Conscious Healthy Rhythms: Part -2

You might be wondering, where is the Part-2 of Conscious Rhythms! My apology for taking too long to connect the second piece. I was super slammed with Spring Semester MBA final exams and assignments. Now I am back on stage to complete where I left.

Laurie Martin is a Choreographer of Well-being. Besides Drumming, her HealthRHYTHMS program have another connection for liberation is with CONSCIOUS DANCE.  Joining a Conscious Dance Camp in 2008 at Burning Man, implanted the seeds of combining the dance slice to what Laurie Martin was already practicing and offering. This first experience at Burning Man, led her to join 5 Rhythms workshops, which were mostly offered in Sacramento Bay area to become a Conscious dance teacher. In the summer of 2016 she completed her dancing freedom course at Sierra Hot Springs. Ever since she has been a dancing facilitator at River School Farm, Burning Man, Tahoe Yoga and Wellness center and many other places.

Laurie’s dancing path is an elemental journey, guiding people in their exploration of 5 primordial elements. It begins with Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether.  Every set, she offers creates a set of music which guides through all these elements and connects with the nature. She calls this practice as Conscious Practice and offers this on alternate Sundays from 9:30 am to noon at River School Farm, Reno Nevada.

The 5 Rhythms flows are, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. These are a work of Gabriella Roth mentioned in her book Sweat Your Prayers. A teacher of 5 Rhythms creates a set of these rhythms and the individual goes through all the five stages.

According to research, women are most likely to suffer depression than men. The reasons are not clear but studies suggest that on a psychological level, women are more likely to internalize and take personal responsibility for their problems. In contrast, men are more likely to turn to distracting behaviors such as substance abuse or alcoholism.

Dance provides an alternative way to externalize the suppressed feelings of women and men alike.  It is believed that acting out hidden past hurts and frustrations can help a individual to come to terms with their emotional problems and thus, learn to deal with them. Those who have tried dance to cope with depression found that it is uplifting and enhances their creativity.

Though Laurie’s serves as a Dancing Freedom Teacher or Facilitator through the elemental journey. But her works serves as a dance therapy and one can create their own benefit cycle. For those who are interested to learn more, Dance Freedom Teacher course is offered in Nevada City, California. The next teacher training is in Guatamala in February

Writing on ‘Conscious Healthy Drumming’ is in continuation of my reflection to contribute to Vibrant Healthy Communities. Would love to hear your your experience or thoughts on drumming! 

Author: VandanaSandhir

Developing Vibrant Communities

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