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Soundings has been offering classes and sessions in the Augusta/Gardiner area since 2001. Soundings has also offered Sound Healing, Crystal Bowl Meditations and LifeBreath classes throughout the State of Maine. Chakradance classes are now being scheduled!!
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Since 2010 Brenda has been part of Joan
Lunden's Camp Reveille offering Sound Healing, LifeBreath and
meditation. She also offers Intuitive Reiki Sounding private table sessions as well! doTERRA Essential Oils, crystals placed on the body and the amazing Amethyst BioMat support the sessions. To find out more about this wonderful 4 day retreat for women go to www.campreveille.com
Opening My Mind & Spirit to Chakradance by Joan Lunden
During the summer months when I am
living at our home in southern Maine, I have a really fun workout class
with a number of female friends who live near me. We hold our class
three days a week in the afternoon and my fitness trainer, Beth Bielat,
leads the class. Beth is a triple threat, she’s not only a trainer, a
mom (and grandma!), but she’s also a black belt in Karate and what makes
her so great is that she can make any workout fun!
We do lots of different kinds of exercise – Beth mixes it up every
week so we don’t get bored. Sometimes Beth leads us in a straight
forward cardio class to awesome heart-pumping music, some days we do
step training, some days we go to the gym and do a circuit on the
machines, sometimes we do Tabata classes which are High Intensity
Interval Training, and then some days we do Yoga and stretching and
breathing classes. …But today we tried something new!
Our introduction to Chakradance
The other day we had a guest instructor, Brenda Colfer. Brenda teaches at my summer camp for women Camp Reveille (Aug
21-14). She offers “Introduction to Chakras”, “Life Breath” and “Sound
Healing.” But Brenda wanted us to experience a new class that she
teaches called “Chakradance” in hopes that we might add it to our Camp
Reveille program coming up in August!
OK so let me be totally honest here… when I heard about this I was a
little intimidated by the idea of letting my body “dance like a free
spirit,” listening to the music and focusing on my body’s Chakras
centers…. Really?! I’m going to do this in front of all the others in
the class?! Won’t I look like an idiot?! Well, guess what – Brenda
pulled out a basket of silk bandanas and told us that we would tie them
around our heads, doing the whole class blindfolded - Halleluiah!!!!
NOW, I can’t get into this! Sure, Brenda would see me, but everyone else
probably looked just as silly as I would!
So with that out of the way, Brenda had us sit on the floor on big
comfy pillows and close our eyes and she led us in a short calming
meditation to focus us in the room and in our own bodies. She then
explained that Chakradance blends a unique musical vibration with each
chakra. We had all taken her class “Introduction to Chakras” but she
briefly reminded us of the seven Chakra centers in our bodies and what
they did. Here is a quick explanation:
What are Chakras?
Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows
through. Blocked energy in any of the 7 Chakras is said to lead to
unhappiness and even illness, so that is why it’s important to
understand this energy flow in the body and what each Chakra represents
and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.
Brenda explained that we would be standing up and that she would lead
us, starting with the root Chakra and we would work our way up to the
Crown Chakra at the crown of our head, here are the Chakras we would go
1. Root Chakra
- Represents our foundation and that feeling of being grounded. It is
located at the base of our spine in the tailbone area. It is associated
with emotional issues, or survival issues such as food and money and
2.Sacral Chakra – Represents our
connection and our ability to accept others and new experiences. It is
located in our lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and about 2
inches in. It is associated with emotional issues such as well-being,
our pleasure and our sexuality.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra –
Represents our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. It
is located in our upper abdomen in the stomach area. It is associated
with self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.
4. Heart Chaka – Represents our
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 our
ability to communicate. It is located in our throat. It is associated
with our ability to communicate, self-expression of feelings and our
ability to tell and to deal with the truth.
6. Third Eye Chakra – This
represents our ability to focus on and see the big picture. It is
located on our forehead, between our eyes. It is associated with
imagination, intuition, wisdom, and our ability to think and make
7. Crown Chakra – This is the
highest Chakra and it represents our ability to be fully connected
spiritually. It is located at the very top of our head. It is
associated with our inner and our outer beauty, our connection to our
spirituality and our ability to experience true bliss.
Now, for the dancing!
am now going to try to explain how we dance, or rather let our bodies
move to our inner awareness of these seven different worlds each with
its own meaning and lessons. Specifically selected music (really cool,
very primal) and Brenda’s guided visualizations helped us tap into our
inner world – our energy. Your movements are to be spontaneous but she
specifically said, “no dance experience required.”
