TranscenDANCED in Asmara

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What an enlightening experience!!!

I was so nervous on Saturday morning, I kept going through all the things I wanted to say during the event. PLUS it was my sister’s birthday so I wanted to make sure she was having a good time.

The weather was beautiful that day, and Asmarawas ready for us to set up when we arrived at 9 15. When people started arriving, I was surprised to see so many new faces, and even familiar faces of friends who I did not expect to see at the event. It was a wonderful feeling :] We started by sitting in a circle, explaining the event, the rules and, what to expect during the dance. There were about 20 of us, most of which have never experienced ecstatic dance before. We started by stretching and shaking our bodies to get warmed up, and then we brought our attention to the breath. So it began…

Transcendance DO’S:

✅ You are FREE to express yourself
✅ Free to move or just mediate on the side or do yoga
✅ No need to follow steps
✅ Parents can bring their kids

Transcendance DONT’S:
❌ No shoes
❌ No alcohol
❌ No drugs
❌ No phones/cameras
❌ No talking in the space

Unfortunately I don’t have any more photos or videos to post just yet, but I will get a few to share with you all soon! Since it was our first time we decided to document some parts of the event, that way others can get an idea of what the experience is all about, and hopefully, join in next time!

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This was only my 3rd ecstatic dance experience and although I was worrying about how people were going to react, I was beautifully surprised and happy to see that everyone was so open and receptive to the music and to the movement. I loved catching people in the eyes and then smiling at them, I loved seeing people full of joy and letting go of judgments, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in that space together where we were all embracing the moment and becoming one. I felt emotional and fulfilled.

After about an hour, the music leaded us to shavasana and then we came together for the sharing circle. This was when my heart grew and melted. Everyone shared very kind words about the event, but most importantly, shared their personal experience without fear. I thrive on openness and oneness, and that was given to me last Saturday morning, HASHTAG BLESSED! Haha… :-p . I saw myself in each person and felt so connected to them, to my surroundings, and to my body and soul. We then surprised Divine with a birthday cake :] It was delightful to see her so happy as this was only the second time for her to DJ ecstatic dance music. She did a great job by the way, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister!

I’m very grateful to Princess and Jangee for inviting me to start this movement with them, and very thankful for my sister and boyfriend for being so supportive of my ventures. Thank you Asmara for the venue! We are very excited for the future of Transcendance! Please stay tuned on my facebook page for the upcoming events.

Namaste ❤

 

Forearm balance

Forearm balance

Practicing forearm stand variations.

How to practice doing forearm stands, headstands, and handstands:

∞ practice against a wall

∞ if you must, push your legs up and lean your feet against the wall till you find your balance

∞ activate your core

∞ slowly push your feet away from the wall and find your balance

∞ you may start closer to the wall and when you feel more comfortable, move further and further away

∞ practice is the key, so don’t stop trying!

Good luck!

Wearing the reversible Boracay Thong from SOLTI Activewear & top from H&M

Willful Ignorance

Willful Ignorance

See no evil.

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Hear no evil.

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Speak no evil.

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They say that theres a reason why you take your kids to pick apples but don’t take them to a slaughter house, and Dana Ellyn’s paintings says it all-

What you don’t see or hear doesn’t exist, but the sorry truth is that it DOES. Every single day, thousands and thousands of animals are kept in confined spaces, are mistreated, and then slaughtered just to satisfy people’s taste buds for 10 minutes. And because no one actually sees this happening, how could it matter to them?

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It all started when we were kids. Most of us ate whatever was put on our plates without question and without even being told where it came from. Advertisements on television showed hotdogs filled with cheese, burgers and spaghetti meat balls. Parents told us we had to drink lots of milk so we could grow big and strong, but no one taught us the process from animal to mouth, and why would they? Why teach anyone, especially kids about the harm caused to these animals? If they were educated about it, they probably wouldn’t eat it and that couldn’t happen because what else would they eat? “Its takes too much trouble to be a vegan/vegetarian”– and this is only because we, too were not educated on this type of diet.

In my opinion, just because eating meat is human tradition, habit and some say, a key to survival, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach children how their food is made. We all knew chicken came from a chicken, pork came from a pig, and beef came from a cow, but we didn’t know what goes behind the process of animal farming, and some of us still don’t know. When we were kids, most of us loved animals and still do, so when was it okay for us to think that it was right to kill and eat them? When was is okay to eat a pig but not a dog? How did we learn to eat the way we do?

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I wish I questioned what was on my plate. I wish I was taught about the horrors of the meat industry, even at a young age. I think it is important to know and to share to our children about what is going into their bodies, and of course, what happens to these helpless animals when they’re kept in factories. These days, most to all inorganic meat produce contains antibiotics, unnatural flavour enhancers and other toxic chemicals. Educating yourself about the food you eat is by far the most important thing I think anyone should strive to do.

What you’re putting into your body is what makes you. You digest it, whether it’s healthy or harmful for you.

“IF YOU CAN’T WATCH THE PROCESS, YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING IT.”

Paintings by vegan artist, Dana Ellyn.