I believe my purpose in life is to serve as a conduit for others to awaken to the wisdom and joy of the body.
I am a somatic alchemist. I create and facilitate embodied movement experiences that support you in having a more loving, kind, pleasurable, respectful and empowered relationship with your body. I want you to feel vital, whole, strong, flexible, mobile, stable and in harmony with your unique body.
Whether it’s through Somos Luceros, ArcanaDance™, or Somatic Dance-Yoga, I am a masterful somatic facilitator, bringing compassion, playfulness and joy to any experience. My guidance is simple, clear and will allow you to move your body in ways that honor and align with your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual capabilities and values.
My maiden name, Lucero, means “bright star.” I am excited to move, groove and share my light with you.
Somos Luceros – We are light, embodied. Somos Luceros is a somatic dance practice designed to illuminate the wisdom of your body and cultivate deep embodiment of archetypal qualities that offer lightness, depth and joy. The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling, opening new chapters in our bodies where we can see and feel our most luminous potential. Release the stories in your body that weigh you down and reclaim your light. In Spanish, Somos means “we are” and Luceros means “bringers of light” or “bright stars.” This name honors my father, my paternal indigenous ancestors in South America, my heritage, and our collective oldest ancestor, the stars. We are dancing bodies of light.
ArcanaDance™ – The tarot, embodied. If tarot cards could dance, this is what they’d look like! Created by me, ArcanaDance™ is a fusion of tarot and movement that feels like dance therapy. Arcana is defined as a secret. Dance is defined as movement to music. When fused together, ArcanaDance™ is defined as a secret that is revealed through movement.
Coming Home to Ourselves Somatic Dance-Yoga Practice brings together movement as metaphor with the expanse of yoga with the intent to guide us to deeper embodiment beyond the yoga mat. These classes include simple yoga postures in dance form, mindfulness prompts, various meditation practices, the application of mantra (in English and Sanskrit), mudras, and the weaving in of the rich and deep yoga philosophy that guides us into deeper levels of self-knowing. I am a graduate of the 300-hour Honor Yoga’s Roots Yoga Teacher Training with Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute.
Stretch and Fly, co-created by me and Liziah Richards (www.liziahtherapies.com) is a unique empowering movement practice that combines simple dance moves and yoga. Experience original choreography that blends flowing movement and dynamic stillness.
All of my somatic movement offerings draw from trainings and various experiences, over the course of three decades, in the following modalities: SomaSoul Somatic Therapy (Leven Institute), Yoga Practices (all 8 limbs), QiGong, Nia (Classic, Moving to Heal, 52 Moves, and Nia 5 Stages), African Dance, Afro-Caribbean dance, Orixa Dance, and Life-Art Process (Anna Halprin, Tamalpa Institute).
With deep thanks to my many somatic movement, expressive arts, and experiential healing teachers and trainers over the past thirty years: Dan Leven, Heather Bilotta, Sage Brody, Debbie Rosas, Carlos Rosas, Britta Von Tagen, Ann Christiansen, Dr. Robert Woodbine, Bud Stone EdD, Shari Specland, David Darling, Monika Kretschmar, Barbara Sarah, Anna Halprin, Dr. Giordana Grossi, Aileen Panke, Youssouf Koumbassa, M’Bemba Bangoura, Susanna Barkataki, and many more.
Training & Certifications
300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification, Honor Yogas Roots, Ignite Institute for Yogic Studies and Social Change – 2020.
SomaSoul Somatic Therapy – In process, 2020-2022.
Nia Technique: White, Blue, Brown, Black and First Degree Black Belts, Nia 5 Stages, Moving to Heal, and 52 Moves. Certifications completed between 2010-2018. While I not currently a licensed Nia teacher, I draw from practices and processes learned throughout my deep training and teaching of Nia over the course of 17 years.
Master of Arts, Experiential Health and Healing with emphasis on somatic awareness, The Graduate Institute – 2003-2005.
Also, see my calendar for special classes and events.
Somos Luceros – Dancing Self-Care: An Embodied Exploration of Attending to Your Well-Being
via Zoom (live)
Dates: Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2021, both days at 10:00AM PST
Time Zones: 10:00AM PST | 11:00AM MST | 12:00PM CST | 1:00PM EST
Class is one hour.
Register for one or both classes:
Join us for Dancing Self-Care: An Embodied Exploration of Attending to Your Well-Being
Attending to our well-being is a deliberate act. With our consciousness placed on care of our self, we pay attention to the signals of our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual bodies and discern how to respond.
To feel well and to be in a state of well-being is a deeply personal experience. No one specific practice or approach works for everyone at all times. Self-care can be expressed as turning inward, resting, conserving our energy, moving from ease, softening, or reducing effort. Self-care can be emphasizing movements, expressing emotion, reaching for support, setting boundaries, or seeking release from stressors. Self-care can also be dynamic, shifting and changing as honor how we feel in the moment and attend to the signals and sensations of our interior and external realities.
Dancing Self-Care is a guided embodied exploration of different somatic ways we can attend to our well-being. The emphasis on this dance is bringing awareness, compassion, heart and love to whatever needs our attention. The playlist is a compilation of songs from other Somos Luceros bodies of work woven together to offer a nurturing sonic landscape and movement prompts that provide ease to your body with their repetition and simplicity. I hope that you will join us for this exploration.
The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling. You are invited to receive the choreography, bring it into your body and make it your own.
