Breathing, Warm Up & Cool Down – Ecstatic Dance Session

Click on the link below and listen to my breathing exercise to get you focused inside your body before you start an Ecstatic Dance session.

 

Click on the link below and watch my video to warm up your body before an Ecstatic Dance session before you hit the play button on an Ecstatic Dance Playlist.

 

Click on the link below and listen to my guided Savasana journey which is designed to let your body relax after an Ecstatic Dance session.

Guidelines for Ecstatic Dancing to create a safe container

A couple of guidelines before we start dancing:

  • Move however you wish
  • Avoid *verbal* communication
  • No shoes or phones on the dance floor
  • Observe respect for self and one another
  • Use sensitivity when engaging with others
  • Obtain consent before dancing with someone
  • Respect the collective space
  • No drug and alcohol use
  • Ecstatic Dance is what you make of it
  • Have a glass of water ready, a pen & paper in case you want to journal
  • Create a nice ambience for yourself on your dancefloor at home i.e. candles, flowers, sage to create a warm feel
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    Allow yourself to drop into a safe space free from distractions!

    6 Waves of Ecstatic Dancing

    Wave 1:
    Arrival & graceful music to ground everyone in the space

    Wave 2:
    Playful & thriving music to get energies going

    Wave 3:
    Chaotic, orgasmic, wild, soaring, for cathartic release

    Wave 4:
    Cruise, steady, unwavering, recharge music

    Wave 5:
    Nostalgic, lyrical from peak into heart music

    Wave 6:
    Integration, stillness, wholeness, meditation

    What is Ecstatic Dancing?

    Sensual Dance Journey
    As an Ecstatic Dance DJ I listen to a lot of music, to find songs that evoke feelings and make your body tingle. Music helps people shift from one state to another, it can provide a healing experience for people who fragment or dissociate themselves. AND music simply wants to make the body move! I then carefully place the tracks in a perfect order to make sure they follow a dance wave, starting from slow music, building up to ecstatic music and then taking you down into a more cruising, landing and integration space. Creating a sensual dance journey for you to enjoy.

    Safe & Judgment Free Space
    There is no self judgement on the online or physical dance floor. I provide a safe space where judgment and the illusion of separation have an opportunity to dissolve. Making room for wholeness, empowerment and community. Allow yourself to move freely without editing or judging yourself. We create and release a lot of energies in the space during the dance.

    Storytelling through dancing
    Dancing is like storytelling, often times it is also a birthing & rebirthing of yourself. Express the story of who you are at a particular point in time, knowing you might end up in a different place after the dance. Allow the song of your soul to come out, who you are before the “thinking mind starts to filter”. Ecstatic Dancing allows you to express yourself in a way that you can’t through words or sound. You can even use blindfolds if it allows you to go deeper inside of yourself.

    Let the body move you, rather than you controlling it
    Ecstatic Dancing is about feeling, going inward and dancing from a space of inside yourself, rather than outside of yourself where you are judging every move that you make.

    Sound Baths, Cacao Ceremony & Sharing Circle
    I often like to finish an Ecstatic Dance session with a relaxing sound bath. A sound bath is usually a calm music accompanied by music instruments, crystal bowls or nature sounds. I also like to give people the opportunity after the dance to have a short break to prepare a sacred cacao or tea and for us to drink together after the dance and during our sharing circle. The sharing circle is an opportunity to exchange with other members of the dance community, share how you feel and what’s going on or what has shifted with you during the dance. Sometimes I might also chose to read a passage from a book.

    Collaborations with painters, musicians, consciousness pioneers and other interesting artists
    I also like to introduce interesting people within or outside my community who I feel inspired or connected to. These could be musicians, painters, tarot readers, consciousness pioneers or otherwise interesting people.

    “Spain has passed a law to legalise euthanasia, becoming the fourth country in Europe to allow people to end their own life in some circumstances. The law allows adults with “serious and incurable” diseases that cause “unbearable suffering” to choose to end their lives. Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Canada and Colombia are the only other countries in which euthanasia is currently legal.
    We are heading towards the recognition of human rights and a more humane and fair society.

    Euthanasia is the act of intentionally ending a life to relieve suffering – for example a lethal injection administered by a doctor. In cases of assisted suicide, the act is undertaken by the person themselves with help.

    To request either, the person must:
    Suffer a “serious or incurable illness” or a “chronic or incapacitating” condition that causes “intolerable suffering” and be “fully aware and conscious” when they make the request, which has to be submitted twice in writing, 15 days apart. A doctor can reject the request if the requirements have not been met. It must be approved by a second medic and by an evaluation body.”
    – taken from BBC article https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56446631

    My musings:
    This is a great step in the evolution of death care and dying with dignity. Imagine knowing it is time to leave but your physical body is not giving out on you yet. It feels like being trapped in your own body when you want to leave. I find it more dignifying if you have a choice and can assist your body in giving out. It is a fact that some people take 7-10 years to die off, think about the responsibility to other people and the burden on your own soul. There is actually very little to be learned by humans who take years to die off, it is painful and degrading. Do you want somebody to clean up and feed you before you go? The human has ownership of their own being, they can do whatever they choose. If they choose assisted suicide there is no judgment.

    The art of creating an Ecstatic Dance playlist

    Ever since I finished my Ecstatic Dance DJ & Facilitator training, I started practicing putting together sensual dance journeys for my myself and my dancing clients. Putting together an Ecstatic Dance playlist is truly an art, because there are many steps to that process and it usually involves hours and hours of scanning the web and then putting the music together. Here is a little insight into the art of an amazing playlist:

    1) Searching the web for amazing artists across various genres from meditation & medicinal music, to percussions, house music, bass, funk, world music, electronic, tribal music and then buying the music to support the artists. Yes, I now have a “monthly music budget”. I usually search artists on YouTube and then either go to their website to buy the song or go to Bandcamp.

    2) Labelling songs into 6 dance waves. Once I bought the music, it gets divided into 6 folders. It is now a very intuitive process. I buy the song and automatically know which of the 6 waves the song goes in:

  • Arrival Music
  • Build Up Music
  • Climax Music
  • Cruising Music
  • Landing Music
  • Integration Music
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    3) Selecting the final songs for the playlist. Some songs make it into the playlist and then if they don’t give me the shivers or shakes when I play them, they make it out of the playlist again. Any song that makes it into the playlist needs to make my body move, otherwise we won’t dance together to it.

    4) Putting the songs onto the DJ decks, applying filters and working with the volume fader to make sure there is a smooth transition between the songs. Then I hit the record button and start sweating in anticipation whether I get it right. Sometimes I make a mistake with a transition or a filter. I then try and smoothen out my mistakes by exporting the final playlist into another editing software and correct any mistakes in case I turned up the volume too quickly or a filter transition was too abrupt.

    5) Uploading the song onto Soundcloud and then listening back to my own playlist to check in how the playlist makes my body feel. I love the way certain filters create shivers in my body. Yum!

    Music is truly medicine for the soul! I only realised the power of music when I started creating my own playlists and getting hands on involved in the process. It’s like my body opened up to receive the delicious ingredients of the songs being played. Who needs food, when you can digest music!

    PS: I am planning an Ecstatic Dance & Paint event 🎧🎨💃 for next month with the topic “Song of the Soul” with the gorgeous Corina Capri on Saturday, 06th March 2021.
    Save the date, more info to follow.