Waiting for Breath: Dance as Life, with Vinn Arjuna Martí

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WAITING FOR BREATH: LIFE AS DANCE, with Vinn Arjuna Martí

 

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Vinn Arjuna Martí, award-winning choreographer, performer, master teacher, and  founder of  Soul Motion, in conversation with Stefana Serafina about the value of pausing amidst the moving moment, the exploration of self,  relationship, and the psyche through the shapes, energy, and movements of the body in motion,  and on the power of bringing dance to "the citizens", people from all backgrounds who find medicine in practicing one of the most ancient expressive arts.

“Notice being breathed. Blow through the lips as if there were candles before you, until there was nothing left. And then, empty, wait for breath. Do nothing. Wait. It will come; It is guaranteed. It’s a gift. It's unearned merit. And  it will fill you.”               Arjuna

ABOUT ARJUNA

Vinn Arjuna Martí is an award-winning choreographer, global performer, master teacher and founder of  the  conscious dance practice Soul Motion®. Vinn Arjuna has been teaching movement for over 35 years and along the way has trained and worked with many teachers, including Gabrielle Roth of the 5Rhythms. Arjuna has been passionate about bringing  dance and movement to people of all backgrounds and including those who have never trained or performed as dancers. He teaches around the world, and also  trains teachers and facilitators, while  also continuing  to be a student, guided by his curiosity and respect for others's teachings and ideas. 

More about Arjuna's work at www.soulmotion.com

WISDOM BITES FROM THIS EPISODE 

"What is alive is in motion. So what I say to people who say they don't dance is,  I would like to explore with you, when two notes get together and  strike at the same time, what then shows up as a third force.  I'd like for you and I to play with that, and to realize the unseen."

   "I always aligned myself with the citizen. Even as a technique oriented dancer, even as a member of the inner circles of 5 Rhythms, something always spoke to my heart about wanting to include the excluded. Because everyone thinks, everyone moves.  My heart has always been full of desire to reach all people, because all people can shift weight, and all people breathe, and all people focus attention, and all people can have a response. So it's always been a passion of mine to not keep what I have for the "initiated people", or to somehow separate myself from the citizen."  

"The pause-presence is a holy place. It is a whole place. When we pause within being present, the place, the space, the room have a "whole" vibration, a whole signature, a totality of all of us being, listening, doing, understanding, standing under un umbrella that we all share. Something occurs that is not the traditional reaction to stimulus. Pausing is spiritual work, no  doubt about it. For me too It's too easy to be swept into reaction and to leave what my teacher calls the "base state", which is that place of presence where the thinking mind is  on relax, and i am truly present to the continuation of what I call the movement moment. There is such great  medicine and  value of pausing within the movement moment, within the continuity of thought patterns, emotional feelings, sound, and shapes of the body, and saying: I am going to pause in the presence of what is occurring and shape-shifting right now, within and without.                           For me, pause-presence is the most dynamic part of my dance: That opportunity to sense and understand my total body being guided and lifted and impressed by everyone in the room."

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Coming Home: A Descend Into the Bowl and Root of the Female Body, with Tami Lynn Kent

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THE WOMEN'S EDITION COMING HOME: A DESCEND INTO THE BOWL AND ROOT OF THE FEMALE BODY,  with Tami Lynn Kent

 

 

On restoring the balance, flow, and creativity  in a woman's life by reconnecting to  the "feminine root" of our bodies and the power inherent in the female anatomy, with Tami Lynn Kent,  author of Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body.

THIS EPISODE'S WISDOM QUOTES 

"Encircles by pelvic bones, round and smooth,  the root of the female body is like a bowl. Here, in the womb, a woman will find the energy she holds for herself and for the mothering her creations. For centuries,  women have been the bowl- they have been basket makers weaving containers that held food and water just as their bodies held the energy of the children and home. In urban times and modern settings, female roles have been redefined, but a woman's body still holds or releases energy from the root."

