We are planning an Ecstatic Dance experience on New Year’s Eve. It starts with a brief guided meditation involving breathing, stretching, shaking, and gentle yoga-like movements to help you become more heart centered and “embodied,” or fully conscious of your senses.We dance with our whole bodies, stretching, jumping, spinning, and stretching out our arms and fingers. Some shake all over, some spin occasionally—or endlessly. Some lay on the floor, writhing to the rhythms. Some who practice martial arts perform Tai Chi-like movements. Most are smiling, often with eyes closed, feeling free to release themselves to the dance in this safe space. Moms and Dads dance with their kids, sometimes with them on their shoulders. Everyone gets hot and sweaty. Many eventually strip down to minimal clothing due to the the extreme (but effortless) exercise that happens in the trance.
Women in particular feel this is a space they feel safe in.