the seven sacred pillars

niio body map

Do you feel connected within?
Comfortable in your own skin?
Do you listen to your body and its messages? In short do you take care of yourself? We look at the first and most fundamental relationship we have - the one we have with ourselves.

Our Inner Connection

1 - Grounding

The earth holds and supports us.
We find our ‘footing'
stability
an anchor and security
to go forth
and ‘spread our wings’.
It is our base chakra
our basic need for survival.

2 - Breath

This is our health barometer.
 If we are anxious or stressed it is immediately compromised.    
Our breath can relax,
energise,
awaken
and empower.
It is our gateway to freedom.

3 - Structural Integrity

We are a living,
liquid matrix
of bones, tissues,
tendons and fluids
creating a harmonious orchestra.
Tap into our inner support,
and let go of tension,
stress and anxiety.

4 - Fluidity

 This is the element of water,
the second sacral chakra, svadhishthana,
our creativity.
Through this we can release the constraints of our ordered lives, navigate around obstacles,
change direction,
 meander
and find a way through.
A concept of the Tao.

5 - Power

This is in our core,
our gut, our hara,
our third chakra, manipura.
It is our will, our sense of self
and self-expression.  
Connect to our passion.
Fan the flames of inspiration
and action.
When we are in our power
we feel vital and alive
and we get things done.

6 - Compassion

 The signals of our heart are sixty times stronger than of our brain.
We are electrical beings.
Through compassion we gain insight,
develop our soft skills
improve our relationships.
     We are kinder to ourselves.
We invite in
peace
and joy.

7 - Connection

Our first connection is with ourselves,
our inner connection.
 Through this we develop awareness,
recognise our strengths,
qualities and gifts,
to direct into the world.    
Our outer connection.    
Find our inner and outer connection through the power of guided intentional dance.

 'Thank you for a really stimulating class for both body and mind. I feel more connected to my core and feel better within myself physically and emotionally, and my acid reflux indigestion is not there...its subsided. Amazing!'

Mary

niio vision map

How do we relate and show up in the world?  
Can we connect to our physical environment and to those around us? Do we know who we are in this journey of life? When we are embodied and connected within, we can come from a deeper place of confidence and truth.

Our Outer Connection 

Truth

Unprogram your mind.
Before speech you have experience in the body,
and in experiencing you recover the authentic presence you had as a child.  It cuts through the mind chatter and connects to the heart, to find the truth before words.
When you can live your life
in your way,
in your truth,
and drop limiting beliefs and systemic conditioning,
you can access


FREEDOM

Become the energy of the breath of life and experience Infinite Space

Power

What is the source of your energy? What stirs you,
moves you,
excites you?  
What are your sorrows, your fears?
How do you move in the world?
What are your gifts?
How can you serve?
How can you lead?

When you can move with inspired intention you can access


FLOW

In flowstate you become fully present, fears and worries fade, time stands still.. and you feel you can take on the world

Zen

When you are
in your Truth
in your Power
Centred
Tranquil
Unshakeable
You become at Peace
You have an inner sanctuary
An inner haven of calm and ease

Through somatic awareness you cultivate an open receptivity.
From this embodied place, through the freedom and flow of dance
you can access
bliss and


JOY

 'Thank you for providing safe and warm space for exploring different ways of moving our bodies. I feel more free and confident in free flow dancing, it's a great way to feel more present.'

Ivan

Attaining Flowstate

When we are in flow we are fully in the present and time stands still.

It is an optimal state of consciousness, originally defined by positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his seminal work ‘Flow, The Psychology of Happiness’ 1990.

Flowstate requires:
 - skill and concentration
 - involves intense focus
 - is goal-directed
 - provides ongoing feedback
 - can feel both challenging yet effortless
 - you feel in control you lose track of time
 
(Note: Flow State has been likened to the much older philosophy of the flow in 'TAO', amongst other ancient philosophies of 'hightened' states of consciousness..)

'Helene we had such a good dance off last night in your honour – was epic!!'  

Lisa

PS...

We have 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.

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nb. niio dance is not a 'therapy'. Although it may have potentially therapeutic benefits, if you are particularly struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns, then it may be advisable to seek appropriate professional help.
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