"I feel that women are fundamentally disconnected from the pelvic bowl and part of that disconnection has to do with shame, and also with what they have learned about their bodies, which often comes in a very technical language that doesn't have the poetry and the mystery and the depth that our  bodies are really capable of, when indeed that's what we are: We are the beauty, we are the doorway in, we are where all life begins, we are the vessels. But working with women has shown me that not only they are disconnected, but they sometimes do not  want to connect, and part of the reason is all the meaning and associations and the language that we use regarding the feminine bowl.  So I started using a more poetic language of words that came from the earth and those resonated more deeply, and also poetry and song. That was my way of inviting women back into their own beautiful space and welcoming them to this home. Because this really is a home each woman carries within that holds all the medicine she needs for everything she will encounter. This space is capable of magic, really. When the life force comes down through this open doorway, this is a magic channel that all all want to be tuned to."

ABOUT TAMI

Tami Lynn Kent is a women's health physical therapist who works with the creative energy of the female body, and the rebalancing of the female anatomy.  Tami is the author of Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body, Mothering From Your Center, and Wild Creative. She is is also the founder of  Holistic Pelvic Care, bridging together  the realms of modern medicine and traditional women's wisdom. In her own words, Tami is dedicated to teaching  women to access the potential of their bodies and to cultivate their creative energy that is meant to run through all aspects of a woman's life.

More about Tami and her work at www.wildfeminine.com  

 

ABOU STEFANA

Stefana Serafina is an embodiment educator and facilitator, and the founder of Intuitive Body and Dance, a platform providing women with experiences and education towards returning to their  bodies' inherent intelligence, intuitive and creative wisdom, and sensual expression. Based in the San Francisco Bay, Stefana  has been dedicated to women's embodied empowerment since 2009, offering courses, retreats, and temple spaces to women in California, Europe, and online. Intuitive Body and Dance weaves together somatic and expressive arts approaches, women's temple traditions, intuitive self-expression, and earth-centered spirituality.

More about host Stefana Serafina's embodiment work with women at www.intutivedance.org 

 

A Leap of Perception: How the Intuitive Body Dreams Our Reality, with Penney Peirce

A LEAP OF PERCEPTION: HOW THE INTUITIVE BODY DREAMS OUR REALITY, with Penney Peirce

On intuition and sensitivity as  higher intelligence and the power of embodied daydreaming and imagination as creative forces. We speak to Penney Pierce, author of 10 books on intuition and perception, about the importance of honoring one’s body not only as the soul’s only home, but also as the  powerful, intelligent system tapped into the unified field and capable of dreaming our desired realities into physical form– if given a chance.

Penney Peirce is one of the pioneers of the intuition development movement, who has researched and written about  inner energy dynamics, intuition, expanded perception,  dream  work and transformation since the 70s.  Penney is a popular author, lecturer, and trainer who has worked in the US, Japan, Europe, South America, and South Africa for four decades, coaching  business and government leaders, psychologists, scientists, and celebrities. She has been worked with The Center for Applied Intuition, The Intuition Network, The Institute for the Study of Conscious Evolution, and The Arlington Institute, and others. Penney has authored ten books, including  The Intuitive Way, Frequency, and  Leap of Perception. She lives in Ormond Beach, Florida.

More about Penney’s work: www.penneypeirce.com

THIS EPISODES WISDOM QUOTES:

“Intuition is still not seen as the highest form of perception because we are so addicted to the left brain, to analytical and language oriented perception, which is linear and creates separation between the observed and the observer.  When you move more into the right brain, and into the body, you go into a direct communion? you can’t observe what is happening because you are part of it. You don’t have language anymore, you go into a direct, immersed kind of knowing.”

“At any given moment we are materializing our body and our life based on a combination of love and fear. Love and fear act as filters. They are  like a sieve. The holes are love, it’s how love gets in and makes one smart and beautiful and genuine. The solid parts are the  fear: the rigidity and the contracted, limited belief systems. And because so many of us are attached to the left brain and doing things right and controlling life, our fluidity in the body is limited, and chronic pain and and illness occur. So there is a process we are all in where we are clearing the rigidity and the fear  out of the  way it’s been held on the body. As soon as you clear an emotional blockage, your body opens up. And if you move your body, you start clearing the emotional and mental blockages. It moves both ways- from the non-physical to the physical and vise versa.”

