“Through free movement we Remember our essence as love, our Dance becomes a prayer, an inner dance to honor the Feminine Spirit within us…” Radiant Woman®
Author: Andrea Jackson
From the beginning of my journey over 10 years ago, my mission has always been to empower Women, to encourage Women to take time for themselves, to love, care and nurture themselves.
It is always my joy to share the benefits Yoga, Dance & Relaxation and the benefits they have brought me.
Through Life Experience, many Trainings in Yoga, Meditation, Holistic therapies, Wellness Coaching, Chakradance & Soul Midwifery.
My hobby, and love of American Tribal Style (ATS) Bellydance, more recently, Gypsy Caravan Belly dance & Mazazik, all these things combined have inspired me to birth Radiant Woman Classes,Workshops, Coaching & Retreats into the world, to guide Awakening Women on their pathway to an awakened life in every cycle of life.
I have always stuck firmly to a path of Holistic and Mystical Living, drawing strength and inspiration from the inspirational Women in my life, within my family and friends.
Inspired by Nature, Yoga, Dance, Meditation, Relaxation, Ayurveda, and the Mystical.
IT CAN SOMETIMES BE DIFFICULT TO TRUST AND ALLOW OUR GOOD TO COME TO US. WE WAIT PATIENTLY AT FIRST, BUT THEN, WE GET ANXIOUS, WONDERING IF WE’VE DONE ENOUGH, PRAYED ENOUGH, BELIEVED ENOUGH, AFFIRMED ENOUGH.
IN FACT, WE PROBABLY HAVE.
WHAT WE HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH IS RELEASED ATTACHMENT TO THE TIMING OF THE OUTCOME. WE’RE STILL TRYING TO BE IN CONTROL AND IMPATIENTLY DEMANDING THAT IT HAPPEN WHEN WE BELIEVE IT SHOULD HAPPEN.
THIS POEM BY PIERRE FEILHARD DE CHARDIN (MAY 1 1881- APRIL 10 19550 FRENCH PHILOSOPHER AND JESUIT PRIEST, MIGHT HELP YOU REST MORE PATIENTLY FOR THAT WHICH IS COMING YOUR WAY.
ABOVE ALL, TRUST IN THE SLOW WORK OF GOD/ GODDESS
WE ARE QUITE NATURALLY IMPATIENT IN EVERYTHING TO REACH THE END WITHOUT DELAY
WE SHOULD LIKE TO SKIP THE INTERMEDIATE STAGES
WE ARE IMPATIENT OF BEING ON THE WAY TO SOMETHING UKNOWN, SOMETHING NEW, AND YET, IT IS THE LAW OF ALL PROGRESS THAT IT IS MADE BY PASSING THROUGH SOME STAGES OF INSTABILITY AND THAT IT MAY TAKE A VERY LONG TIME.
AND SO, I THINK IT IS WITH YOU, YOUR IDEAS MATURE GRADUALLY, LET THEM GROW, LET THEM SHAPE THEMSELVES, WITHOUT UNDUE HASTE. DON’T TRY TO FORCE THEM ON, AS THOUGH YOU COULD BE TODAY, WHAT TIME, GRACE AND CIRCUMSTANCES WILL MAKE OF YOU TOMORROW
ONLY GOD/GODDESS COULD SAY WHAT THIS NEW SPIRIT GRADUALLY FORMING WITHIN YOU WILL BE, GIVE GOD THE BENEFIT OF BELIEVING THAT HIS/HER HAND IS LEADING YOU, AND ACCEPT THE ANXIETY OF FEELING IN SUSPENSE AND INCOMPLETE.
The role of the chakra system is to help regulate the human energy field, commonly known as the aura. The aura is a dynamic, energetic matrix, which includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being.
Every human being has seven major chakras and each one influences an aspect of our lives. From our instincts, sexuality and personal power through to how we love, communicate, use our intuition and connect to our deepest source of spirituality.
When you discover the power and the energy that resides within you, it is like coming home. Chakradance is a form of nourishment for your true self, for your soul. Blending free-flowing movements with particular frequencies of sound, Chakradance will free the energy in your body and open you to a deeper experience of life. It’s a practice of dynamic moving meditations.
In a darkened room, lit only by candle-light, we move to music created to resonate with the vibrations of each of our 7 major chakras. We dance with our eyes mainly closed, and our attention turned inwards, for unlike most other dance practices, Chakradance is about making a connection with our inner world – the world of our imagination, feelings, intuition and senses.
The experience is like a waking dream – we dance up forgotten parts of ourselves, and release the memories stored in our muscles. Our aches and pains reveal their stories and our hidden fears unmask themselves. The experiences are deeply personal and reflect our own nature and history, yet at the same time we tap into the collective heights and depths of human experience.
