“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” Marianne Williamson
Whenever I get caught up in the stresses and throes of daily life, I remind myself that if Itake a step back, breathe, let myself go and dance, I allow myself to appreciate and live fully in the present moment. Dance is what Martha Graham describes is “the hidden language of the soul.” It does not matter how technical or perfect my dancing is – it helps free my mind, body and spirit to simply rise, flow and feel liberated.
The ancient Indian Sanskrit word “chakra” means wheel of light, which we refer to as an energy centre within our bodies. Michael J Tamura beautifully describes the chakras as “revolving doors of creativity and communication between spirit and the world.” There are 7 main chakra centres in which energy flows through and forms part of the subtle energy system surrounding the human body.
I realised long ago, that by healing my chakras through dance, I could bring light and perspective to my ancestry and could strive towards living a purposeful and fulfilling life in the here and now. By consciously journeying through the chakras, I discovered how dance balanced my chakra energy, centred the frequency and raised my vibrations. Here’s how:
Step 1) Grounding the Root Chakra
Located at the base of your spine, the root is your sense of security and connection to Mother Earth. The most effective spiritual person is grounded. Whilst dancing, visualise light coming from your root chakra down your legs and into your feet. Feel your feet rooted to the ground like invisible tree roots going deep anchoring you down. You are still able to move freely, but with a sense of connectedness to all that is real. Dance moves for the root chakra include African Stomping; clapping to the beat as you move your feet from side to side; or Tap Dancing, all whilst visualising your entire body centred and connected to the earth.
Step 2) Creating bliss with the Sacral Chakra
Located just below the navel, the sacral chakra is related to creativity, sensuality, passions, emotions and the divine feminine essence within. “To be creative, means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty” - Osho. Whilst dancing, visualise yourself loving life as a Goddess (if you are a man, and this does not resonate with you, connect to the feelings of passion and creativity) with beautiful energies enveloping your entire being, filling you with bliss, vitality and beauty. Dance moves for this chakra include: vibrant Latin dancing, belly dancing and any other form of dance that loosens your hips and deepens your sense of creative sensuality.
Step 3) Empowering the Solar Plexus Chakra
Located just above your navel, the solar plexus is about your sense of power, confidence, personal boundaries and your inner warrior. Free your spirit and dance in front of mirror to reflect back just how powerful and fabulous you really are. By owning your power you will attract more of what you want into your life and feel self-assured. Visualise yourself as a strong proud warrior taking command of the dance floor. Street Dancing and Zumba are great ways to ignite your sense of inner confidence and power. Alternatively, if you want to try something different for your solar plexus, the ancient tribal warrior dance ‘Maori Haka’, uniquely expresses releases your inner and outer warrior.
Step 4) Loving the Heart Chakra
“Where there is love, there is life” - Gandhi. Located in the centre of your chest, the heart chakra is connected to unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion. Love every part of you and aim to let go of anything no longer serving you, so life can flow beautifully with an abundance of love. Whilst dancing, visualise yourself surrounded in pink light and then place both hands in the middle of your chest. Feel the sacred LOVE for the dancer in you as your hands rise whenever you breathe in and lower every time you breathe out. Absorb the love and softness pulsating from your heart. No matter what form of dance you are doing, just embrace and feel love coming from within enabling your soul energy to come alive.
Step 5) Expressing truth with the Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is connected to your verbal and non-verbal expression. It’s about communicating truthfully with clarity. Through clear communication, your interactions with yourself and others become smoother. A great way to balance the throat chakra is to chant a sacred chant, sing or hum along to the music you are dancing to. Be sure to vocalise your sounds with truth and meaning as if you are living and vibrating every lyrical word or chant from every pore as you harmonise this chakra.
Step 6) Trusting your intuitive Brow Chakra
Your brow or third eye is found in the centre of your forehead in between your eye brows. This chakra symbolises psychic insight and trusting that inner knowing: your intuition. Thoreau once said “it's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” The art of going within and trusting your inner guidance before projecting your visions onto the outside world is empowering. When dancing, close your physical eyes and listen to any music you enjoy, as this allows you to go within into a meditative state, shutting off from the material world, tapping into divine intuition and clarity from spirit. Once you feel relaxed with your eyes closed, loosely move your body to the rhythm of the music, which may feel strange, but is a great way to feel the music, feed your soul and inspire inner visions.
Step 7) Feeling awesome with your Crown Chakra
Lingering closely above the top of your head is the crown chakra. This resonates with connecting to your higher consciousness of love, peace, energy, beauty, wisdom, clarity and that we are all one coming from one infinite source. Dance styles for the crown chakra include Ballet, 5Rhythms and Ecstatic Dance. Twist and turn your body, raise your hands above your head as if you are calling for a beautiful ray of starlight energy to pass through your crown chakra, opening the portal to one infinite source for enlightenment. Do as Terri Guillemets says: “when you dance to your own rhythm, life taps its toes to your beat.”
Chakra dancing or not, by letting go and moving to rhythmic beats, it makes me feel good about myself. And if YOU think you can’t dance, remember Martha Graham's saying: “great dancers are great because of their passion”, not for being perfect. Go forth with creativity, passion and connection to every part of you through your chakras. To dance is to be authentic. To dance is to come alive.