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Moving Meditation

moving with the breath into moving meditation

a day workshop at Nadas Istanbul, Uzun Hafız Sokak No: 80, Kadıköy

time: 1-6pm; please arrive before 1 so that we're ready to start at 1
cost: 150 lira
numbers: this workshop is limited to 5 participants only; to secure a place, please pay in advance either to Jessica at Nadas or to Nick

for more info please write to Nick at <dance at voiceofshade dot net> or send a message via Messenger

in this workshop, we'll aim to work in deep attention giving focus and space to subtleties and details

Part 1: moving with the breath

In conscious movement, connecting with the breath is generally underlined, as it is in yoga and tai chi. And this physical connection to the breath has a mystical aspect - etymologically, spirit equals breath - it’s embedded in the double-sensed notions of inspiration and expiration, and all the notions - like spirited and spirituality - derived from ‘spirit’. 

In dance, it’s perhaps harder to keep part of our attention on our breath than it is in say yoga, but through that attention on our breath we can become more connected with our movement, or, more deeply, we can become more at one with our movement.

A session then in which we'll explore the relationship between breath and spirit through movement, and also through voice, and where another spirit word - perspiration - might take on a different shade of meaning. 

Part 2: moving in meditation

And from moving with the breath, we’ll try to (re)awaken our consciousness, to become more conscious - such a simple notion yet so elusive! Our improvised dance forms (form-free forms…) are loosely grouped under the ideas of ‘conscious movement’, ‘ecstatic dance’ and ‘movement & meditation’, where a central aspiration (another spirit word!) is to bring together movement and meditation, rather than meditation only being invited in stillness. 

Moving in a state of meditation is a profound - and wonderful - notion, and, with our frenetic lives, one which is far from easy for most of us to realise. One key is nurturing meditation while we’re active, while moving. Music can help us and we can help each other to bring together our bodies and our minds in deep calm, a calm which is fluid and full of life.

We will move between moving, voicing, music, stillness and silence.

from Nadas on waste:

Please be mindful of your waste…
We care deeply about our waste and ask that you do the same when visiting Nadas. Please avoid bringing any single-use or excessive packaging to the event (including plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups, single-use plastic bags, etc.) We will provide drinking water and glasses.

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