With Hamid Martin
Inner Rhythm ~ Foundation
How do we establish a connection with self and become rooted in our own Inner Rhythm? How do we maintain a sense of centered-ness as we dance the threshold of connection with self, other, and community? This is a lightly facilitated, free-form movement workshop where we are invited into a deeply embodied journey; alone, together, and alone together.
Dancing Freedom is a free-form movement ceremony. We will be invited to make a conscious intention or prayer to bring in to our movement experience. We are supported by the energy of the elements earth, water, fire, air, ether. The music will take us on an elemental wave after which we will harvest the wisdom from our body, heart, and higher self. We will also have the opportunity to be witnessed as we surrender to this wisdom in what we call the ‘Inner Dance’. What is your prayer for your life?
With Tyler Blank
With Tyler Blank
On the Bluffs above the Waves, we will Gather the Energy of the Morning Sun, and Distribute it with the Ocean Wind… Burning up Obstacles… Clearing the Path for Chi (Energy) to Circulate with our Breath, Voice, and Visualization… Dancing with the Elements as Dawn Emerges. Merging Wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine, the 16 Ways, and Tibetan Shamanic QiGong, we Journey in a Meditative and Prayerful Dance of what we know as Energy, Awareness, Spirit, and Nature. These Elements can then be Enjoyed on the Dancefloor, or Anywhere we want to experience a deeper Connection with our Surroundings, Inside and Out.
With Sita Devi
Bhakti Vinyasa Flow is a heart opening intentional practice combining Kirtan, the art of ecstatic chanting with Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The practice often begins with a meditation and some intention setting and creative visualization. We then join together in a kirtan to begin our practice which takes us into our bodies moving into our hatha vinyasa practice. The practice slowly builds heat in the body and the practitioner is free to move at his or her own pace, finding his or her own personal flow. Once enough heat is generated we move into some deep stretches and make our way to the floor, ending with a nice long savasana, or final relaxation and close our practice with kirtan.
The practice is accompanied by live chanting of Kirtan and Bhajan by Sita, and other musicians. The goal of this practice is to experience Bhava, the nectar of devotion, through union of the body mind and soul.
With Sita Devi
Yin yoga is a slow grounded practice. The word yin, comes from yin and yang, the balance of fire and water, masculine and feminine, strength and softness. Yin refers to the water, the feminine, the softness and this practice encompasses that energy. It is comprised of long holds and deep relaxation with an extended savasana and accompanied by sweet, gentle music.
With Sita Devi & Friends
Kirtan is an ancient spiritual practice of Bhakti Yoga designed to collectively raise our vibration through call and response chanting of Sanskrit mantra. Through this repetitive ecstatic chanting we are able to drop in, unify, channel and access the divine within ourselves.
With Raina Satori
Mix Move & Mingle
Arrive, Drop in, Relax, Relate… These are the activities we will be doing in this class within the formless dance form of Contact Improvisation. This class is a gentle and playful introduction to your retreat week designed to help you arrive in your new environment of dance and community. Games and improvisational exercises will heighten your awareness of your surroundings and learning some contact improv skills will build your capacity to relate to others using touch in a way that is safe and fun. This is an all levels class.
Rise up, Root Down
Contact Improvisation is a FUNdamental way that we can evolve as humans. We will work with the foundational aspects of contact improvisation, rolling point of contact, weightsharing, counterbalance, falling and flying. We will learn how to create solid roots upon which we can build more creative options for movement. We will learn how to listen with our bodies to create symbiotic relationships with our dance partner as well as how to begin and end contact improv dances. This is an all levels class.
With Chris Berry
w/ Chris Berry, Craig Kohland and friends
KASHA is the practice of creating HEAT (fire) through MOVEMENT, within the body, bringing up BLOCKS (fears) to be released, allowing one to touch a deep place within, bringing forth true hearts’ desires. HEAT (fire) purifies, and releases the old to make way for the new; igniting passions, charging up motivation and excitement. Allow the deep beating of your internal drums to take you within and rise above all fears.
w/ Aya Iwasaki
With Erin Brutlag
THE INDIAN DANCE OF JOY
Bhangra, which literally means “filled with joy” is a traditional dance of North India, original from the Punjab region. It is extremely stimulating, increases joy, vitality, elevates the soul and strengthens the Aura.
Furthermore, its intense pace and fast movements help to develop and balance both hemispheres of the brain. As it implies both the emotional (right side of the brain) and mental (left side), it provides an ideal body-mind balance in addition to its physical benefits. In addition, Bhangra dance also improves coordination and, due to being a cardiovascular exercise, it helps to stylize body shape and increases muscle tone leading to a lean body.
During the years it has also been mixed with other music styles, Shankara is specialized in the “Bhangra-Reggae” style which fuses Bhangra music with other positive Jamaican-style rythms, Reggae, Dub & Hip hop.
Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in the Indian films. It is a mixture of numerous dance styles: classical Indian dance, Indian folk dance (like Bhangra) together with other more contemporary stiles such as Jazz, Funky, Hip hop, Salsa, Samba..etc.
At Shankara’s Bollywood & Bhangra dance workshops she teaches Modern Bollywood, Bhangra (either traditional Bhangra, modern Bhangra or the fusion Bhangra-Reggae dance) & Giddha (women’s Bhangra) steps, movements, sequences and choreographies. In addition she also includes exercises to improve postural alignment, strengthen and stretch the body with Pilates for dance, Dynamic Yoga & Partner Yoga techniques followed by a restoring relaxation to chill out and integrate all the joyful energy created during the class.
Please visit www.danzabhangra.com for full information about this joyful dance, videos & pictures together with information about Bhangra dance performances & classes.