Karana- dance meditation classes

Karana- dance meditation classes

from 100.00

Starting Wednesday 8 May 2019. Fortnightly for 5 weeks only.

Venue: St Marks National Theological Centre, 15 Blackall Street Barton

By donation for those already enrolled in other Moving Archetypes courses. $125 (full) and $100 (concession) for others.

For those who are looking for a deep immersion into the contemplative heart of Indian dance, Karanas offer a rich and profound practice. Karanas are the 108 dance constellations that are attributed to Siva, the archetypal deity of Indian dance. They are enumerated in the ancient text on dance, Natya Sastra, and are mysterious combinations that contain feeling and dance and take us into realms beyond words.

No previous experience of dance required.

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For those who are looking for a deep immersion into the contemplative heart of Indian dance, Karanas offer a rich and profound practice. Karanas are the 108 dance constellations that are attributed to Siva, the archetypal deity of Indian dance. They are enumerated in the ancient text on dance, Natya Sastra, and are mysterious combinations that contain feeling and dance and take us into realms beyond words.

Each class will explore one single karana, following the sequence as set out in the Natya Sastra. There will be time for reflection on the practice of the previous week in class. Participants are invited to commit themselves to regular attendance to get the most out of this practice.

Karanas promise nothing that we know or recognise—indeed it is only by renouncing these expectations that this space comes to life. The value of this practice is in its power to shift paradigms and to take us into spaces of not-knowing through beauty and surrender.

Padma Menon brings deep insight and experience into Indian dance philosophy and practice. Her approach to Karanas focuses on practice as the primary space of insight and ‘learning’.  This is a unique opportunity to be part of a community of practice into an ancient and powerful tradition of contemplation and meditation.

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