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More about host Stefana Serafina’s work with women: www.intuitivedance.org

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Earthly Bodies in the Virtual World: Anatomy of the Modern Human, with Andrea Olsen

EARTHLY BODIES IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD : ANATOMY OF THE MODERN HUMAN, with Andrea Olsen

 

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Guest Andrea Olsen is a pioneering embodiment educator and expert on experiential anatomy, the author of  a triad of books on the human body and its creative and intuitive expression. For the last three decades  Andrea  has been a Professor of Dance  and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont.

She is a long time collaborator with embodied mindfulness pioneers  Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen of Body-Mind Centering and Janet Adler of Authentic Movement.

Andrea also teaches at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California,  bringing body education and mindfulness practices into graduate courses on global communication.

More about Andrea’s work + teaching schedule:  

www.andrea-olsen.com

Andrea’s free Somatic Excursions collaborative project:

www.body-earth.org

This Episode’s Wisdom Quotes:

“Understanding that body is part of Earth is an essential component of human awareness. Our bones, and our breath, and our blood are the minerals and the air and the water around us, so that when you arrive someplace new, after a few days of drinking the water or eating the food from that place, you become that place. So the idea of separateness starts to fade and this larger model of interconnectedness becomes more primary in our awareness.”

“We are not naming the bones and the muscles to distance ourselves from the body but to consider these parts as family. To be able to name your femur or tibia or the fibula is like knowing your relatives and making the inhabitation of this wonderful structure that we’re in more familiar while retaining the mystery.”

More about host Stefana Serafina’s work with women: www.intuitivedance.org

Reclaiming the Witch: Reinstating Women’s Power Through Rewriting the Myth of Witchcraft

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RECLAIMING THE WITCH: REINSTATING WOMEN'S POWER THROUGH REWRITING THE MYTH OF WITCHCRAFT,  with Judika Illes

 

On taking back the  definition of "witch" and rewriting the myth of the women's power, with Judika Illes, an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books and encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of  Witchcraft, published by Harper Collins. 

On taking back the  definition of "witch" and rewriting the myth of the women's power, with Judika Illes, an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books and encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of  Witchcraft, published by Harper Collins. 

THIS EPISODE'S WISDOM QUOTES

Reclaiming "witch" cannot really be done without reclaiming women's power in general.

Witches are defiant, in their power, and take pride in women's power. They are not beholden, they are independent in their power. They don't have to ask their father of their brother or their husband or son what they should do. Witches are the power in themselves."

Witchcraft is about knowledge, and it's about knowledge of the earth, knowledge of the elements, of the heavens and the water... The roots of witchcraft and shamanism go back to really primordial times when witches were the leaders and the heroes of their community.

The constant objectification of women's bodies paralyzes us. If we are constantly worried about what we look like, we can't be free...

Dance is a way of summoning the spirits. Dance is a way to commune with the different forces of the earth, the different dimensions and beings. The most consistently reliable way of contacting them is dance.

For more abut Judika Illes, visit her webpage: www.judikailles.com

For more on host Stefana Serafina's work in women's embodied empowerment, go to www.intuitivedance.org

Our Bodies and Earth: On Why Nature Is Our Primary Relationship, with Jamie McHugh

OUR BODIES AND EARTH: ON WHY NATURE IS OUR PRIMARY RELATIONSHIP,  WITH JAMIE McHUGH

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A conversation about our bodies as aspects of Earth and nature as a human’s primary relationship. On the need- and the luxury!- of attuning our bodies’  ecosystems to the wakeful intelligence of our natural world and romancing our inner and outer nature as a way of self-knowing.

