Chakradance is a dance practice for body and soul. It’s a powerful experience that will free and energize you. It combines spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music to promote that wonderful state of calm vitality known as “well- being”. The music resonates deeply with each of the seven major energy centres - chakras - in turn. Many who have experienced Chakradance claim it has transformed their lives for the better; others, simply that they enjoyed it hugely.
It is not about steps or performance; you dance with your eyes closed in a darkened room. It’s more like a dynamic, moving meditation. It’s completely about freedom of expression; there is no right way to Chakradance as everyone has his or her own rhythm and movement, that will vary day to day. With its roots in Jungian psychology, Chakradance encourages people to dance for self-discovery and self-healing.
Chakradance is almost like entering into a waking dream. Specifically selected and composed music, and tailored visualizations help you tap into your inner world. You close your eyes and surrender to the music. From here the process involves letting the movements emerge spontaneously. As the music’s vibrations affect you, and you allow the deeper self to move you, you may see images in your mind’s-eye, recall memories or gain insights related to each chakra. You may also feel emotions or physical sensations. In Jungian style we ground the experiences back into the conscious mind through a mandala art exercise
There are seven main chakras corresponding and regulating different levels of ourselves - physical, emotional, mental, relationships, communication, vision and connection. These centers of energy may be under or over active, may be holding or over-releasing. Balancing them leads to many benefits, including better relationships, improved confidence and self esteem, emotional health, enhanced creativity, and heightened inspiration and clarity. But the biggest benefit of all is the absolute freedom to be yourself!
Each of the seven chakras vibrates at its own frequency. Music is able to balance the chakras by using the sound vibrations to tune each energy center. The music is a combination of modern dance music, music sourced from around the world and specific musical tones that resonate with the chakras. Interwoven with the music are the pure tones of crystal bowls, that release a vibrational sound field that is an essential ingredient of each dance..
Chakradance music has a lasting effect. The vibrations continue to pulse outward into our energy field long after the sounds have stopped playing. The more we experience these healing sounds, the greater and the more permanent the effect. When the music is combined with spontaneous dance, the healing effect is magnified.
Natalie Southgate developed in 1998 because she wanted to combine her work in Jungian psychology and chakra healing with her passion for dance and music. In my own case I chose to become a facilitator as it brings together all the threads of my life - a psychology degree, Arts in Health course, healing work, my love of sacred sound and my joy in dance. It feels like what I came here to do and each time I lead a session I am amazed by the power and beauty of Chakradance, and buy the unique grace of each participant.
Chakradance is unique because it’s a cross between dynamic meditation and dance. It requires you to participate physically, emotionally, intellectually AND spiritually. It is extremely therapeutic, although not in an analytical way. The key to its healing power is the experience itself. Not only is it a physical activity, Chakradance truly integrates body and soul.