Drawing on the wisdom of Jungian Psychology, Chakradance is a dance for healing and self-discovery. Each dance gives rise to different insights and feelings… and we use the creation of personal ‘mandala art’ as a way of anchoring our experiences back into our conscious world.
Each dance leads us closer to the person we are truly meant to be.
Welcome to Chakradance. Come and explore. Have fun. Find meaning. Let go. Come and look deeper into each chakra, each part of you, and experience more within the dance that is uniquely yours.
The first centre to explore on the Chakra map is the base chakra. The spontaneous movements that emerge while dancing the base chakra tend to draw inspiration from tribal dancing, as found in the indigenous cultures of Africa, Australia and North America. These tribal dances are linked to the issues of the base, including our roots, survival and grounding. In CHAKRADANCE, emphasised movements of the legs and feet connect us to the solid earth. Many envisage dancing around an ancient campfire, bringing the primitive tribal dance to life. These ancient cultures also had imitative dances, emulating the movements of animals. Again, we can draw inspiration from these roots and dance in an animal-like way. In this wild and raw animal dance, our innate instinctual self is reclaimed.
The dance of the sacral chakra can be inspired by the feminine dances found in the Middle East, South America and Hawaii. Dances from these regions celebrated many of the qualities associated with the sacral chakra, including feelings, emotions and sexuality. This sacral dance can be slow and sensual, or flirtatious and erotic, with fluid movements of the hips and lower belly. Throughout this dance one transforms into a gypsy, a belly dancer, an ancient goddess, as we surrender to the serpentine movements of the feminine.
Solar Plexus Chakra
To dance the solar plexus chakra is to call on the warrior dances of ancient Greece, Morocco, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. These warrior dances were masculine, powerful, athletic and virile, as they rhythmically mimicked the art of the fight. In CHAKRADANCE, we enter this dance with dramatic movements, strong, purposeful and clearly defined. As the energy builds, movements can become more complex, even frenzied. Through this dynamic movement, the solar energy ignites, and our inner warrior emerges.
Dancing the heart chakra is being moved to dance with joy and compassion. In ancient Egypt dances using exaggerated arm movements would gently whirl participants into deep states of joyful harmony. Dancing the heart chakra mirrors this. Also reflected are dances from China, in which mimetic movements expressed the union of heaven and earth, symbolised balance—one of the chief operating qualities of the heart chakra,. In CHAKRADANCE, we draw inspiration from these dances, and move the arms to feel uplifted, light and free. Inspired by the ancient ones, we dance a soaring journey of love, compassion and joy.
The dance of the throat chakra can be inspired by many ancient dances, where the voice and dance were woven together. In Ancient Egypt, performers often danced while reciting poetry, while in Hawaii, chant and dance were combined to communicate the story. In Tibetan culture, mystical rituals performed by monks would combine chanting and sound, with delicate movements of the body. In CHAKRADANCE, we weave sound and movement to intensify self-expression and creativity.
Third Eye Chakra
At the third eye chakra, we can lift up into ecstatic and altered states of consciousness through trance dance. This practice is still common throughout the world, and existed in many of the ancient cultures of South East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. There were numerous reasons, ritualistic and medicinal, for entering into trance. In CHAKRADANCE, trance dance is used to open the third eye chakra. Each dancer drifts into his or her own visual universe … images, colours, insights … the third eye has no boundaries.
The dance of the crown chakra is a devotional dance. Cultures from every continent have embraced some form of religious or spiritual dancing. In ancient Shamanic practice, dance was used to commune with the Spirits, whilst in Ancient Egypt there were certain ritual dances that were crucial to the successful outcome of religious rites. The Tantric Buddhists of Nepal have an ancient dance tradition known as Charya Nritya, a Sanskrit term meaning ‘dance as a spiritual discipline’. In CHAKRADANCE we open the gateway to the soul through a meditative sacred dance. This is the most paradoxical of dances: it is the dance of stillness. Often there will be little physical movement visible to any observer. The dance is internal, for now it is the soul that dances, dancing with the gods.
Harmony and balance
Dancing through the ancient chakra system awakens not only our bodies, but expands the mind, and calls out to the soul. The chakra system provides us with a model for integrating body, mind and spirit. This model encompasses the whole of human experience and provides an opportunity to find harmony and balance within our lives. Carl Jung, the pioneer of analytical psychology, was one of the first westerners to draw inspiration from this model in relation to his work on what he called the ‘individuation process’, meaning the journey towards wholeness.
The chakra system forms an energetic ladder that bridges our material world with our spiritual world. We can use this ladder as a way of reaching higher realms of consciousness, and as we climb back down, we are able to integrate new levels of awareness into our daily lives. Working with the chakras through dance connects us to the core of our physical beings. Once this connection is achieved, other less tangible experiences of the mind and spirit can be contained, embodied and finally integrated.
