Higher Ground 4:46 Playing For Change
Snakefood 6:04 Safri Duo
Dzogene Ma 3:50 Biboul Darouiche Soleil Bantu
Solita Sin Solidad [Feat. Lila Downs & Carlos Santana] 5:29 1 Giant Leap
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story

  1. Lynn said:

    I tried the link, but got a black screen saying video not available. There ws a subscribe button and I hit that, but no change. Am I going to get a big fat invoice for subscribing????

    I sign up for the trial Nia and even got into my Nia suit and rolled up the rugs in my office and participated. Nice, but lonely.

    • First of all, NO fee for subscribing. It’s just a way of supporting me and getting notifications when I post something new! And YES there is a problem with that video given music copyright issues, that I *thought* might come up. I’m working on that now but for NOW I’m planning to go live with a DO OVER class soon!

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