Practice Series: Dance with the Pulse of Nature

 

The theme for this month's Practice Series is NATURE.

We are made of nature—she exists within us, in our bones, muscles, heart, and lungs. She is pulsing through our movement, our breath, and our heartbeat. This week we are honoring the elements creatively by moving as them, in a dance of gratitude.

Last week we chose an element we feel called to connect with more deeply for the rest of the month. If you didn’t already, you may choose one now: earth, air, fire, or water. 

Below is one song for each element, which will evoke the qualities of that element.  

Please do this practice when you have 10 minutes where you can be alone (or with someone who wants to do this with you!). The intention is to offer your prayers and gratitude to Mother Earth by dancing as her, and to her. Your movement is the prayer. 

Practice: 

  1. Take a moment to breathe deeply down into your body and set an intention for this short practice. For example: “may this be an offering for water.” 
  2. Press play on your chosen song. 
  3. Begin to allow your body to move as that element. Feel that aspect of nature inside you and as a part of you as you move. Any sounds, emotions, or sensations are welcome. 
  4. Give your body’s movement to your chosen element as a gift, an offering of love. There is no right or wrong; however you move is a gift.
  5. When the song ends, you may wish to give a gesture of gratitude, like a bow, and move back into your day. 

Earth

Fire

Water

Air 

 

Photo by David Clow on Flickr (CC); songs in order listed: "Black Mesa" by Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors, "Dinner at the Sugarbush" by Drum Sex, "River Goddess" by Maneesh De Moor, "River Flows" in You by Yiruma

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Emily Levang

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Emily has a passion for news with both truth and heart. As co-founder of Invoke, Emily’s vision is to bring women’s voices together in the trials, triumphs, and bad-ass moments that make us powerful, vulnerable and creative. Emily is a certified Integral Coach, a leadership facilitator and earned a BA in Economics. Her yoga and meditation practices keep her grounded while she expresses her feminine grit and grace.


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'Practice Series: Dance with the Pulse of Nature' has 1 comment

  1. August 18, 2015 @ 7:09 am Wendylena

    Emily and Anna,
    This is the first practice series of Invoke’s that I’ve done since my brother died. Loved the powerful drum opening of the fire element and immediately went into a primal keening and stomping that helped me relieve my grief. Thank you, dear women.

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