It seems that lately “busy,” is the most common answer to the question, “How are you?” People today are overworked, overextended and stressed.
With so much going on, it’s easy to feel unconnected not just with friends and family, but also with yourself. Brenda Colfer, owner of Soundings Energy Therapy, says it’s imperative to your health to stay in touch with your energy, and one of the many ways to do so is with her newest love, chakradance.
“I had been doing life-breath healing for about four years,” said Colfer, who is now an accredited chakradance facilitator. “I was looking for something different, so I gave chakra dancing a try and I just fell in love with it.”
Colfer believes chakradance is a gateway for healing and self-discovery. Each dance gives rise to different insights and feelings which can then be used in the creation of personal “mandala art” as a way of anchoring experiences back into the conscious world.
“Each dance leads us closer to the person we are truly meant to be,” says Colfer, “Each chakra is associated with a different part of the body, different organs, so the dance is really about dropping in to each chakra and feeling what is in there.”
According to Colfer, everyone has seven major chakras and each one influences an aspect of life. The seven chakras are:
1. Root Chakra represents the foundation and that feeling of being grounded. It is located at the base of our spine in the tailbone area.
2. Sacral Chakra connects the ability to accept others and new experiences. It is located in the lower abdomen, below the navel. It is associated with emotional issues such as well-being, pleasure and sexuality.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra represents the ability to be confident and in-control. It is located in the upper abdomen in the stomach area. It is associated with self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.
4. Heart Chaka represents the ability to love. It is located in the center of the chest just above the heart. It is associated with love, joy and inner peace.
5. Throat Chakra represents the ability to communicate. It is located in the throat. It is associated with communication, self-expression of feelings and the ability to tell and to deal with the truth.
6. Third Eye Chakra represents the ability to focus on and see the big picture. It is located on the forehead, between our eyes. It is associated with imagination, intuition, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions.
7. Crown Chakra is the highest chakra and it represents the ability to be fully connected spiritually. It is located at the very top of the head. It is associated with inner and outer beauty, and connection to experience true bliss.
“Chakras connect everything, from our foundation, sexuality and personal power through to how we love, communicate, use our intuition and connect to our deepest source of spirituality,” said Colfer. “Dancing the seven chakras is like dancing through seven different worlds, each with its own lessons, meaning and stories.”
Colfer has a studio in Hallowell, but travels throughout Maine teaching classes. Most recently, she was invited to teach Chakradance at Healthy Fit, Body and Mind in South Portland.
“It’s a deeply moving and personal night. We make the room completely dark, lit only by candlelight and salt lamps,” describes Colfer. “We move to music created to resonate with the vibrations of each of our seven major chakras. We dance with our eyes mainly closed, and our attention turned inward. Chakradance is about making a connection with our inner world – the world of our imagination, feelings, intuition and senses.”
Colfer stresses that each experience is individual.
“Each participant has a unique experience,” said Colfer. “It’s about finding what is in that chakra and dancing that feeling. No one is paying attention to me or anyone else in the room. They concentrate only on what they feel and find in each chakra and move with those feelings. It’s very interesting. There may be times when a person is completely still and that is OK, too.”
Colfer predicts chakradance will become a popular form of healing over the next few years.
“It’s been very well received in the community,” Colfer said. “I am getting requests throughout Maine to come teach classes.”
Colfer, who teaches classes called “Introduction to Chakras,” “Life Breath” and “Sound Healing” at Joan Lunden’s Camp Reveille in the summer, recently did a private session for Lunden at her home in the Lakes Region.
Lunden was so inspired, she blogged the following about the experience: “True bliss and I felt it in this new experience, Chakradance.”