Along with story-telling and singing, dance is the most common practice amongst different cultures across the world and across time.
THIS IS HUGE! And… This is NOT a coincidence.
(By the way, an amazing FREE Dance-a-thon is happening RIGHT NOW in our FB Embody Tribe. The dances are on FIRE… Come check it out…)
Before talk therapy. Before sharing on FB. Before girl’s night over martinis – there was dance.
Dance was a prayer. Dance was a cleansing of the body & soul. Dance was a way to maintain your sanity. Dance was a way to commune with yourself, with nature and with your community. Dance was a non-negotiable. It was part of life – like eating, sleeping and making love.
Now, we live in a world that is increasingly westernized, with more and more focus on productivity which usually means more and more time in front of a screen instead of moving in our bodies.
There is no more space for dancing. There is no more space for embodiment. There is no more space for communing with ourselves sans Instagram.
We have to actively create it.
And this is why I’m so passionate about embodiment & dance. It has stood the test of time. It is a global language that speaks to every human. It is a primal way for us to connect back to our roots, our essence and our truth.
If you’ve figured out the mind piece, and you’ve done the talk therapy piece and you’ve hired the business strategist and you are still feeling empty, heavy and disconnected or like you’re hitting a wall – it could be because you haven’t incorporated what humankind has known for centuries… Dance is vital to our spirit!
If it wasn’t, it simply wouldn’t be widespread across all cultures and throughout time.
If you’ve been feeling frustrated and unable to connect to your body, If you’ve been desiring adding in an embodiment piece to your teaching in the world, Or if you KNOW the power of letting your body lead and would love to spread the healing effects of dance therapy,
Each month, we will be highlighting a member of our Embody Teaching Team. This month, we are featuring Stephanie Burg. I’m so lucky to call Stephanie a dear sister who stands beside me in our mission to help women feel more awesome in their bodies.
Her upcoming classes in Charleston are Feb 24 & March 10! RSVP here.
A Board Certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and former professional ballerina, Stephanie Burg is a fierce advocate for the human form. She teaches women how to return to the innate wisdom and brilliance of their female bodies. Stephanie believes that when a woman loves the body she calls home, she embraces her power to create the life she was born to live. Stephanie is honored and excited to share her love of movement with Embody to support women in accessing their soul’s qualities of freedom, joy and expression through dance. You can find more about Stephanie here.
A story about feeling heavy, unsafe and disconnected in your body …
And how a simple practice can shift you into lightness and expansion.
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She looked at me sweaty, smiling and with glistening tears in her eyes and said “You know, I’ve never really felt my palms before.”
We had just finished an Embody class and the voice belonged to a beautiful business coach who ran an incredibly successful practice.
I was floored.
I mean, I’ve had women share with me their most moving moments of class:
The moment they imagined looking into the eyes of their 5 year-old self and felt pure unconditional love…
The moment they traced the curve of their own hips and felt a deep reverence for their feminine body…
The moment where they were able to throw out the polite girl and reach in for the angry warrior ready to step into her full power.
But never, really, never had I even thought about the profound impact one sentence could have on a student. That one touch of her palm on her body completely shifted her into an experience of connection.
I was so touched. And humbled. And reminded that the power of embodiment is so healing.
In my own personal life, I’ve had a challenging & heartbreaking few months (which I promise I’ll share about more very soon.)
And my ability to remain connected to every single sense, every single momentary wave of emotion that washed over my body, every single attempt in my body to contract and shut down… it was this connection that helped me survive one of the most challenging times of my life.
In fact, I didn’t just survive. I thrived.
And this isn’t just about me. This is the medicine that the world needs right now!
This is about moving away from just the collective righteous rage we’ve been feeling (as a result of the news the last few months) and into a place of deep connection to our bodies so we can really perceive our YESes and our NOs and stop feeling powerless in the face of powerful men.
Before I was embodied, I did not know how to even pick up on my body’s signals.
I didn’t know what my needs were. Or how to cultivate a sense of safety within. Or know how to nurture my own inner little girl.
I didn’t know how to step into a powerful no without feeling like a bitch. Or discern whether I wanted to hire that new employee or not. Or feel intense heartbreak without contracting and shutting down.
And I can’t even tell you how many times I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have sex or not.
And so you can guess what happened. I shrugged and went for it. Only to realize later, oh right yeah that was NOT what I wanted.
I want you to feel that connection so you never have to be unsure, unsafe or unheard. I want that for you. For your sister. And your mother. And your daughter. And have that ripple out into the entire world.
And Embody seems to be my vehicle. My way of giving this back to the world.
Because this is the next step for us. This is the loving weapon that will help us win the war that has been waged against our bodies, our femininity and our body wisdom.
This is how we rearrange the patriarchy into a system that serves and exalts everyone. This is how we build a sustainable life that creates space for our sensual nourishment, our embodied power AND our spreadsheets.
Even if we’ve never met, I adore you. I see you. Because we have all dealt with similar challenges of being silenced, feeling unsafe and being forced to disconnect so we can survive.
But it’s not about survival anymore. It’s time for us to THRIVE.
Join the movement and spread embodiment throughout your being and the being of others. Be part of the change. Rise up to the call of pleasure. It’s your time.