We will start the festival mornings with refreshing and uplifting Samara joga sessions. So that our day can emerge from inner calmness, silence and concentration.
Inspired by the science of movements taught for centuries in secluded Dervish brotherhoods, and also yoga, tai chi, and more recent methods like eurythmy and stretching, Samara or Dervish Yoga, or Samadeva Gestural Euphony is a new art of movement that stimulates and harmonizes all our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual resources, allowing us to be more at peace, more creative, and more joyful in our daily lives. Consisting of slow, meditative movements that mobilize and strengthen our powers of attention and dynamic, dance-like movements that fill us with a new energy, Dervish Yoga brings deep harmony to every level of our being. It relaxes and invigorates our body, harmonizes our psyche, sharpens our mind, and we learn through our body to listen to ourselves, to our profound inner being.
Clothes: that won’t limit your movements, preferably of white or bright color, and warmer socks.
It’s a method that came out of traditional sacred dances from East and Middle East (dervish dances, Gurjieff dances…), which were inspired by Samadeva performances. Some dances and movements were taken from there.
Dervish yoga dances adds an art piece to a structural rhythm and coordinational work. They have (above their limit of choreographic interest) positive impact to whole body and helps to release stress. Also they bring joy of dance and life. Through the dance practicioner can perceive him/herself more and travel to his/her depth.
We will dance: Queen of Saab, Dance of the Planets, Pythagoras 4, Dance of Salvation, Chalice, OM Circle.
,,Art of Staying Connected” or how to maintain the contact in the dance, and the continuity and fluidity of the movement with others. It’s a dance improvisation class based on contact improvisation, dance improvisation, dance therapy and knowledge of the systems functioning.
Contact Improvisation (dance, game, martial art, sports, self-expression, meditation)
A wonderful dance-dialogue for those who wish to experience the joy and freedom of being in the body, and especially in contact with the other.
“The simple pleasure of moving and living through one’s body is what I think matters most here. And the pleasure of dancing with someone in a spontaneous, unplanned way, free to create without disturbing one’s partner. It’s an extremely inspiring form of dance.” – S. Paxton, the founder of CI
Clothes: that won’t limit your movements.
Sacred Gurdjieff’s Movements and Dances
During his voyages to the temples and monasteries of Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Far East, Gurdjieff observed that music and dance were used not only for the transformation and conscious evolution of man, but also for the transmission of a certain knowledge. Gurdjieff created many dances himself, creating a bridge between the esoteric knowledge of the East and the scientific methods of the West.
Master of dance and spiritual teacher, Gurdjieff was able to adapt the esoteric traditions of the great spiritual traditions to the sensibility and needs of contemporary society.
Sacred dances, also called “movements”, play an essential role in Gurdjieff’s Teaching, which also consisted of orally-transmitted ideas, practical exercises for everyday life, and musical and rhythmic compositions. They form a branch of the “science of movements” and are a very powerful tool, centering and fortifying the body and mind. They are capable of revealing what is most profound in oneself.
If we are able to pass from an ordinary to a higher state, this implies that something in us has changed. This requires the harmonious development of a person in his totality – body, mind, and heart.
The practice of the “movements” can develop the perception of an energy of a higher quality. For many people, their first impression of the movements will be a revelation, since they are very different from anything that can be observed in the world of dance. They are an aid for self-observation and consciousness of oneself in everyday life.
The “movements” can thus have an extraordinary impact on the dancer’s psychological state.
According to the Sufis, the practice of Dervish dances leads to a development on all levels of human nature: physical, emotional, intellectual, and even spiritual. They bring health, balance, happiness, calm, and harmony.
Aesthetically, these strange dances are beautiful. The dancers are usually placed in several files of six or seven performers, sometimes more, according to geometrical considerations. We can approximately imagine these dances by picturing the succession, upon a given rhythm, slow or fast, of a certain number of positions and postures of the body (torso, legs, arms, head) as they appear in ancient paintings and bas-reliefs, a sort of sacred alphabet in movement.
For someone seeking knowledge, these dances are like a book that reveals certain laws: “the dance of the atoms,” the movement of the planets, symbols, laws of involution and evolution of different energies. But for the performer, these dances are also a discipline of the body and spirit, a spiritual exercise for inner transformation.
Clothes: that don’t limit your movements.
Lou Yong Tao Tö Qi is a Chinese-Tibetan energetic method for health and longevity. The goal of this practice is to bring the body’s energy into harmonious circulation, re-establishing physical and psychological balance. The specific quality of Lou Yong Tao Tö Qi is that it can be learned very quickly.
The principle is to bring the energy of the infinite, of space, of nature into the body in order to make the Qi energy, which circulates in the body, flow again, especially where it is blocked. These blockings appear due to various difficulties we face in our life. When the energy flows again harmoniously in the meridians, along the energy lines, we feel in excellent shape, in good health, full of vitality, enthusiastic and in harmony with ourselves and those around us.
The movements seem simple and easy, they look like a light and elegant dance; they help us to let go, to relax and regenerate our body and mind. There are three steps for the practice: the first one is to perform the movements correctly, the second one is to feel the energy that flows in the body and the third is to reach serenity by controlling our emotions and thoughts.
Anyone can practice Lou Yong Tao Tö Qi and as it is a complete psycho-corporal method, it has an immediate action on the body and the mind. It is not necessary to practice a lot to feel its benefits. Of course, a regular practice will be more beneficial.
Clothes: that don’t limit your movements, preferably black or/and white.