Photo credit Tim Summers
Dance Healing integrates meditation, contemporary dance and dance/movement therapy techniques to co-create a unique space for people of all experiences and physical abilities to connect to our authentic selves. We begin by listening to where our bodies ask us to be and gently greeting what arises. We practice letting go of judgement and explore our felt senses of the present moment. This process begins a radical shift into our natural body-heart-mind alignment. Movers are gently guided through meditation, movement fundamentals, improvisation, partner and group explorations. Everything is an invitation and your body is the true teacher. Self-reflection is woven throughout to deepen awareness of what is being uncovered. Your bodymind will thank you for listening and tuning your intuition. Take away new discoveries and tools to bring inspiration + grounding to your every day life.
Coming from a yoga-based movement background into the Dance Healing space, I was seeking a breath-focused, meditative class where I could move my body from a place of attunement and presence. Hayley’s facilitation allowed for my nervous system to relax and down-regulate, my breath was able to full inhabit my body and be at peace. Hayley is a beautiful facilitator who expertly balances the need for nonverbal and verbal communication, choice, group vs. individual needs, and variety of embodiment tools. The accompanying music was deeply thoughtful and helped deepen my experience without being distracting. I highly recommend!
— Laura D
If you are feeling lost (be it creatively, emotionally, realize that certain parts of your body feel disconnected), try this class. It has been a long time since I’ve last felt connected throughout my whole body and still maintaining that connection with my heart/soul.
— Zsa M
For me, dance healing was a soft, powerful and awakening journey into a more authentic version of myself. Hayley led us through a series of exercises that made me feel grounded and open to connect with others. The arc of her class supports exploration and honest acknowledgment of what is emerging in every moment. She taps into the sacred community that movement can create and the class is magic.
— Liv F
A gentle release from expectation, Hayley Shannon invites you to move in Open Dance Healing. This space creates the safety and support our contemporary selves crave, giving us time to integrate the experiences of body and spirit. Hayley’s guidance and use of imagery offers love to duality, practice to chaos, and allows acceptance to coexist with disagreement. Wherever you are in your journey, Hayley’s class is an opportunity to recuperate and honor your whole self.
— Alex N
Hayley creates a safe and trusting environment for moving and expressing the emotions that arise during the dance. I had been a dancer for many years when I was much younger, and my ability to express myself through movement was stuck. Her gentle voice and approach allowed me to get beyond my fear and actually feel joy in my body and with others, through awareness and acceptance.
— Dance Healing Series Participant
There were deeply held patterns and emotions in my body that I have not previously accessed through talk or touch therapies, but was finally able to release through Dance Healing movement therapy. Thank you for your presence and sharing your gifts.
— Dance Healing Series Participant
Amazed at the power and depth of emotion I experienced....It was a wonderful release to be able to express the pain and anguish that has been bottled up inside me. All my life, I have yearned to be able to express myself artistically and have been spectacularly unable to do so….I feel better for having expressed myself to that depth. Thanks for creating a safe place where we can get in touch with our authentic selves!
— Tim T
Hayley`s voice is a balm for every body and soul. Her instructions will invite you to explore your physical and emotional state of being, and then guide you to answer its call through meditation and gentle movement with yourself and your partners in space. Hayley`s workshop is a treat for movers of all dancing levels, age and experience. You will become united as one synchronized flowing energy where self-acceptance bonds you together.
— Ana-Maria G