Date: Sunday, July 22, 2018

Special Nia Class to the music of Hamilton

IMG_3607Earlier today I had the opportunity to share the Nia routine I created over two years ago to some of the music from the Broadway hit, Hamilton. A huge thanks to my Nia San Diego fellow teachers and dear friends, Janice Steinberg and Kriszti Van Slyke for inviting me to San Diego to teach this body of work. After the class, we sat with Elizabeth Cobbs, who danced with us, to hear more about her  historical fiction novel “The Hamilton Affair,” a New York Times bestseller!

To the right is a photo taken after class. That’s me and Elizabeth Cobbs in the matching red Hamilton t-shirts – nope, we didn’t plan it :). There were five people new to Nia and three people traveled all the way from Orange County to attend the class. And, my husband came to class – a rare event. It was truly wonderful! I am excited to share this routine at StudioNia Santa Fe on Saturday, September 8 at 11:30am!

 

Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018

ArcanaDance™ – Embodying Confidence: A Tarot & Movement Workshop with The Chariot card

Photo credit: Barbara Badolati
Photo credit: Barbara Badolati

This afternoon 18 of us went on an ArcanaDance™ journey with The Chariot – exploring the somatic markers of confidence and self-determination. We never take photos of the highly personal dance we do as a group but we got a couple of snapshots of our center altar of cards, our circle, journaling and conversations to glean wisdom and action from the cards we chose. We shared story, we laughed, we cried, we howled, we danced and left the space embodying a new confidence.

Every participant in this workshop explored the physical qualities of confidence, learned ways to rein in any qualities that impede their forward movement and discover their own unique pathway to self-determination.

ArcanaDance™, created by me – Jennifer Lucero-Earle, is a therapeutic practice designed to facilitate self-discovery, empowerment, transformation & healing through a fusion of tarot, guided movement & music.

 

 

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Move into Inner Peace with Meditation & Nia
with Jennifer Lucero-Earle & Tai Velasquez

Meditation_PixabayWe (Tai and me, Jennifer) have known each other for about five years but our friendship and sisterhood often feels like it goes back a lifetime. We are both women of color with similar ancestral stories marked by pain, trauma, struggle and also, great love and solidarity.

A couple of years ago we both found ourselves deeply affected and overwhelmed by the state of the world. Between our shared ancestral trauma and our response to the current state of the world, we realized we needed to take a deep breath. For both of us Nia was a great practice to express a range of emotion, strengthen our bodies, and infuse our lives with joy. Nia introduced us to holistic movement and we sought to ground this experience through stillness.

We learned from our dear sister and fellow Nia colleague, Daveda Russell, the healing power of group meditation. We found that there’s a deep release and spark of hope that happens when people meditate together. Daveda is the loving guide that initiated us on this mindfulness path. Thanks to her, both of us have been meditating daily for 4 years and the practice has enriched our lives both on and off the dance floor. We now have the tools to center ourselves and respond to stressors from a place of calm and love.

We learned that self-care, through meditation and movement, is a radical act of self-love and resistance. We are so grateful to be able to take a deep breath together and to dance together. We know that our ability to choose joy and access inner peace not only heals us, but influences the well-being of our families, communities and world at large.

Join us for an exploration of stillness and movement this upcoming Monday, July 16, 2018 in Seattle, WA:

TaiJenniferMeditationNia_2Move into Inner Peace with Meditation & Nia

with Jennifer Lucero-Earle & Tai Velasquez
Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Move2Center Studio, 3618 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98126, lower level, entrance is on 37th Ave. SW.
Cost: $27
Register: http://www.move2centerstudio.com/events/monday-july-16-move-into-inner-peace-with-tai-jennifer

 

 

 

 

Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Carolyn Cushing of Soul Path Sanctuary and I wrote a multi-part article together to explore how our Tarot approaches fit together and as a prelude to a workshop we are offering together called Soul Path Embodiment: Dare to Get Out of the Chair! after the Tarot and Psychology Conference on April 27, 2017 of the upcoming Readers Studio.

Enjoy Part I about The Magician on Carolyn’s blog and Part 2, about the The Wheel of Fortune, below!

The Wheel

wheelmontageIn the RiderWaiteSmith Wheel of Fortune, the Magician’s symbols evolve into beings with wings. They surround a wheel seemingly floating in the sky. Everything moves in the Wheel. We are invited to follow.

The Wheel invites us to take notice of the pace and tempo of our movement towards action. We can tune in to what works for us whether that’s speeding up, slowing down or finding a rhythm of stop and start. As we turn with the Wheel we might ask ourselves, “Do I keep a soft grip or a tight grip? Do I plow ahead or move slowly and mindfully? How does my body respond to an unexpected detour or redirection?”

These questions become even more instructive when we explore them through physical movement and feel the impact of plowing, mindfulness, gripping, steering, stopping, changing direction, or dodging ‘traffic,’ for example.

Having taken the stances of figures on the cards, we can extend that into a next step into the action. And as we move into a flow inspired by the Tarot, we send a message to our inner selves that we are ready for change. As we move, we show a commitment to the Tarot’s lesson of change.

In ArcanaDance, Jennifer invites her students to use the opportunity to move inspired by cards as a dress rehearsal for change. She invites them to “try on” how it feels to move through change embodying the energies of strength, sovereignty, joy, strategy, trust, resolve, etc.

Over her years of leading ArcanaDance, Jennifer has seen that people have a deeper readiness for change when they can safely explore and experiment embodying new beliefs, habits and patterns.

Tarot inspired movement becomes a powerful foundation and first step for change making in our daily lives.

To continue reading – and have an encounter with The World – pop back over to Carolyn’s blog.

Feeling inspired and want to join us? Register for the 1-day Tarot and Psychology Conference and come to our evening session or sign up for the whole weekend of Readers Studio, the annual three-day gathering, in New York City, that includes sharing, teaching, and learning of all things Tarot. Just follow the links to register for either or both of these fabulous gatherings.

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The following short ArcanaDance video is the final installment of the multi-part blog post about embodying tarot cards through movement co-written by me, Jennifer Lucero-Earle, and Carolyn Cushing of Soul Path Sanctuary.