Host Stefana Serafina speaks to Jamie McHugh, an embodiment educator who has been on faculty at the Tamalpa Institute and JFK University for over 25 years. A somatic therapist and coach, Jamie is also the creator of Somatic Expression, a method for practicing the art  of conscious relationship between one’s own body and the living landscape.

THIS EPISODE’S WISDOM QUOTES

“Once we plug into the larger body of the Earth, we have more possibilities and choices for the fullness of our being to emerge. So in our daily lives, do we have simple little places of green, trees, and water? Where can we go in our immediate environment to settle into ourselves and resonate with the elements?

What is essential for those non-linear and magical relationships between human and nature to happen is that we change our internal sense of time as well as our literal sense of time to allow those to happen. The tradition of Sabbath, of unplugging,  is very useful here: If we take one day out  of seven to unplug and journey into the environment, find a place and hang out there and give ourselves a chunk of time, we can take on the informing of that area. Magic, like earth time, takes time.”

“Movement as a healing art is a kind of a hero’s journey to shed our conditioning and our experience of being a body in modern culture.”

“We have to rediscover? How do we play as adults? How to enrich our movement repertoire? How do we allow our psyches and somas to loosen the tethers of who we think we are and allow ourselves to participate in our lives and landscape in a much different way?”

To find out more about Jamie’s work, visit

www.somaticexpression.com

For more on Stefana’s women’s embodiment work, visit

www.intuitivedance.org

Women’s Sexuality as a Gateway to the Great Mystery, with Shakti Malan PhD

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Shakti-MalanWOMEN'S SEXUALITY AS A GATEWAY TO THE GREAT MYSTERY AND REDISCOVERING THE FEMININE  PRINCIPLE,  with Shakti Malan PhD

 

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On this episode of the Women's Edition, Stefana Serafina speaks to Shakti Malan, PhD, who passed away in July 2017 after a courageous journey with breast cancer.  In the conversation, recorded a year before her passing ,  we speak about some of the topics that Shakti was able to develop, teach, and bring  strongly into the world while  she lived:  Sexuality as a vital life force and the need to rediscover and embody its fluid, undirected flow in the female body as way of reconnecting to Earth, rebalancing the feminine principle, and liberating consciousness.

Tune in for this rich conversation about the body as a resource and an ally, the nature of sexual energy, Lilith and Eve, releasing sexual trauma and trusting the feminine flow again. Although this episode is under the Women's edition, it is a truly educational one that you could share with your men partners, friends, and collaborators as well.

ABOUT SHAKTI MALAN, PhD

Shakti was an internationally recognized expert in embodied sexuality, sexual healing and utilizing our sexual force for personal and collective awakening. She taught consciousness awakening through  sexuality and embodiment,  and developed tools for  releasing sexual trauma and body armoring, and reached thousand of people across the world to . She made an especially rich contribution to the lives of women.  Her book Sexual Awakening for Women is a popular tantric workbook  and a comprehensive manual for  healing sexual wounding and restoring the feminine principle in women's sexuality.

To learn more, visit www.shaktimalan.com

To learn more about host Stefana Serafina's embodiment work with women, visit www.intutivedance.org 

THIS EPISODE's WISDOM QUOTES

"The feminine principle is the sexual principle, there is no difference really between the feminine and sexuality... A feminine body is a round, fluid, undulating ocean of sexual energy that wants  to move in an undirected and explorative way....Female sexuality and our sexual organs are a gateway to our inner mysteries. When we return to the innocence of our bodies and our sexuality and stop using our bodies to please or get something from others, and when we return to a connection between our souls, hearts, and sexuality, then when someone enters into us, that entering is going ti be an entering into the inner mysteries of the Divine Feminine. And with conscious and devotional attitude to the act of lovemaking, the one who enters a woman's temple will knowingly be entering the mysteries of Divine Feminine, and will be transformed by her."

