Base ChakraThe first centre to explore on the Chakra map is the base chakra. The spontaneous movements that emerge while dancing the base chakra tend to draw inspiration from tribal dancing, as found in the indigenous cultures of Africa, Australia and North America. These tribal dances are linked to the issues of the base, including our roots, survival and grounding. In CHAKRADANCE, emphasised movements of the legs and feet connect us to the solid earth. Many envisage dancing around an ancient campfire, bringing the primitive tribal dance to life. These ancient cultures also had imitative dances, emulating the movements of animals. Again, we can draw inspiration from these roots and dance in an animal-like way. In this wild and raw animal dance, our innate instinctual self is reclaimed.
Sacral ChakraThe dance of the sacral chakra can be inspired by the feminine dances found in the Middle East, South America and Hawaii. Dances from these regions celebrated many of the qualities associated with the sacral chakra, including feelings, emotions and sexuality. This sacral dance can be slow and sensual, or flirtatious and erotic, with fluid movements of the hips and lower belly. Throughout this dance one transforms into a gypsy, a belly dancer, an ancient goddess, as we surrender to the serpentine movements of the feminine.
Solar Plexus ChakraTo dance the solar plexus chakra is to call on the warrior dances of ancient Greece, Morocco, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. These warrior dances were masculine, powerful, athletic and virile, as they rhythmically mimicked the art of the fight. In CHAKRADANCE, we enter this dance with dramatic movements, strong, purposeful and clearly defined. As the energy builds, movements can become more complex, even frenzied. Through this dynamic movement, the solar energy ignites, and our inner warrior emerges.
Heart ChakraDancing the heart chakra is being moved to dance with joy and compassion. In ancient Egypt dances using exaggerated arm movements would gently whirl participants into deep states of joyful harmony. Dancing the heart chakra mirrors this. Also reflected are dances from China, in which mimetic movements expressed the union of heaven and earth, symbolised balance—one of the chief operating qualities of the heart chakra,. In CHAKRADANCE, we draw inspiration from these dances, and move the arms to feel uplifted, light and free. Inspired by the ancient ones, we dance a soaring journey of love, compassion and joy.
Throat ChakraThe dance of the throat chakra can be inspired by many ancient dances, where the voice and dance were woven together. In Ancient Egypt, performers often danced while reciting poetry, while in Hawaii, chant and dance were combined to communicate the story. In Tibetan culture, mystical rituals performed by monks would combine chanting and sound, with delicate movements of the body. In CHAKRADANCE, we weave sound and movement to intensify self-expression and creativity.
Third Eye ChakraAt the third eye chakra, we can lift up into ecstatic and altered states of consciousness through trance dance. This practice is still common throughout the world, and existed in many of the ancient cultures of South East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. There were numerous reasons, ritualistic and medicinal, for entering into trance. In CHAKRADANCE, trance dance is used to open the third eye chakra. Each dancer drifts into his or her own visual universe … images, colours, insights … the third eye has no boundaries.
Crown ChakraThe dance of the crown chakra is a devotional dance. Cultures from every continent have embraced some form of religious or spiritual dancing. In ancient Shamanic practice, dance was used to commune with the Spirits, whilst in Ancient Egypt there were certain ritual dances that were crucial to the successful outcome of religious rites. The Tantric Buddhists of Nepal have an ancient dance tradition known as Charya Nritya, a Sanskrit term meaning ‘dance as a spiritual discipline’. In CHAKRADANCE we open the gateway to the soul through a meditative sacred dance. This is the most paradoxical of dances: it is the dance of stillness. Often there will be little physical movement visible to any observer. The dance is internal, for now it is the soul that dances, dancing with the gods.
Harmony and BalanceDancing through the ancient chakra system awakens not only our bodies, but expands the mind, and calls out to the soul. The chakra system provides us with a model for integrating body, mind and spirit. This model encompasses the whole of human experience and provides an opportunity to find harmony and balance within our lives. Carl Jung, the pioneer of analytical psychology, was one of the first westerners to draw inspiration from this model in relation to his work on what he called the ‘individuation process’, meaning the journey towards wholeness. The chakra system forms an energetic ladder that bridges our material world with our spiritual world. We can use this ladder as a way of reaching higher realms of consciousness, and as we climb back down, we are able to integrate new levels of awareness into our daily lives. Working with the chakras through dance connects us to the core of our physical beings. Once this connection is achieved, other less tangible experiences of the mind and spirit can be contained, embodied and finally integrated.
7 Keys to Freedom – Intro Class Class Length: 60 minutesBased on the CD and DVD of the same name, “7 Keys to Freedom” is a wonderful Introduction to Chakradance, so you can get a feel for this practice before deciding to commit to a whole cycle in greater depth.