Dance as a spiritual discipline is an ancient practice that’s been explored by many cultures throughout the ages. CHAKRADANCE, a new healing dance practice, takes this tradition into the 21st century. There are no set steps and you dance as if no one is watching, to modern dance music in a sacred space. Creator, Natalie Southgate, describes it as ”dreaming with your feet”, and explains the experience and how it’s good for your soul…
“In recent years there has been an explosion of new age practices, many of which draw roots from ancient philosophies. One can find varying types of meditation, psychic development, spiritual development, and channelling, guide and angel workshops, to name but a few. The aim of many of these practices is to raise consciousness, connect with the spiritual world, and transcend the physical. Having personally explored many of these practices, I have achieved great rewards, and in the process have experienced a reality that often appears to be of ‘another world’. My struggle, in hindsight, has been in bringing this ‘other world’ back in to the physical aspect of my self. I felt the time had come to embody some of these remarkable experiences.
Reflecting back on my life, the times when I have felt most alive and in touch with my ‘true self’ are the times when I have been moving my body, through dance. Not the times when my childhood dancing teacher was instructing me to move my body this way or that, but the times when I really let go, let the music enter my body and ‘moved’ in an authentic way. Donald Winnicott, a renowned psychoanalyst, describes the ‘true self’ as being the source of all spontaneity and creativity and it was this self that was calling for my attention.
Marian Woodman, a Jungian Analyst and Author, says, “matter without spirit is a corpse, spirit without matter is a ghost”. I believe that when matter and spirit move together in a rhythmic dance, the experience is one of feeling truly alive. This merging of matter and spirit allows one to embody consciousness, embody spirit, and manifest some of the ‘other worldliness’ in a physical and concrete way.
In order to embody consciousness, we need a map to discover what it is exactly that we are trying to embody, and how. The map that I have been drawn to work with is the map of the chakra system; an ancient Indian yoga system discovered over 4000 years ago.
The chakra system contains within it seven major chakras, each acting as an energetic gateway allowing universal energy to flow in and out of our systems. Each chakra corresponds with particular body organs and reflects an aspect of consciousness on an emotional, psychological and spiritual level. Each chakra also has its own vibrational frequency as well as an attributed element, archetype, animal, planet etc. These can all be used as pathways into the chakras enabling us to connect more deeply with the energies existing within each one.
There are countless books and texts detailing the chakras, but it became my aim to take the basic map and connect with the chakras in a physical way, thereby experiencing the various aspects of consciousness reflected in each chakra, in the body. I wanted to bring the sacredness of ancient philosophies into a modern culture that appears to be crying out for healing of body, mind and spirit. This was the birth of CHAKRADANCE, a healing dance practice that uses specific music and spontaneous dance to balance the chakras.
CHAKRADANCE music is modern-world-music, which has been created with the intention of using sound as a healing force. Music has incredible therapeutic powers and is considered to be the oldest form of healing. In many ancient cultures music was both composed and performed with the intention of promoting physical health, freeing emotions, entering into altered states of consciousness, and ultimately, of healing the soul. Music was considered sacred and magical. Long before psychotherapy existed, music played the role of healer, doctor and therapist.
Music plays a major role in balancing the chakras. Musical vibrations can be tuned to the seven chakras, each of which has its own vibrational frequency. In CHAKRADANCE, we have woven the ancient techniques with the advanced technology available today. The pure tones of crystal bowls pulse throughout the music and release a vibrational sound field that is an essential ingredient of each dance.
The desire to dance is deeply ingrained in the human psyche. As a healing art form, dance can be traced back thousands of years. In ancient cultures dance was used in celebratory, ritualistic and spiritual ways. Primitive man danced the shifting of the seasons, the waxing and waning of the moon, and the transitional moments in life—birth, death and rites of passage. As a metaphor, dance symbolises the rhythm of the universe, divine ‘play’, the eternal dance of life. As one of the most evolved healing art forms, dance weaves together all aspects of human existence.
CHAKRADANCE is a healing dance practice. It’s unique because it uses spontaneous dance for the purpose of healing. There’s no right or wrong way to CHAKRADANCE. It’s a journey of self-discovery. Each chakra is explored through specific music, guided imagery and your own free, improvised dance, done with your eyes softly closed. This begins to activate inner experiences. It’s almost like entering into a waking dream. You may see images in your mind’s eye while you are dancing or gain insights. You may also experience feelings, emotions or physical sensations. Classes, comprised of a small group of people, are held in candle lit spaces. Although music and dance form the primary focus, sessions also include sensing, working with elements and colours, and short meditations.
CHAKRADANCE puts you in touch with the sacred, both within yourself and within the universe. It helps you connect with your soul. Dancing the seven chakras is like dancing into seven different worlds, each with their own lessons, meanings and stories. They are all uniquely yours, to explore and enjoy!” Natalie Southgate
We Chakradance every last Thurday in the month at
Aaster Malbis Village Hall 7.30pm – 9pm
Contact me at email@example.com
I mean, Menopause…Radiant, in the same sentence!!!!
