There are 3 or 5 stages, depending on whether you are practicing the meditation alone or in a group environment:
This is the BODY WARM-UP (approx. 15-20 minutes) – a gentle awakening of the body parts using breath, awareness, movement and music. We start at the soles of the feet and work our way to the crown of the head.
Every part of the body tells a story and in this warm-up we allow fluid movements and rhythmical breath to move stuck energy and to prepare us physically and mentally for the next phase of the class.
Please Note: If you are doing this method alone, then there is no need for this stage, but if you are teaching a class then this is a vital preparation.
This is the SHAKE (15 minutes) – this is perhaps the most important stage as it ignites the life-force for the transformative process to begin. Here we allow the body to shake and tremble all over.
With eyes closed and breath deep and relaxed, the shake is based on Osho’s Kundalini Meditation.
It also has its roots in an ancient form of Chi Kung that uses shaking to open blocked energy-meridians. It’s purpose is to shake off stress and tension and to awaken our life-force which is often “sleepy”. The effect is refreshing, energizing and balancing.
It is also a preparation on physical, emotional and mental levels for the deeper let-go of the next stage.
This is known as the BREATH OF FIRE DANCE or simply the ENERGY DANCE (approx. 45 mins) – this is the main part of the method and is done with the eyes closed. In this phase, we are ready to go deeper and to surrender to the dance.
We ignite the letting-go process with a simple Breathing technique called the Breath of Fire. This section can also be done with a simple Circular Breathing technique. Both of these breathing techniques oxygenate the body and brain so that we are fully energised, switch off the rational “every day” thinking mind and facilitate a “whole-brain” activity which means we access deeper levels of being through the dance. The repetitive rhythms of the breath and the music also enhance synchronised brain activity so that we experience expanded consciousness states.
This is the complete STOP! – when the music stops, so does the dance and you simply drop to the ground in silence and stillness to allow the integration of energies and a deep relaxation.
This is an absolutely vital stage!
This is the HEAVEN & EARTH MEDITATION – now we complete the process with a simple guided visualisation to ground ourselves and come back to our everyday lives in a place of peace, clarity and self-love.
Please Note: This stage is only necessary if you are teaching a class.
"This training has given me the confidence to step forward in LIFE and in becoming an ecstatic awakening dance teacher. I had no idea I would walk away with so many lessons and a deeper understanding of myself as I have. "Being self-conscious isn't serving anyone, especially yourself." This is one of many wise quotes that have stuck with me from the training and I hope to carry it with me for years to come. Thank you Rebecca and Zoe, for your infinite wisdom and the ability to hold such a safe space for such incredible transformation to happen. I'm forever grateful!"
Ashley Stevens | Teacher Training | 2017
"I wanted to say a big thank you. You held space sooooo beautifully despite the room being packed. I loved the chocolate, the setting of our intentions, the smudging, I loved the music, I LOVED the sound bathing! What a scrumptious evening, I wanted it to go on forever!"
Gabi | Wild Chocolate Club Malvern
I can honestly & openly say, that in all my years and love of dancing, yoga, meditation and therapy, I have never felt so free of mind and more deeply connected to myself and my body than I have done over this past 9 months. The more I embrace this practice, the more I fall in love with it as both willing participant, releasing and expressing and humble teacher transforming and I truly hope I will do it justice and be able to help others as deeply as I have felt and experienced myself.
Kate Walton | Teacher Training | 2016
"This training is one of the most amazing training I have ever done. If you want to improve your skills as a public speaker, this is the best training. I have felt more confident and more grounded after these 10 days. Very powerful. Thank you Rebecca!"
Orianne Corman | Teacher Training | 2014
"The most special of times, places and people. I knew the dancing would be hot and the teaching passionate, but didn't expect to find my misplaced optimism in life there too. A privilege. "
Alison Eddy | Teacher Training | 2017
"We had little idea of the challenges, the tears, the laughter, the sisterhood and the release of the furious dancing to come. Rebecca Hanscombe created mirrors for us to truly see our edges, our fears, our holdings and our resistant patterns and then held us as they broke apart. She let us dive in deep into it all. Rebecca then gave us the space and the support to rebuild and strengthen from a place of love."
Zoë Mason | Teacher Training | 2015
"I was a little hesitant to go along at first after far too many weirdy festival dancing experiences. But I reminded myself that I loved dancing and I loved music (and really, I wasn’t exactly overwhelmed with invitations for nights out any more!) and went along to the WCC. I had the most brilliant time – nothing odd, nothing heavy, nothing to be freaked about. Just some really great (loud!) music, fantastic tunes and the chance to really dance. Doesn’t really get much better or easier than that!”
Debbie Lewis | Hereford Wild Chocolate Club | 2017
"I think I might have forgotten myself last night…Actually, if I really think about it, I think I might just have just remembered who I am. Wow.”
F.K. | Hereford Wild Chocolate Club | 2016
"Ecstatic Awakening Dance has been a bit of a life changer for me! People say it's a journey, talk of 'inner peace', but having taken 9 months to dedicate to myself, to shake and move my limbs, I now feel ALIVE, probably for the first time in over 30 years. With this training you form a tribe, a community who dance alongside you all safely watched over by Rebecca and Zoe, the Queens of space holding and bliss making. If you love and honour yourself then this is the journey for you, into the realms of joy awakening, you shake your body and shake it all up... Don't take my word for it get to a class and see for yourself or better still teach your own!"
Sara Hunter | Teacher Training | 2016
"The facilitators are fantastic creating a space where I feel safe and free to just be me. I have danced with my light and my shadows and am always left feeling lighter, less afraid and more able to access my love and compassion for those around me…"
Amy Thomson | EAD | 2010