A yoni egg is a crystal that is polished and shaped like an egg. It was used in ancient China by Empresses and concubines for vaginal health and general well-being. Traditionally, a yoni egg is made from jade, but they are also crafted in quartz or obsidian.
Use of the yoni egg with specific exercises, tones massages the inner layers of muscles of the pelvic floor and the vagina. They are especially therapeutic for healing sexual discomforts and trauma, as well as recovering from natural childbirth and uterine prolapse. Menopausal women report improvements in lubrication and elasticity in their lady parts.
You might think it is unusual to include taoist practices with the art of bellydance. However, they are closely related and complimentary because they both stimulate similar hormonal secretions and contribute to a woman's mastery of her pelvic floor.
Commonly, a jade egg practice involves inserting the egg and then performing contractions and releases of the 3 layers of vaginal muscles to move the egg up and down the vaginal canal. Weights may be added through a drilled hole at the tip of the egg to add extra challenge.
At Bellydance Bliss, the yoni egg is used as a partner. Once it is inserted, traditional hip movements, such as hip circles, undulations and shimmies are creatively danced. A heightened awareness of the pelvic floor and a surge of warm energy permeates the woman's body.
Hence, there is a sweet symbiosis between the yoni egg practice and the dance. The dance makes eggs-ercise creative and pleasurable. The egg helps in a woman's mastery of the sacred bellydance movements. Once you become strong and confident with your yoni egg, you can show off your vaginal superpowers!
"Oh Woman, come before us,
before our eyes longing for beauty
...and dance for us.
Dance us the sweetness of life.
Give us again the sweetness and beauty
of the true dance..." Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan was a 'Dancer' by her own definition. She was outspoken and her life's work became a standard of modern dance. She rejected the forms of ballet that existed at the time, seeking freedom from corsets and dance shoes. 'Duncan Dance' was an art, not merely an entertainment. The waves of the sea and wind in the trees were embodied in her movements.
Her pupils were taught outside, in tunics and bare feet. Greek sculpture and literature were part of their education, but her schools sought to bring joy by fostering creativity, not imitation.
“The dancer of the future
will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together
that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body.
This is the mission of the dancer of the future.
She is coming, the dancer of the future:
the free spirit, who will inhabit the body of new women;
more glorious than any woman that has yet been;
more beautiful than all women in past centuries:
The highest intelligence in the freest body.”
Isadora Duncan had very controversial ideas. She believed in equal rights for women. Her sexuality was 'liberte'. She had a number of lovers, both men and women. She did not think a couple had to be married to have children. Her own children, Deirdre and Patrick, had different fathers.
Paris, Berlin, Vienna and the other great cities of Europe were homes for this artiste. She performed on stage and in private homes. She opened dancing schools everywhere she lived. She was a 'muse' for other artists. Newspapers wrote about her. Artists created sculpture, jewelry, photographs and paintings of her.Isadora Duncan is also remembered for the tragedy in her life. In nineteen thirteen, Isadora’s two children, Deirdre and Patrick, along with their nurse, were drowned in the Seine River in Paris. Her life entered a darkness that pervaded her work. In nineteen twenty-two, she married a Russian poet named Sergei Yesenin. He was almost twenty years younger than she was. He became a violent alcoholic and then had a mental breakdown. Three years later, he killed himself.
In the late nineteen twenties, Isadora Duncan’s dancing career was over. People began to think of her as a sad person whose best days were gone. She was seen in public many times after she had too many alcoholic drinks. She ran out of money, but continued to stay at the finest hotels. She had many debts that she could not pay. Newspapers carried stories of her “reckless” and “scandalous” life style.
In nineteen twenty-seven, her life ended suddenly. Isadora Duncan was in Nice, France. She was riding in a car that had the roof down. She wore a long scarf around her neck. One end of the scarf got caught in the rear wheel of the car. The heavy silk tightened around her neck and broke it. She died instantly at the age of fifty.
On Temptress Day (June 4, 2017), I am hoping that you will make some time to enchant your way to a feeling of Bliss!
Everyday this week, I will be posting ideas to brighten your Temptress goddess! Choose from my offerings, or create your own and make this Sunday a celebration!
Within a personal/private space...