Freedom Cycle – 9 Week Cycle Class Length: 60 minutes per classThe Freedom cycle is designed for both beginners and regular Chakradance participants. It begins with an introductory overview, and goes on to explore a different major chakra each week, before concluding with an integration class. This cycle will gently awaken each of your seven chakras and help you to discover where your energy is flowing and also where you have blockages. Dancing through your chakra system regularly will release blocked energy and help you to feel more alive and energized. It will open you up to insights about your life, and bring balance and health to your whole system.
Awakening – 9 Week Cycle Class Length: 90 minutes per classAwakening follows the same structure as Freedom, but with different music, and a longer (1.5 hours) class-length. Like Freedom, it begins with an introductory overview, and goes on to explore a different major chakra each week, before concluding with an integration class.
Workshop Length: 120 minutes per workshopThe Journeying Series consists of seven workshops, each offering a deeper experience of the 7 major chakras. This series has been designed for participants who are ready for deep inner transformational work. Discover all the facets of who you are, gain clarity and insight, and reconnect with your true, authentic self. As your outer world shifts into alignment with your inner world, be open to discovering your true path and purpose.
Celebrating Workshops Workshop Length: 180 minutesExperience the dance of all 7 chakras in one celebratory workshop. Guided by music and imagery resonating to the chakras, be taken on a dynamic dance journey through your own energy centres. There are two Celebrating Workshops (one running from Base to Crown, the other from Crown to Base). Each feels like a spiritual dance party. No judgment. Pure Freedom!
Reboot Your Base Chakra and Feel More Energized and Alive – Facilitator held 10-day e-course
Can you imagine what your life would be like if you had more energy? If you could be more fully present in your body? If you could trust your instincts and listen to the wisdom your body holds? The key to all of this is the health and vibrancy of the Base Chakra. The first part of this offering is a FREE gift pack for the Base Chakra. The gift pack includes a guided meditation to help ground your energy, a dynamic moving meditation to help release anything you are holding in your body that you no longer need, an evaluation/quiz to better understand the location and current state of your Base Chakra, and a mini e-book packed full of information, techniques, tools, and lots of things you can do to work with your Base Chakra. If you feel called to go deeper, you will want to join the 10-day facilitated e-course. During our 10 days together we will work with a mantra of the Base Chakra, call in our shamanic power animal, and do additional grounding exercises to get more and more grounded. We will connect together in a private Facebook group throughout.
Due to Covid-19 there will be no large Chakradance classes until we reach phase 3. In the meantime, I am offering private or small group classes…a small group being no more than four people…for the Awakening Cycle and the Journeying Series only. Also once a quarter (January, April, July, October) I will be offering Reboot Your Base Chakra and Feel More Energized and Alive – a Facilitator held 10-day e-course. Feel free to contact me for more information about either private/small group classes or an upcoming 10 day Base Chakra e-course. 360-809-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Awakening Cycle – I went to Chakradance with no idea what it was. I was in the middle of an Pandemic and it was a safe way to get out and do something new. So I was in! Every dance opened something new in me, it was a journey where I grew in self-understanding and in seeing the bigger universe around me. At first, it was more of a simple meditation, but each consecutive class broadened my ability to look out and look in. During the last gathering, where we looked at all our mandala art spread around us, I was shocked to discover the interconnected journey of each of the dances. The mandalas showed a clear narrative of my growth. Again I started with no idea what Chakradance was about, I’m not particularly spiritual. But, I gained self-kindness and a glimpse of what it is to travel the universe. I absolutely recommend Lauren as a Chakradance Facilitator. She puts so much love and attention into the sacred space she creates for each Chakra. Drenched in the color and details of each Chakra makes it fun and sets you up for a new message. She is a natural facilitator, she takes careful care of each of us as we open ourselves up in these Chakradances. She created a safe place to let go and gentle guidance as we learned from what we experienced. Pamela Schneider
Awakening Cycle – I was so excited to take this course!. As a bodywork and energy healer any time I can explore ways to bring the body into balance, I’m ready to explore. Lauren created an extremely safe space – large room, each person having their own area to move, dark yet little candles everywhere, a beautiful alter expressing the Chakra we were exploring. The music really helped to move through the body. Lauren is gifted in her ability to guide the meditation, which is exactly what Chakradance is…a moving meditation. Finally, at the end we did some personal artwork which helped to integrate the work. This class was fun and spoke to all my senses. Its very dreamlike. Thank you Lauren! Molly Messmer LMT, Reiki Master Teacher