“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Dance has been a part of our collective history for a very, very long time, although we do not know since exactly when. “Dance has been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since before the birth of the earliest human civilizations. Archaeology delivers traces of dance from prehistoric times such as the 30,000-year-old Bhimbetka rock shelters paintings in India and Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from c. 3300 BC.” We have been moving our bodies in a manner that celebrates life, and death, across the ages of history. Letting our voices be quiet, while we express the complexities of feelings with our forms in movement. There is no doubt that dance is a powerful device.
So, when was the last time you got up and danced? When you were glad to relinquish the ties that keep us from moving to our music? I would say, Bowspringers, there’s a good chance it was when you were last on your mat! Our practice is as beautiful, and can be as poignantly expressive as any other dance. When we give ourselves permission to move in new ways; liberate ourselves from ideas that bind; we too let ourselves be expressed in ceremony and celebration. Our Bowspring practice invites this dance; the root of the hips back and down to invite the limitless rise of the heart. The spools of the waist and neck narrow, lengthen and tone with the forward and upward rise of the bow. And there is the pulse of the breath that guides us, an exhalation to bow and look inwards and an inhalation to express and open upwards.
When we make the time to come to our practice, to playfully express our movement, we contribute to the universal dance that is the celebration of life. Let us never stop grooving! There is music playing… can you hear it?
We’ll see one another on our mats!