Embodied Bellydance® – Embracing the Energy Field
Awaken the feel good Neuropeptides the “Molecules of Emotion” (thank you Candace Pert) through the beauty and grace of Egyptian Dance
In her book, Molecules of Emotion: The Science behind Mind-Body Medicine, Dr. Candace Pert (who has worked with dancers and was also featured on film “what the bleep do we know”) describes the chakras as “minibrains”: nodal points of electrical and chemical activity that receive process and distribute information from and to the rest of your “bodymind.”
These minibrains reside in the midline of your body, where there is also an endocrine gland and a major nerve plexus. The seven endocrine glands are fed by their associated chakras. The endocrine glands manufacture hormones and supply them to the bloodstream, where they are carried to the organs and tissues in your body. The seven nerve plexuses, which are also located along your spinal cord, are responsible for transmitting nerve impulses. They are also dense with neuropeptides.
Neuropeptides have been dubbed the “molecules of emotion” as they are the chemistry associated with our emotions. They do not rely on transmission through the nervous system. If you are experiencing happiness, for example, you will find neuropeptides associated with happiness in your body; if you are sad, there will be ”sad” neuropeptides in your body, and so forth.
Each of the seven areas that contain these structures can be seen as a model of the bodymind. Your endocrine gland represents your body; the neuropeptides your emotions; the nerve plexus correlates with your mind; the subtle energy of the chakra correlates with your spirit. If a chakra is damaged it may cause disruption in the function of its associated endocrine gland. And, because the activity of the endocrine glands and nerve plexuses is interrelated and interdependent, if an endocrine gland isn’t functioning properly, it may affect your entire bodymind..
Inside of Bellydance there is Energy, we can go to this powerhouse and harness it to feed our dance. As a form, Egyptian dance physically expresses by way of the spirals, waves, circles, expresses a strong relationship to the patterns of the Chakras. The Chakras are very practical tools for creating strong physical and emotional connections. But not only that, this, combined with the spiritual energetic blue print of the chakras also harnesses the potential to heal ourselves and to feel good! As we bring into consciousness the subtle system of the Chakras though the dance of the spine, we open ourselves up to the gift we have inside. As a result of my own process of the combining of Egyptian dance to the physical expression of the Chakras thought movement and dance, I have personally experienced change, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Through entering a meditative inner conscious state, (chakras), feeling what emotions come up (Neuropeptides) observing your mind (Nerve plexus) and moving, dancing the curves, waves and spirals of your spine that radiate through the whole body (Body), you have the opportunity to expand self in all those ways, Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally and Physically.
This can only give you life and your dance more vitality and authenticity what ever your dance background is.
All welcome, Professionals, non professionals and complete beginners. All styles of dance and movement.