Assemble a palette of props that have sense-appeal. You could include some of the following:
1. TOUCH: feathers, silks, fur, dry brush, lotion
2.TASTE: chocolate, fruit, cream, bubbly beverage
3. SMELL: essential oils, flowers
4. SOUND: bells, drum, shakers, voice (for this exercise there is no recorded music)
5. SIGHT: blindfold, mirror
Put on the blindfold to still your sight organs.
While blindfolded, seek out the items that you have assembled. Behold them, using as many of your senses as you can.
Once you have explored the items fully, remove the blindfold and revisit the items that appeal to you. Play with them. Feel them.
Let them tickle the Temptress!
Myth #3 - I'm not a performer...
Whoa! Let's set the stage straight.
Performing is an art all of its own
Shared by musicians;
Bellydance is mostly a personal and social practice
You do it at home (or other private places - like paradise!)
OR you do it at your friends' house
Bellydance Artists make beautiful stage performances
But there is a bellydancer in EVERY woman...
Beautiful and Wise
SET HER FREE!
Wanna know V-day in a new way?
Valentines...with a dash of 'more'
Gather a circle of women
Share songs and stories; wisdom and laughter
...and chocolate with your tea
Meet with someone dear to your heart
and talk about love
...red candles glowing
Cultivate a safe place at home
to nurture yourself; let go of the 'to-do's'
...rose petals at your feet
I love to be healthy and fit.
Since I was in high school, I did some form of exercise; aerobics, weight lifting, swimming and adventure sports.
Then, I took my first bellydance class, and something shifted for me. The 'sweat and sculpt' regime lost its lustre and I became enamoured with the sensations of pleasure that came into my body as I moved.
The time I spent in the 'shimmy-sashay-sway' of my hips and the 'caress-tickle-touch' of my hands was no longer about getting 'in shape', but about expressing my feelings, my visions and accessing a source of creativity that I didn't know I had. A new relationship with my body began.
Over the years, I have participated in many aspects of bellydance and not all of them make me proud. The entertainment industry has produced a certain sexualization of dance for the stage; I got a fancy costume and performed for money. The fitness industry puts a calorie count on dance sessions; I created fitness programs and collected students. I tried and taught all forms of recreation and professionalism and almost lost the meaning that attracted me in the first place. I became critical and judgemental of myself and other dancers...and then I stopped dancing. My body ached more; I got bored with life and moodier.
Now, I have returned with a loving embrace of it all. Exercise and bellydance are not in a competition. They are complimentary. I exercise to be fit. I dance to feel good.
The heart of bellydance remains when you look deeply into the soul of it all. Every woman that bellydances is tapping into a rich source of wisdom, beauty and bliss. Bellydance honours femininity, soothes the body and releases tension.
When I bellydance now, there is no goal to lose weight or measure the waist and thighs. I'm not practicing for my next performance or fitness routine. When I tie on my hip scarf and play music, I just dance to invoke curves and appreciate being a woman. Every time I bellydance, I feel more open, receptive, centred and happy. It's more simple now, yet so profound!
How would you answer this question?
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"Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect."
Cracks in cups, mended with gold
Withered parchment emblazoned with poetry
Decaying leaves framed with care...
Wabi Sabi teaches the wise one to see the beauty in the process of living and dying. Imperfection is just as much of an illusion as perfection. Just like seeing the artistry within inanimate objects, we can behold the beauty of movement with a wabi-sabi attitude. It is not about neglect, but a willingness to appreciate the transient nature of life.
Perhaps the body is no longer smooth, sleek and lean
Perhaps it moves with some stiff awkwardness
Perhaps you are frayed, unraveled, withered and worn
Embrace beauty in gesture
Your body is holy
Where you dance is sacred ground
Random acts of dance?
That song beckons you...from the loud speaker in the store; on the street; out of your iPod...
will you dance?
You might look foolish. People will wonder.
And yet, this one brave act may be the cure for the boring, excessively sedentary, illusion of isolation that is plaguing our daily lives!
So when the song plays...take a chance.
Get out of the cage you're in.
Put a little 'boogie' in your 'brave'; a little 'snap' in the 'crackle'; a 'wiggle' in your 'waddle'. You might just find you can be the happiest person around!
I wonder what would happen if we were all...Brave Dancing!
For extra inspiration, check out Sara Bareilles video at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/1561454/sara-bareilles-inspires-random-acts-of-dance-in-brave-video
Ms Wild is on a mission; to get every woman to enjoy the natural dance of their bodies.