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MOVE YOUR BODY

Chakradance:Rhythm for your Soul NATALIE SOUTHGATE

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ith 30 accredited facilitators in Australia, and another 60 in 17 other countries around the world, Chakradance is currently the world’s fastest-growing healing dance practice. Its founder, Sydney-born Natalie Southgate, first created Chakradance in 1998 when living in London. Now based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Natalie explains its origins, how it works, and why it’s good for your soul… “In my twenties and thirties, I had explored many ‘new age’ practices dedicated to healing, consciousnessraising, working with energy and light. Along the way, I often experienced realities that seemed to be almost of ‘another world’. My struggle, in hindsight, was in connecting this ‘other world’ with my normal everyday self. I felt drawn to find a way to embody some of these remarkable experiences. In doing so, I was strongly guided to work with the chakra system as the most helpful ‘map’. We all have seven major chakras, each acting as an energetic gateway allowing universal

energy to flow in and out of our systems. Each chakra corresponds with particular organs and reflects different aspects of consciousness on emotional, psychological and spiritual levels. Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency, as well as related elements, crystals, archetypes, animals, planets etc. And these can all be used as pathways into the chakras enabling us to connect more deeply with the energies existing within each one. What was missing, for me, was a way of working with the chakras to experience them fully, as a complete system of embodied consciousness, not merely as an intriguing ‘mental map’. And then, one magical evening, dancing in the dark in my living room in London, I noticed that certain dancetracks had a powerful resonance with a particular chakra. This was the birth of Chakradance, a healing dance practice that uses specific chakra-resonant music and spontaneous dance to activate and balance the chakras. It took another ten years of experimentation and development, running classes in London and Sydney, before I felt ready

to share it more broadly with the world by training others in how to facilitate it. Dancing the seven chakras is like dancing into seven different worlds, each with its own lessons, meanings and stories. There is no right or wrong way to Chakradance. It’s a journey of self-discovery. Each chakra is explored through specific music, guided imagery and your own free, improvised dance, done with your eyes softly closed. This begins to activate inner experiences. It’s almost like entering into a waking dream. You will often see images in your mind’s eye while you are dancing, experience emotions and physical sensations, and gain insights. Classes, typically comprising a dozen or so participants, are held in candle lit spaces. Although music and dance form the primary focus, sessions also include mandala art-making and short meditations. Chakradance aims to awaken the body, open the mind, and call out to the soul. chakradance.com

Love Healing? Love Dance? Then you’ll love Chakradance® It’s the world’s fastest-growing healing dance practice. And you could be the first accredited Chakradance facilitator in your area! The first stage (so you can see if it feels right for you) of our Facilitator Training programme takes just two weeks, costs just $150, and is done at home, using workbooks and music files that we supply, together with email or telephone support as you prefer. Please visit our website for details

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| APRIL 2014 | Holistic Bliss

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Holistic bliss april vol 56  

Australia's premier holistic lifestyle magazine created on the Sunshine Coast

Holistic bliss april vol 56  

Australia's premier holistic lifestyle magazine created on the Sunshine Coast