There will be candles lit dimly in the warm room ready for our bodies to move to soulful music amidst like-minded people in two Fridays time.
Come take the chance to dance your chakras with teacher Pippa Sherry who is driving over the Kaimai Range to give the Bay her love, with Chakradance. We are going to meet at Ohauiti Hall, nestled in the hillside overlooking a Mauao in the night and maybe some glow in the dark goats.
People who want to move can come.
People who want to dance can come.
Phillippa Sherry (aka Pippa) is an accredited Chakradance Facilitator and is passionate about the arts as a platform for transformative growth and wellbeing. She believes that dancing provides a space for the soul to speak, opening the path to a more conscious, vibrant and balanced life.
“In a time of stress, rush and pressure what a wonderful experience to have some time to concentrate on yourself and let the rhythm of the music energise and relax your mind and body.” (Sue, 2014)
Friday 17 July 7.30pm – 9pm
Book now/Internet banking details with
Emily Ph/Txt: 021 662 852
Chakradance will be led by Pippa Sherry from Cambridge Ph: 021 607 803
Here’s an article from Good Health Magazine written by Sarah Bunker from awaywithwords
TRY IT OUT
Keep calm and move with this new holistic workout! It’s a fusion of dynamic meditation and dance that’s here to stay. We all have days when we feel rushed off our feet, right? Chakradance is an energising way to combat stress, stay grounded, and increase your heart rate in a whole new way.
A complete workout for body, mind and spirit, Chakradance is taking the world by storm with classes in 19 countries around the world, including New Zealand. A combination of cardio and spiritual connection with roots in Jungian psychology, it encourages you to dance for fun, fitness and self- discovery.
Coined ‘the sister of yoga’, Chakradance classes involve spontaneous dance to music specially designed to resonate with each of our seven major chakras, or energy centres. The blend of fluid, freestyle dance and deep, vibrational music has huge healing effects – physically, mentally and emotionally. Unlike most dance practices, Chakradance has no set routines or judged performances, and better yet, you’re in the dark.
“There are no right or wrong moves in Chakradance – everyone has their own rhythm,” says Cambridge Chakradance facilitator Pippa Sherry. “Everyone’s experience is their own, it’s about letting go and allowing the music to move you, but don’t worry, we make sure you don’t bang into each other!”
Chakradance was developed in Australia in 1998 by Natalie Southgate, who wanted to combine her work in Jungian psychology and chakra healing with her passion for dance and music.
“It’s very powerful. Even someone who doesn’t know a thing about chakras, who’s never done a drop of self-development work in their lives, is amazed how they can actually feel it,” says Natalie. “It’s very freeing, and I think a lot of people need that.”
Like yoga, where a lot of attention is given to energy centres, Chakradance helps unblock and maintain healthy energy in your body and mind. The 90-minute classes are held in a candle-lit room and start with a short meditation followed by guided imagery. Each dance works to balance one of the seven chakras.
“The base chakra is all about grounding, the sacral taps into your inner goddess, the solar plexus finds the warrior in you and the heart chakra is the dance of love and relationships,” says Pippa, who has been teaching drama and dance in schools for 10 years. “Then we have the throat for communication, third eye to bring out your intuition and lastly the crown chakra, which focuses on the brain and nervous system and encourages a deeper connection to your self.”
The health benefits of balancing your chakras are huge; stronger relationships, improved confidence and self-esteem, and enhanced creativity and focus.
“The biggest benefit is the absolute freedom to just let go and be yourself, let loose and dance in a safe environment,” she says.
While Chakradance has spiritual wellbeing at its core, there’s no denying it’ll get your heart pumping.
“It gets everything moving from your face to your feet, releasing endorphins so you feel great long after the class,” says Pippa. “It’s the best of both worlds – a moving meditation and a physical workout.”
Chakradance classes are currently being held in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Southland, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay. For a list of facilitators, go to ‘find a class’ at http://www.chakradance.com.
“More and more are popping up all the time, which is great to see,” says Pippa. “Chakradance is more than another new-age health fad, it’s a unique spiritual dance journey that releases stress, relaxes your body and mind – and keeps you fit!”
Tips for beginners
Don’t know your left from your right? No problem! Chakradance is for all ages and fitness levels – all you need is an open mind and willingness to try something new.
Comfort is key: It’s all about fluid movement, so think flowing threads and bare feet
Come with an open mind: Every dance will bring different sensations, just go with it!
Best place to start: The ‘Awakening’ course, a nine-week series for beginners
DIY Chakradance: Download music at http://www.chakradance.com for an at-home practice
No homework needed: If you want to read up more about chakras before you come, great!
But it’s not essential.
Share the love: Sometimes it helps to bring a friend along when you’re trying something
I look forward to ‘not being able to see you’ next Friday night at Ohauiti Hall, on the LHS 4.5kms up the hill (phone me/Emily if you feel lost). Ph 021 662 852