Julie is coming back to Vienna! This Spring she will be offering her ever-popular Masterclasses and Sacred Dance sessions. Her special public workshop this season will be an explorative practice called 'Embody the Elements'.
Keep reading to learn more.
Embodying the Elements
We’re moving into a new age of yoga practices. Understanding human movement and how yoga needs to evolve has opened so many doorways to what we call a practice and why we choose to do it.
But for all the talk of “natural” or “functional” movement, we can get into the realm of making everything just easier for the body and that’s not quite where we are headed. We need more. The body needs more. Being linked directly to the emotions and the cells we have to ensure that we’re are encompassing an embodied practice not only to tune into sensation but also so that we can apply and work with what arises.
Using a short sequence repeated throughout the weekend, we aim to embody the elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. Earth, solid and rooting. Water, fluid, moving, shapeshifting. Fire, burning, striking, lightning. Air, ease, effortless, breath-filled. Space, without limits, a release of boundaries. These different qualities reflect our emotional, mental and spiritual states. Ever changing and in need of feeling through. Through movement, discussion, meditation and writing we will discover what these elements mean to us and how we can embody them, finding the ability to use the sense of these qualities in our daily lives.
Our yoga practice gives the opportunity to let go of unwanted patterns, behavior, stories, and limitations allowing us to cultivate a relationship with our inner self. One that becomes the most important relationship of all. Using awareness of sensation Julie will guide you to explore natural spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, integrated movement, breath and pause. Listening without judgment to what your body has to say, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Julie encourages students to find their own pace, fluidity, and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". She no longer asks people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises then space is given for you to pause, feel and sense. Moving on only when you are ready, moving with the body not against it.
Julie’s style of flow and curiosity, a practice for all those who are tired of showing up to merely make shapes. Join the Intelligent Rebellion and allow yourself to find a practice that feels authentic to you and your own body.
We are constantly communicating with our bodies. Our gestures, glances, movements are telling stories we may not be aware of. When we cultivate our internal dialogue to find expression in movement, in dance, we have access to our stories. We feel them, see them and express them. Through this process we allow ourselves to re-pattern, let go of limiting ideas and grow in our relationship to ourselves and others. Sacred Dance is a movement exploration without limitations.
Julie will guide you through different awareness exercises. Moving to access something within yourself in relation to how you feel at this moment. As the connection to inner sensing unfolds we present ways we are in relationship to others and to community/unity as a whole. Conscious movement and dance can unfold many mental and emotional layers and you will find your freedom as you let the dance rise from within.
Julie draws on her work within the conscious dance community mostly from Vinn Arjuna Marti the founder of Soul Motion, along with Michael Molin Skelton also of Soul Motion and Jo Cobbett of 5 Rhythms and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. These mentors plus using techniques drawn from movement therapy has given Julie the framework with which she creates Sacred Dance.