free expression and Flow
elements of Niio and the Seven Spheres of Awareness
'It felt like a journey within my soul through my body, through the music, Helene’s words were poignant, and the breadth of her knowledge came across in a wonderfully subtle way. Afterwards I felt quite euphoric but peaceful, centered and grounded, and the next day more relaxed,
flexible and free.'
Niio Dance is a movement practice where we look at both the structural and energetic qualities
inherent in our body and mind, and the connection between the two - our inner connection.
We also connect to our environment, especially the natural world,
and our relationships on a micro and macro level - our outer connection.
And as we move and dance, our bodies can relax into a free expression and flow that extends beyond us to the etheric realms. Informed and influenced by somatics, yoga, martial arts and energy practices from Japan,
China and India; the elements of Niio Dance has Seven Spheres of Awareness:
When we connect to the earth,
we find our ‘footing’, find stability, our centre and our balance. We also connect to our bones. Our bone is living tissue, the core of our innermost being and of creation itself. Sensing into this inner support, we can improve our posture and liberate our mobility. By having a sense of our holding, we can literally‘get a grip’ on ourselves and be stable.
By grounding to the earth we have the underlying support to grow and expand. We learning to notice and recognise when we are off balance. This earth connection gives us the anchor and security to go forth and to ‘spread our wings’. This sphere also represents our base chakra, muladhara, which represents
our basic needs for survival.
Our breath is our fundamental life giver, the gateway between us and the outer world. it is also our gateway to freedom. When we are anxious or stressed our breath is immediately compromised.
How we breathe is a direct barometer of our health. when we move through our fears we can learn to receive our breath fully to energise, awaken and empower.
At the same time we can use it to relax our parasympathetic or ‘rest and digest’ system.
Our breath is not only our lifeline
it is our ultimate tool.
We are an incredible living, liquid matrix of bones, tissues, tendons and fluids that all link together to create a harmonious orchestra.
We learn to sense into our body, to explore how we intrinsically connect – to ‘join the dots’ of our being. This helps us to feel more co-ordinated, in sync and in tune with ourselves.
We tap into our innate tensile support, and in doing so learn to let go of tension, stress and anxiety. We recognise the different states we can be in and the different levels of support we have within.
We have 7 fluid systems in our body. By connecting to these we can open to new fluidity and grace, free expression and flow within our bodies when we move and dance.
And in doing so, we can slowly release the constraints of our ordered lives. When we can recognise our different rhythms, we can learn to navigate around obstacles in our lives, adjust to sudden changes of direction, meander and find a way through.
The element for fluidity is water, the same as the second or sacral chakra, svadhishthana, which represents our creativity.
Power can be intrinsic as well as literal. It is synonymous with physical strength and masculine energy, and when we connect to our warrior strength we get things done.
Our power centre is in our core, our gut, our hara, and it is also our third chakra, manipura. This represents our will and sense of self, and self-expression and free expression
using our voice.
When we connect to our passion and our inner power, we fan the flames of inspiration and action. When we are in our power
we feel vital and alive.
We are electrical beings and the signals of
our heart are sixty times stronger
than that of our brain.
Being able to connect to our feelings, and welcome them in with perception and awareness we can gain insight, develop our soft skills and improve our communication and relationships.
At the same time we are kinder to ourselves, our bodies relax, we relieve stress
and invite in peace and joy.
As humans we do not live in isolation, and ultimately we all need to belong, to connect.
The first connection is with ourselves, our inner connection. When we can integrate all the different aspects of ourselves and find a home for them in our bodies, we can create a balance, a homeostasis.
If we feel connected within, we have the resources to develop awareness and recognise our strengths, qualities and gifts,
to direct into the world.
Our outer connection.
Moving and expressing through dance
is a way to find our inner
and outer connection.
We have fun! We commit to our personal health and wellbeing by allowing ourselves to have some serious healthy ‘fun’. Smiling and laughter are encouraged and one of the important elements of Niio Dance! Laughter releases stress and tension, boosts our immune system, diminishes pain, produces endorphins and generally lifts our mood. A win-win.