Often times it's in those moments that we feel the least like dancing, that we most need the medicine it can bring.
We are going through a time of so much collective trauma, pain and grief. And on top of that collective pain, so many are going through personal trials and tribulations too.
In times like these, we often can't bring ourselves to do the things that bring us joy--like dancing. It's easy to stop taking care of ourselves and our needs, and to spiral down into hopelessness and despair.
Yet these are the times when we need dance the most. These are the times when its benefits can be the most powerful.
I have personally experienced this countless times. This dance has been there for me through every hardship I've faced in my adult life. Abuse, financial struggles, deaths of loved ones, accidents, injuries, difficult endings and life changes, and of course a global pandemic... through it all, the last thing I wanted to do was dance, but I was "forced" to dance anyway--as a dance teacher, I kept dancing and I kept showing up for my students no matter what.
And each time I did, I always felt a little bit better. Dance didn't solve all my personal problems, and it certainly can't solve all the problems that plague our world, but it does give us the strength to keep going.
I'm writing this with no agenda, other than to share with you the tool that most helped me through all of my own suffering. You don't have to take my classes, or any class at all, to benefit from the healing power of moving to music.
But if you do come to my classes, know that I am holding space for the full spectrum of your human experience. Not just your joy, but your pain and grief too.
And if you are suffering right now, I am sending you so, so much love.
Yamê is a Brazilian-American
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