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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Venkova

Healthy Sundays-The Art of Dance

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

I am sitting here, reading, writing, sipping my warm cup of tea, listening to some 80s sounds (oh, these were good years for the music industry). And can't help myself but move to the rhythm of the music, right at this moment, it is Lionel Richie and "Dancing on the ceiling". Classic of the genre. And I thought... what is music and what is dance, and what is it to me? People who know me well know that I tend to be quite reserved, I'm not the party animal, I honestly prefer a nice cup of tea and my favourite series to loud music and nightclubs. But I still catch myself sometimes feeling the beats and rhythm and making some strange movements in the sacred secrecy of my bedroom.

And because it is a Healthy Sunday once again and I've mentioned before, that in this posts I will share with you practises to keep you sane and healthy, I give you The Art of Dance today! Wikipedia explains: Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. But speaking of health, physical and mental, how can dance help achieve mindfulness, destress and help oneself relax?

There are a lot of mindfulness practises and dancing is not an exception. Dancing Mindfulness is a channel for accessing mindful awareness that can be practiced individually or with a group, in the confines of a space like a yoga studio or treatment center, or in the daily arenas of your life. Dancing mindfulness honors the invitation to “come as you are.” Participants are able to realize the rhythmic qualities of their breathing and heartbeats; to discover the healing, lyrical properties in even the most simple movements; and quite literally, to be able to express their own, personal story through dance. Many practitioners of dancing mindfulness also experience a deepened connection to other outlets of creativity through their practice, including, but not limited to writing, music making, art making, and photography. Find more about it here.

This Sunday I invite you to move a little bit. Get up, play some music and just feel the rhythm! There's some inspiration for you!


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