Internationally renowned tantra teacher Shakti Malan will be presenting a BlissDance in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Wednesday evening, 6 March. The dance will be co-facilitated by Willem Smuts, a well-known and much-loved dance facilitator in these parts.
After Shakti’s visit Willem, Belinda Loudon and myself – all recently qualified facilitators – are planning to start a weekly BlissDance class in Jozi.
You can just show up at the door, and bring your friends! The class is open to all.
Shakti adds the following: Remember also this free workshop I am presenting 1 March and the weekend training 2 – 4 March.
is the balance that happens
When we fully embrace
Both our shadow and our light
And come to rest
When we drop deep into the center of presence, every cell of our bodies gets infused with the eros of life. We smell the ambrosia of being. When we open to the full aliveness of our bodies, stillness arises of itself.
Blissdance was created by Shakti Malan as a free dance practice to deepen our embodiment of consciousness and true intimacy with life. Consciousness is the deep stillness, the vast space that is the ground of our being, beyond our existing stories about who we are. From this stillness, new life gets birthed in each moment. The dance is designed to facilitate a deep dropping into the present moment. This presence is the root of intimacy we develop in the dance – intimate presence with ourselves and with others, in movement and in stillness, music and silence. We find the authentic expression that comes from within. From the inside out, we let life dance us. We follow the breath. We follow the heartbeat of the earth pulsing through us. We rest in the amniotic fluid of being. We follow the spark of our bliss.
The dance space cultivates non-dual presence in the movement of our daily lives. It is an active meditation space. We learn to be present in anger as much as peace, jealousy and rage as much as tender love and passionate creativity. We dance our territory, and we dance into melting.
Blissdance has been designed with therapeutic intent as well. The dance wordlessly supports the unraveling and dismantling of patterns that keep us from being deeply present in our bodies. Some examples are:
Body armoring: We hold our bodies rigid in an attempt to protect ourselves from feeling too much – or feeling what we have been suppressing. Sometimes what we resist feeling is intimacy – sometimes it is sadness, fear or anger. All these states are welcome in the dance.
Associations: Over a lifetime of suppressing what we feel, we have started to build up meaning through associations. When someone touches you, what does it mean to you? When you enjoy the touch, what fears come up? Do they relate to past experiences or future projections? In BlissDance, these subconscious processes will become conscious for you. In awareness lies the liberation.
Habits of movement: One of the keys of BlissDance is that the dance moves you out of your habits and stuck ways. We act out some of the dramas of everyday life – like having a couple’s fight – but do that in a conscious way, as a celebration of the body, and as an act of freedom. In doing that, something gives way, more space gets created, and we can celebrate our freedom more. Sometimes I use ancient shamanic techniques to help shake up the nervous system so that you can slip into this moment with no mind. Sometimes we dance wild and crazy with little structure and limitation, to let that energy be expressed and accessed in the body. Eventually, as Rumi says:
something opens up
I taste only sacredness
The moment softens. We get to feel everything intimately. We welcome what is, no longer resist, and in that we can meet the beloved, in the dance, in this moment. In the first place, that beloved is my very own being. Then I can meet him/her in the other, the group, my life, existence.
All it takes is a little willingness. The music, the facilitation and the group will carry you along into what you really want: A deep opening into this present precious moment.
Blissdance draws on the wisdom of Biodanza and various other dance, movement and meditation traditions. The dance is accessible to people of all religious and cultural orientations.