What is a Chakra?

Chakra is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disk and it refers to the vortices of energy which form the subtle energy system surrounding the human body. We are all energy, light beings existing in the Universal Energy Field. The only difference between me, you and everyone and everything around us is the vibrational frequency of the energy.

There are seven major chakras, which run along the spine from the base at your coccyx to the top of the head. These seven spinning disks of light resonate with the beautiful colours of the rainbow, which make them easy to remember!

When the energy is flowing freely through our chakras we feel nurtured, nourished and vitalised by the energy from the universal field. When there is a block somewhere in our energy system and it isn’t functioning as it should we can feel lethargic, anxious, depressed and even physically unwell. The Chakras don’t work in isolation, they are all connected and work best as a whole. They are also allied with our endocrine system, which controls the levels of hormones secreted into our bodies and helps maintain our optimum health. An imbalance or blockage in our energy flow can trigger a chain reaction around the body and have far reaching implications. To read more on this please see the Further Reading page of this site.

Why should we balance our Chakras?

Many of us understand the importance of work-life balance and a nutritional balanced diet, the benefits are well-documented. More recently we are finding increased interest in a balanced approach to exercise and well-being too.
People are taking a more holistic approach to their exercise regime, to relieve some of the stress on their bodies – an alternative to the “no pain, no gain” mentality. Companies are inviting therapists in to facilitate meditation and mindfulness sessions for employees. They realise that happy and healthy staff can have massive benefits all round!

Balancing our Chakras or energy system is another part of this. We need to nurture the mind and soul as well as the physical body to be at our best. Think how you feel when you have pulled a muscle or cricked your neck whilst sleeping in a funny position. Do you feel on top form? It’s the same with your energy system. If something is not functioning as it should you will feel under par. This can lead to dis-ease in the body and manifest itself in the physical and emotional.
It can often feel like we need permission to do something for ourselves, like it feels selfish in some way. But when we nurture and care for ourselves and are healthy we put ourselves in the best possible position to love and care for others.

Why Dancing?

Most importantly – because exercise should be fun!

Exercise aids digestion and helps the lungs function better. Physical exercise also naturally releases endorphins, those feel good hormones that act as a natural anti-depressant. But we should enjoy exercise, not feel it’s a chore or dread someone shouting at us to worker harder or faster.

Chakra Dancing is a complete workout for the mind, body and soul. In the lower chakras we raise our heart rate through high-energy dance moves and then we unwind and slow down as we focus on the higher chakras and the inner self.

As we dance our way through the chakras we begin to look and feel better. We aim to sustain a continuous flow of positive energy. Our body becomes more toned and our energy levels increase, along with our self-confidence.
We become more in tune with ourselves both mentally and physically.

And the best thing about Chakra Dancing?

The fact that there’s no wrong or right way to do it!

You can dance however you want to; move however your body wants you to; rest when you need to. It is free-form, spontaneous, organic movement to music and each time we dance it will be different, unique. This is a time for you to indulge yourself in the dance, not having to worry about following particular moves or that anyone is watching or judging you.

I facilitate the class in terms of guiding you through each chakra, but you dance for yourself; not for me or for anyone else.
You can lose yourself in the music and the dancing and truly let go. You are perfect, just as you are.