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© Andrew Mournehis

Dance of the Deities

Prepare not only to move..but to be moved

The Dance of The Deities workshop combines mythology, storytelling, Yoga and dance into a powerful process that allows a deep embodiment of spiritual teachings and ways to live them in the big "Dance of Life".

Section 1: Mythology and Symbology of the Deity: (45 min)
Introduction: Philosophy talk, storytelling and sharing the mythology of the Deity

Section 2: Warm-up/ Yoga Asana Practice: (45 min)
Asana practice that reflects the philosophy of the Deity with Mudra, Mantra and Pranayama

Section 3: Dance of The Deity: 2 parts: (75 min)
• Dance is broken down into blocks / counts of 8 / learning small portions of the structured dance sequence, created and choreographed specifically to learn the core teachings of the Deity
• The Entire "Dance of the Deity" is practiced several times to embody

Section 4: Integration: (15min)
Cool down, relaxation and final integration in a relaxed state revisiting teachings, key points and take home lessons from the dance and myth/stories shared.

The 5 Deities we will be working with through the week are:

1) The Daring Dance of Durga
A dance of grace and fearlessness where the the power of love triumphs over the love of power

2) Fierce Love Dance of Kali
Kali, the great fierce protectress, reveals her most stunning gifts of benevolence, compassion and deep love.

3) The Beloved Dance of Sita Ram
A dance of integrity and nobility, reuniting us with our deepest love…assists us in battling our demons so we feel whole and victorious again!

4) The Healing Dance of Hanuman
A dance revealing our humility, our warrior, our power, our potential, our gifts, our devotion, and the healing that arises through our fierce commitment to love!

5) The Abundance Dance of Lakshmi
This dance of prosperity leads us to the depths of our hearts desires and the souls calling to love

The whole class will be infused with divinely inspired music, potent ancient mantras and set to contemporary tunes, integrating them into the "Dance of Life"
An experience not to be missed!
Pleas note: A general level of dance experience necessary
All genders welcome!!


The 6th Element

Dance as dialogue between cultures

What do the five elements of Chinese philosophy have in common with the Gods and Goddesses expressed in Yoga and Hinduism? What energies do they move? Where do they meet in a space of similarity and synergy? Where do they differ? Can we create a 6th Elemental realm through dance, movement, yoga and embodiment?

Fabiana and Andrew, with over 50 years shared experience in their arts, dance and healing fields are merging and uniting the concepts of two cultures. Both Eastern, merged to bring them to life in our Western Culture. Both ancient and rich in metaphors, two different worldviews, search for this 6th Element: An Abstract yet Universal energetic force and pulsation that guides us, unites us...motivates, inspires and liberates US. This workshop will merge Chinese Medicine "5 Elements" Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire from the view of Dance for Health with Yoga, Dance, Mythology and Storytelling ("4 of my greatest passions" as Andrew would say), in search of a universal principle that empowers life. Each day a Chinese element will invite a Hindu deity to dialogue through dance and its energies opening the space for reflection. Let the Gods and Goddesses dance: Ganesha, Mahakala/ Shiva, Saraswati, Bagalamukhi and Krishna in a dialogue with the 5 Elements until only the essence of them remains, floating in space without cultural borders. The 6th element, simply Divine and Transcendent!

ARTISTBIO: Andrew Mournehis

Andrew Mournehis was living his dream as a dancer and choreographer when his career was cut short by a life-changing knee injury and serious illness in 1995. He was working for Tina Turner at the time, and it was her that initiated him into the world of Spirituality and the Divine through Buddhism. His crisis forced him to seek a healing path, and he turned to yoga to heal his body and soul, falling in love with the practice and teaching to packed yoga classes by 1999. Passionate about the healing power of group, mythology and stories, he combined his love for Yoga with transpersonal healing to create transformative spaces for participants. Andrew teaches a combination of Hatha, Bhakti and Tantra Yoga, and his unique teaching style is rich in heart and soul, tantric philosophy, inspiration, storytelling, Mantra and the spirit of the divine. Andrew has spent almost 20 years facilitating many healing groups, workshops, and retreats in Yoga, movement, Tantra, mythology, and transpersonal modalities. He boasts over 16 years of experience in Transpersonal Counselling and Art Therapy Techniques, 20 years of Yoga teaching and over 25 years’ experience in the fields of creative arts and dance.

His qualifications include:
Diploma of Health in Yoga (CAE)
Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling (Ikon Institute Of Victoria)
Senior Level 3 Certified Yoga Instructor With The Yoga Teachers Association (YTA) Teaching Faculty and Assessment Co-coordinator for Academy of Yoga Learning (2003–2017)
Lecturer at the Phoenix Institute of Victoria and Ikon Institute (2010–present)
Creator and Founder of "Dance of the Deities"
Andrew Mournehis is also Creative director of Divinegrace Yoga.


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