When i hit Peri Menopause at the age of 43, starting with disturbed sleep patterns, a few hot moments and irregular periods, i just did not get it, i wasn’t prepared for what was to come, and resisted it with all my might!! I did Yoga!!! I taught Yoga!!!
How could this be happening to me????
As symptoms escalated out of control, and in a difficult relationship, i felt like i was going truly mad!! A visit to the Doctor, and yes she agreed, the Menopause was upon me, anti depressants were my only option, HRT in extreme cases.
I took the anti depressants for a few weeks, and began to feel much worse, with anxiety starting to return, feelings of hopelessness, constant arguments with an unsupportive husband left me on very shaky ground, eventually, packing up i ran for the hills!!!
7 Years later….After working with specific Yoga, Relaxation, Meditation, diving into Ayurveda, Coaching, Women Connection, Nutrition and Supplements, i have managed this path of illumination completely drug free and now, after 18 months of no menstruation i feel i am moving onto another level of my life, enlightened by Menopausal Wisdom…
From these Years of transition I have created a full range of supportive avenues under The Radiant Woman title for you to explore…
I provide a 6 month pathway for you, to include Peri Menopausal & Menopausal Support through Yoga, Free dance, Relaxation, Meditation, self care, empowerment, self acceptance and love, emotional expression, intuitive wisdom, Women connection and freedom through your Menopause…
It would be my absolute joy to work with you…
For more info contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Each woman is biochemically and spiritually unique. So is the inner journey she must make if she is to succeed in her quest for wholeness. Such journeys need to be undertaken with the highest respect for the body, the spirit and the powers of nature which bring it about. Such journeys cannot be codified. They are not packaged holidays where you pay your money, take your anti-diarrhoea pills and know exactly what to expect. These, insist natural menopause revolutionaries, are journeys of the soul.”
After being a Soul Midwife for my own Mum in 2016, i felt a strong calling to this Path.I am currently training with Felicity Warner, Founder of the Soul Midwives movement in the UK.I feel very privileged to be a volunteer on the Spiritual Care Team and the Complementary Therapy Team at York St Leonard’s Hospice, supporting the Spiritual care of people at the end of life.What is Soul Midwifery?
‘A good death is an extraordinary, moving and sacred experience. It can also have a healing quality, not only for the person who is involved but their families, friends and the wider community.’ (Felicity Warner, Gentle Dying)What are Soul Midwives?Soul Midwives are non-medical, holistic companions who guide and support the dying in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.Soul Midwives
listen, provide gentle therapeutic techniques and ensure compassionate care at all times
work holistically with both the spirit and the soul of the dying person
keep a loving vigil
create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person
recognise and support the individual needs of the departing soul to enable a tranquil death
use sound, touch, colour and smell and other gentle techniques to help alleviate pain and anxiety
support families and loved ones.
The Soul Midwife’s most important role is to provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death he or she wants.
Taken from The Soul Midwives Portal by Felicity Warner
A new way of dying…
‘It should be a sacred day for you when one of your people dies – a sacred day, when a soul is released and returns to its home.’ (Black Elk)
We all die. But there are good deaths, and not such good deaths. Most of us hope to die, pain free, at home, with our loved ones around us given the choice.But not many of us actually achieve this. Most modern deaths are at best, efficient but clinical, institutionalised, functional and soul-less. Soul midwives ensure that death is a dignified and peaceful experience.
In traditional cultures around the world, death has always been regarded as an important rite of passage, an initiation, a journey across a spiritual threshold. Modern soul midwives are able to draw on these ancient skills and traditions, applying them to our modern world and using them to ease the passage of those who are dying.
Soul midwives lovingly assist and accompany a dying person on their journey, and can provide their services within a home, hospital or hospice
The 12 Principles of Soul Midwifery
To work as non-medical holistic companions who guide and support a dying person in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.
To support and recognise the individual needs of the dying person and ensure they feel loved and supported.
To create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person (whether in a hospital, a hospice or at home).
To respect and honour a dying person’s religious/spiritual or atheist/agnostic beliefs and practices.
To work as non-denominational, multi-faith practitioners who honour the dying person’s beliefs about life, death or the afterlife.
To listen, provide gentle therapeutic techniques, and ensure compassionate care at all times.
To ‘serve; not aim to ‘fix’ or ‘rescue’.
To give healing, using sound, touch, colour, scented oils or other gentle techniques to alleviate pain and anxiety.
To keep a loving vigil.
To work holistically with the Spirit and Soul at all levels and stages of transition.
To support families and their loved ones, giving loving care with a human touch
To provide comfort, continuous support and reassurance in helping a dying person to experience the death he or she wants.