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Posts tagged ‘Shadow & Light practice’

Quivers in this Vessel

A Dancemeditation session is a process of spiraling inward toward the center of the self, then coming out again, but I am not so fond of the clinical feeling of that descriptor. A Dancemeditation session is a work of art. It has light and shadow, shape and beauty, texture and time. It is creative. Ineffable spiritual awakening quivers in this vessel. Read more

Perpetual Motion

Practice: Perpetual Motion
Use any music that has a steady rhythm (different tempi are fine) without silences at a sustainable pace.
Keep moving as much of the entire body as possible for a minimum of 20 minutes. 40 minutes is best.

Though I generally begin with a sense of obligatory gloom, Perpetual Motion practice invariably morphs into fun once endorphins kick in. Read more

Seeking Symmetry

Shadow and Light practice is now very active. The right half of my body continues to feel dense, but brewing…

One exercise in formal dance composition is to create symmetrical designs with the body. These are rather static as it is difficult to locomote in symmetry. With two or four people, symmetry is more lively but still suggests stability. I enjoy considering my body in light of these universal design principals, though they have no bearing on physical sensation.

In daily life, we employ our natural symmetries, for the most part, asymmetrically: dominant-handedness, driving the car, etc. If we could get our eyes to operate independently of one another we’d multi-task our vision. Limbs develop according to the tasks they are asked to do.

My ballet teacher began preparatory barre-work exercises always on the same side, often not bothering with the second side (unusual in ballet!) The Islamic prayer curls the right toes curled under in the Qa’adah. Dervish whirling goes only counterclockwise. (Those of us who do this practice feel how the two knees have opposing torques.) Examples are endless.

In Shadow & Light practice my body has an opportunity to object, react, and express her experience with these long-term habituations.