Dance Divided no more
Why dance and mindfulness is Helping adults embody mindfulness.
Music, mindfulness and dance is an insightful and powerful way to help people develop skills to be with emotions in their bodies. We use music to help people regulate emotions, to build resilience and expand gently the window of presence; an ability to be present for an increasing circle of experiences.
With awareness we learn directly how and where emotions live in the body. In time we can learn to transform difficulties into creative responses. Everything is fuel for the dance, we can learn to move and include, an alive process of creativity and wholeing.
A few images from offering Open Floor in Brazil - Moving to Learn Mindfulness
WHY MOVE TO LEARN MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is learning to meet ourselves and the world with kindness, interest, patience and love. We teach mindfulness through dance because the nature of our minds and bodies is movement. Everything is moving, our bodies, senses, emotions, thoughts.
Skilful living requires the fluidity to respond well to constant change, it makes sense to train our minds and bodies to move well with change.
Thank you for your amazing workshop which truly reconnected my body to my powerful inner essence. The feeling I had in my body reminded me how dormant I had been in this connection. The playfulness and freedom of expression through dance awakened my spirit in a profound experience that left me light, refreshed and in pursuit of keeping this joyful feeling alive.
Thank you Jaime and Julianna for providing a safe space to explore our connection to self and humanity, I believe our communities would be full of health and vitality and connection if we all connected with our fire within in this playful and explorative medium. I can not go back, please continue the work you are doing, the world needs you.
Heidi Wilton Participant May 2019 Fire in Goodness
Men Can’t Dance
Opening Minds offers day courses for men, exploring movement and sacred sharing circles.
About Open Floor Movement
Open Floor Movement Practice is a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry:
How can we move and include it all – feelings, other people, thoughts, wild passions, limitations?
Can we use movement to soften the tight spots in our tender hearts and stretch our capacity for relationship?
What happens if we turn old repetitive thoughts into choreography for creative dances?
There's an essential movement language we all speak when we take these questions to the dance floor. We call on universal elements that are inherent in any moving body, such as breath, gravity, centering, expansion and contraction. This is the common ground that all embodiment practices share.
Open Floor is where the rubber meets the road – a place for creative focus and loving attention.
Since the beginning of time human beings have gathered to dance. Mindful movement practice is growing rapidly all over the planet because it's good for us. People who dance regularly have keener minds, greater emotional intelligence, and a calmer presence. Connection, compassion, and communities grow. In this challenging world, common sense tells us to spend time dancing.
The ripple effect is inescapable. One dance can change someone’s day, one act of kindness can inspire a whole community. Students often leave a session able to bring a more generous presence out into the world. We dedicate our work to the common good, to the benefit of all beings.
Common ground. Common sense. Common good.
This is what we cultivate on the Open Floor.