Chakradance is usually held in a dark room, our class was in the
afternoon, but it didn’t matter, we had our blindfold on, thank
goodness. Brenda said there was no right or wrong way to do this, that
it was about expression and dancing for self-discovery and
self-healing. OK here we go.
The music was amazing; it truly seemed to capture the essence of each
Chakra. The music for the first Chakra, the Root Chakra was incredibly
primal. Since this is the Chakra associated with basic survival and
our fight or flight response, Brenda told us to imagine ourselves
dancing around a fire as natives might do in a primitive dance which was
done not for social interaction like today but rather for their
standing in the tribe and their personal self-worth. Many tribes had a
leader who would give the calls called a shaman and today our shaman was
Brenda. Could she whip up in to an emotional frenzy?
As I began to move, admittedly not that much, I began to feel the
floor pounding a little around me which meant that someone, or maybe all
of them, were really rocking out – Oh dear I thought, am I the only one
moving with such shyness?
Of course the whole premise behind meditation and chakra/sound
healing is about focus. It’s about pulling your focus away from all
that is going on around you in your life, and quieting that little voice
that talks to you all the time (and drives you crazy), and centering
your focus on your inner peace and tranquility. No wonder monks live
longer than us, they aren’t dwelling on the stresses in their lives,
there’s a lesson to be learned.
I liked listening to the primal music and imagining myself stripped
of all the outward accessories that tend to define us and send signals
to others, and just focus on the inner workings of my physical body. Was
I centered so I was making sound intuitive decisions? I felt pretty
good about that.
What I felt from the experience
Next, we moved on up to Sacral Chakra in our lower abdomen. DID
SOMEONE SAY MY ADBOMEN – MY DIGESTIVE TRACT? Any of you who have gone
through chemo know how it seems like demons take over your digestive
track and are in control during your treatment period. It’s because the
chemo doesn’t know the difference between bad cancer cells and good
cells and kills off a lot of good cells in process. What’s happening in
our bellies is actually called Mucositis, and it is a painful
inflammation or ulceration of the mucous membranes anywhere along the
gastrointestinal tract. It can also affect the lining of your mouth,
causing inflammation and ulcerations. It can make you lose your taste
and your appetite and have painful sores in your mouth. But right now
we were centered on our abdomens and I was focused on trying to a belly
dance, literally, like they do in countries like Morocco. My purpose
was to take back control and get things working properly again. I was
BIG into dancing for this Chakra.
Let me now move to the heart Chakra, because it involves many of
you. I don’t really remember how I was moving my body quite honestly,
but I do remember how incredibly thankful I was for all of your
heartfelt messages of support and prayers and simply put your love and
sisterhood. I’ve been reading all of the emails and letters and tweets,
but now I was experiencing them, feeling them and opening up my heart
to them and it made me realize the extent to which I am not on this
journey alone. I am unique in the sense that I am connected to so many
people by virtue of being in the public eye, and thus being in people’s
homes everyday for so many years. I feel the love and I reveled in it
during this chakra.
We ended with the Third Eye Chakra, being able to see the big
picture; and the Crown Chakra, which is about our inner and our outer
beauty and our spirituality. I would be lying to you if I didn’t tell
you that when you lose your hair and you don’t really always FEEL so
beautiful… it does make you focus on the you that is you without the
blonde hair. I’m not saying that I run around brandishing my baldness
but it’s made me rethink who is at the core of me. And all of the women
connecting with me who have experienced or are experiencing the same
challenging journey with me have made me have a profound new
appreciation for my place in this world and how I have been able to
connect with so many people. What a blessing.
I think this is the Chakra that is associated with true bliss and let
me tell you - I am experiencing it. I am surrounded by the most
supportive husband anyone could ever ask for who constantly reminds me
that he loves me know matter whether or not I have hair on my head. My
older daughters have dropped everything they were doing in their lives
to be with me at my doctor’s appointments and chemotherapy treatments.
My younger children who are away at summer camp write me letters to see
how my treatments are going. And all my other family and friends and
colleagues and then all of you, couldn’t be supporting me any better.
To top it all off, it has given me an opportunity to fulfill the legacy
of my dad who was a cancer surgeon, killed in an airplane crash while
returning from speaking at a cancer convention when I was just 14. I
feel him proudly looking down and saying “Good job Joni.” True bliss…
and I felt it in this new experience, Chakradance.
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