Updated: Oct 6
I love that I have been influenced in my own dance teaching & practice by such two amazing teachers & individuals who have been teaching for more than 3 decades & are still teaching to this day
Photograph of a Mzuri Dance class near the end. Students are offered ideas on which positions to warm down with and then there is time for personal cool down, meditation and reflection.
Self Care and wellness is on trend this decade, but some iconic teachers have lead us down this preferred garden path to stillness, discipline, creativity, flexibility of mind and body through yoga, meditation and post modern dance for at least 30 years....
The healing power of dance, yoga & meditation.
The last 15 minutes of a Mzuri dance class is always spent in movement therapy, stretching, gentle yoga with breath work & meditation. Settling the body and feeling the results of your effort. Allowing time to stretch & release lactic acid from muscles for detoxification. Feel the support of the ground take the weight of your body, soften the viscera and muscles. Experience the lasting nourishment and restoration of your body, mind & heart beyond the 90 minute session.
My warm up & cool downs come from a few main influences but I want to highlight 2 amazing teachers here today. Firstly from extensive contemporary dance training with Karen Ermacora at Deakin University Rusden of “Shakti Spirals Creative and Chakra Dance” who had a huge impact on me in my formative years at Rusden with particular influences such as Laban Movement Analysis, Cunningham and Graham and secondly from Tony Rothberg’s Bridge Yoga #bridgeyoga which focuses on the systematic integration of the mind, body & breath in yoga. I love that I have been influenced in my own dance teaching & practice by such two amazing teachers & individuals who have been teaching for more than 3 decades & are still teaching to this day - so inspiring & reaffirming.