"For us women to really discover our sexuality, it's is a looking inwards. It's a closing of our eyes and imagining that we are looking down in the body. We need to feel ourselves from the inside out, which is the opposite of what most women experience because we are so attuned to our partners, children, and communities, and our sexuality can become so externalized... In the act of making love, for women the natural movement is very much like a river, a fluid, spiraling, circular movement,  not at all what we see in the porn movies, which is the back-and-forth, pumping movement, very goal-oriented toward the genital orgasm. In fact, women's bodies want to really deeply relax and go into the soft, fluid unwinding. And that is the gateway."

 

Our Bodies As Record Keepers, with Dr. Ruby Gibson

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OUR BODIES AS RECORD KEEPERS of ANCESTRAL STORIES- AND HOW TO REMEMBER, WITH RUBY GIBSON ThD

 

 

 

 

 

Host Stefana Serafina speaks to Ruby Gibson, ThD, about our bodies as record keepers and storytellers. According to Dr. Ruby's research and the  Somatic Archaeology© technique she developed, our bodies are much like archeological sites that hold the artifacts of our personal and multigenerational past,  and through that, the capacity to "remember" the stories of our lineage and forgotten past and bring them to resolution and reconciliation.

Dr. Ruby Gibson is  an international educator, researcher,  and author. A somatic pioneer,  for the last 35 years she  has been bridging bodywork, transpersonal psychology, human behavior, shamanism, and spirituality into two unique techniques she developed, called Somatic Archaeology© and Generational Brainspotting©.  Dr. Ruby's research has focused on trans-generational healing and recovery, centrally through the body's memory and wisdom.  She  is the executive director of the Freedom Lodge, a nonprofit organization providing  historical trauma healing to Native American populations. She offers trainings and workshops internationally.

This episode's wisdom quotes:

"Our bodies   like Earth are the keepers of memory. Just like the Earth contains the historical library of life in its ruins, graves, trees, rocks and oceans, our bodies inherit the archives of our ancestors, in their cells, muscles, blood, and bones...When we wish to examine how we evolved as a culture and a species, we dig in the earth...To examine how each of us evolved as individuals or as family systems, and to explore the social and spiritual influences that have shaped us, we excavate our bodies."

  "I believe it's the occupation of our generation to remember.  We have the resources, the capacity, and time to begin remembering our familial and ancestral stories. We are not simply remembering  for ourselves.  What we can remember we can potentially cure. And that cure lightens the burden of the ancestors who came before us. From what I've seen, they are waiting for this generation to clean up some things that they weren't able to clean up. And we are also lightening up he load for the next 7 generations. "

Find more about Ruby Gibson ThD's work at:

www.freedomlodge.org

For more about host Stefana Serafina's work with women, visit:

http://www.intuitivedance.org

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Women’s Bodies as Vessels for Evolution, with Chameli Ardagh

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WOMEN'S BODIES AS VESSELS FOR EVOLUTIONS with CHAMELI ARDAGH 

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In this episode of the Women's Edition, host Stefana Serafina speaks to Chameli Ardagh, founder of the Awakening Women Institute, about women and their bodies' inherent wisdom as the bringers of a new dawn for the world.

Chameli Ardagh is a leading pioneer in contemporary feminine spirituality, and has inspired thousands of women around the world with her breakthrough methods for living and embodying  feminine awakening.

This Episodes Wisdom Quote: "A woman's body is a vessel for evolution. Not only the womb is a microcosmic experience of the greater cosmic creativity but a woman's body is aligned to the greater cycles of nature. When we come closer to our bodies, we come closer to the universal dance? the wisdom and rhythms that we have as a culture forgotten, and we live in the consequence of this separation from these rhythms, destroying ourselves and our world. So women are the teachers. We as a collective are waiting for the women to come forth and bring back this intimate knowing we have in our bodies about the cycles and rhythms and how the universe moves. Women through their bodies can guide us back to a sustainable way of living."

To find out more about Chameli's work and teachings, visit

https://awakeningwomen.com/

More about host Stefana Serafina's embodiment work with women:

http://www.intuitivedance.org/