Somos Luceros is a somatic dance practice designed to illuminate the wisdom of your body and cultivate deep embodiment of archetypal qualities that offer lightness, depth and joy. The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling, opening new chapters in our bodies where we can see and feel our most luminous potential. Release the stories in your body that weigh you down and reclaim your light. In Spanish, Somos means “we are” and Luceros means “bringers of light” or “bright stars.” This name honors my father, my paternal indigenous ancestors in South America, my heritage, and our collective oldest ancestor, the stars. We are dancing bodies of light.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.
Pay what you can in exchange for the class experience:
- Venmo: Jennifer-Lucero-Earle or https://venmo.com/jennifer-lucero-earle
- PayPal: https://paypal.me/jenniferluceroearle
- Credit Card (Square): https://my-site-105290-108786.square.site/
- Zelle: email@example.com
What to wear and have with you:
- Have the Zoom link/meeting ID and password provided to you by Zoom (confirmation of your registration).
- Wear comfortable clothes to move in freely.
- We dance barefoot but if you need the additional support, feel free to wear flexible (and comfy!) sneakers or shoes.
- Have water nearby so that you can stay hydrated.
- Feel free to have a yoga mat, towel or chair for our last song.
- Optional: Earbuds or wireless headset. You may want to use a wireless headset/headphones – it appears to be a good way to hear the music more clearly. If not, feel free to hook up a speaker to your laptop, tablet or phone OR use the speaker in the device you are using. It’s all good! Make the choice that feels right for you.
Coming Home to Ourselves Dance-Yoga Practice
Movement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Mantra, and Mudra
via Zoom (live)
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Class Time: 4:00PM PT – 5:15PM PT
Time Zones: 4:00PM PT, 5:00PM MT, 6:00PM CT, 7:00PM ET
Coming Home to Ourselves Dance-Yoga Practice is a somatic dance yoga practice that brings together movement as metaphor and the expanse of yoga with the intent to guide us to deeper embodiment beyond the yoga mat. This practice is about befriending your body and reuniting with it as a sacred beloved and noticing how your mind and body work together to create harmony in your life.
The focus/theme of this Tuesday’s class is transitioning with self-awareness of our interior orientation.
A foundation of both yoga and ayurveda is a school of thought called Samkhya philosophy. This philosophy helps us understand our own human behavior with the gunas, the basic qualities and attributes that inform the nature of all of life. The three gunas are tamas, rajas and sattva. There are so many expressions and layers to each of the gunas. For our class we will explore just a few of these qualities and how they influence our inner orientation to our lived experience: Tamas as heaviness and withdrawal from experience, rajas as energy and engagement, and sattva as harmony and joy. In this class we will transition to and from each guna, anchored in self-awareness of how each one influences how we orient to our movements through life.
This class includes simple yoga postures in dance form (alternating fluid movement and stillness), mindfulness prompts, various meditation practices, the application of mantra, mudras, and the weaving in of the rich and deep yoga philosophy that guides us into deeper levels of self-knowing and unity of mind and body.
Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Make sure you have a yoga mat or towel. Feel free to also have a blanket or pillow to sit on for the seated portion of class.
We do not do any weight bearing poses in these classes. This practice is truly gentle and I am working towards making yoga accessible. If you would like to see a sample class, simply email me and I will share the link and password with you.
If you are new to language I have used above to describe class, here are some simple guiding definitions:
- What is movement? For this class it is body postures in motion. We will take simple yoga asanas (poses) and embody them through a dance that blends fluidity and stillness.
- What is mindfulness? A quality of focused awareness to the present moment and of our sensations that includes our body, mind, and emotions.
- What is meditation? Various experiential practices and techniques that support mindfulness and focusing our mind and body.
- What is Mantra? A sound, word or group of words (such as affirmations) that aid in mindfulness, meditation and focusing the mind and body.
- What is Mudra? Hand and body gestures that both ground and move energy in the body.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.
Class is 75 minutes long.
Pay what you can – Here is the info to make a payment of your choice, in exchange for the class experience:
Venmo: Jennifer-Lucero-Earle or https://venmo.com/jennifer-lucero-earle
Credit Card (Square): https://my-site-105290-108786.square.site/
Some helpful tips:
- If you are not familiar with Zoom, this webpage offers excellent instructions: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
- Log in to Zoom a few minutes (5-10) beforehand. If you arrive late, after I start teaching, I won’t be able to grant you access to the room. When you log in, you will virtually ushered into a “waiting room.” As soon as I see that you are there, I will grant you access to enter the Zoom room where we will be dancing together. This extra time also allows us to greet each other, check in and play with the sound together 😉
- You may want to use a wireless headset – it appears to be a good way to hear the music more clearly. If not, feel free to hook up a speaker to your laptop, tablet or phone OR use the speaker in the device you are using. It’s all good!
- Find a place where you have some room to move around freely.
- When entering the Zoom meeting, put yourself on mute.
- Make Sure Your Sound and Video are ON – there’s a way to test this on your screen.
- Select “Speaker View” on the top right corner of your screen to have the image of me large and clear.
- Enjoy the class and each other <3
There will be no in person classes in the near future. I will continue to heed the guidance of the CDC and local government professionals. Let’s all do our part to flatten the curve.
Feel free to share this invitation with others!
Looking forward to dancing with you online until we can resume dancing together in person.
See special classes, workshops and retreat offerings here.
Bring a workshop or retreat to you
Invite me to customize an experience for your group, circle, organization, company or institution. I’ve facilitated custom movement experiences for sister circles, women’s groups, wellness groups, the University of Washington (UW), UW Medicine, Seattle Yoni Ki Baat (YKB), Northwest Tarot Symposium, and The Readers Studio, an international tarot conference. I can bring a Tarot, ArcanaDance™, Somos Luceros, or a Somatic Dance-Yoga class, workshop or mini-retreat to you.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.