What is Movement Medicine? Ali says: "Shamanic dance, known as Movement Medicine, as a form of active "journeying", will be the main teaching method in these workshops. Please be reassured that as long as you like moving to music that is the only level of proficiency required. This is absolutely not about performance or skill but rather the pleasure of following what and how the body wants to move. Movement medicine will deepen your connection to yourself, your creativity and the integrity and guidance of your own soul". Please wear layered, loose clothes suitable for movement and bring bottled water, a notebook and pen.
We tend to have a way of thinking about and approaching the world that is systematically creating more and more separation between us and the natural world.
Part of this is the idea that humans are somehow not really animals, but exist in their own little elevated bubble.
Within a shamanic framework, we are indeed all animals, with animal gifts and sensitivities, which is why indigenous cultures often subscribe to the idea that we each have our power represented by energy from within the natural world.
Learning to release fear through shaking like an animal does when it has had a fright, can change our relationship with anxiety. Roaring like a lioness to protect what we value, or surrendering to the tides like a fish, are all examples of medicines that can help bring us back into balance with the natural world.
This workshop will focus on two things. We will spend some time dancing with the energies of fear, the instinctive energy designed to alert us to danger.
With anger, the state that enables us to stand in our own circle and do what we need to protect that which is precious to us.
With grief, as an energy of surrendering.
With joy, as our gift for celebration and gratitude and with the compassion that can flow when we simply allow our animal natures to be what they are.
We will also journey in order to find an animal, bird, or other creature who wishes to come into our life at this time as an ally, to assist and strengthen us in whatever way is appropriate.
Dr Ali Young has worked with conscious dance practices for nearly 30 years, working extensively with Gabrielle Roth, the founder of 5 Rhythms and Ya’acov and Susannah Darling Khan, at The School of Movement Medicine. She has been teaching Movement Medicine for the last five years, as well as mentoring apprentices and teachers in training with the school. She is a passionate advocate of our need to restore the medicines of the British Isles, grounding them in our daily lives. Ali is also an associate lecturer on the Mental Health Nursing Degree at UWE in Bristol, where she lectures on childhood trauma and addiction. She is also trained as a systemic psychotherapist and has written a doctorate on leadership and spirituality, publishing her work on sacred embodiment and the feminine in a variety of forums.
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