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  • Writer's pictureMaria Alda Gomez Otero

Overcoming the Resistance of Attending Dance Your Life Classes

Hello to the vibrant readers of the "Dance Your Life" blog,

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Some of you have conveyed a recurring sentiment: the initial #resistance to come to the classes, which is then overshadowed by the joy and fulfilment experienced during the sessions. This resistance phenomenon, intriguing yet entirely common, raises important questions. In my dual roles as a dance facilitator and psychotherapist, I've delved deep into the roots of such hesitations. So, what causes this resistance towards #therapeuticdance, including Dance Your Life, a medium brimming with healing potential? And how can we transcend this barrier to truly unlock the transformative power of dance? Let's journey together into this exploration.

Therapeutic dance can have profound healing capabilities, from #emotionalcatharsis to physical rejuvenation. So, why the resistance? And more importantly, how can we navigate this resistance to fully harness the power of dance? Let's dive in.

1. Understanding the Root of Resistance

At the very core of our resistance normally lies an intricate web of emotions and past experiences. It's often more than just a simple reluctance; it's a protective mechanism our psyche deploys, especially when confronted with new, potentially vulnerable situations. Resistance is a natural human response when facing the unknown, change, or anticipated discomfort. For many, the dance floor can represent an arena of vulnerability, where they fear the scrutiny of others or confront their internal self-judgments. Others might have lingering memories from past experiences, like being teased for their dance moves, leading to an apprehension about stepping back into that space. Yet, there's also the anxiety of "not doing it right," a misconception born from structured dance norms. But here's the thing: in Dance Your Life, your body inherently knows what to do and how to do it. You don't need to "know" how to dance; you just need to allow your body to express itself. By delving deep and identifying the specific source of our hesitation, we can begin to address and transform it. Recognising and understanding these roots is more than just the first step; it's the foundation on which we can build a positive relationship with any therapeutic dance, including DYL.

2. Celebrating the Discomfort

Embracing discomfort might sound counterintuitive at first. After all, our instinct is to avoid situations that make us uneasy. However, in the realm of conscious and therapeutic dance, discomfort is a beacon signalling growth. Every time you feel a pang of unease, it's an indication that you're #pushingboundaries and exploring parts of yourself previously untouched or unacknowledged. Just like how muscles need to be stressed to grow stronger, our emotional and psychological muscles need similar stretching. Instead of recoiling from this unease, we should celebrate it as evidence of our evolving #self-awareness. After all, transformative experiences rarely come from staying in our comfort zone.

3. Embracing Imperfection

In the vast universe of dance, many hesitate to take the first step, fearing that their movements might not match the standard definitions of 'grace' or 'rhythm'. This fear of judgment or self-critique, however, misses the true essence of Dance Your Life. Unlike traditional dance forms where there's a choreography to master, DYL is about free expression. It’s not a competition or performance; it’s a personal journey. The wobbles, the missteps, the awkward turns – they are all part of this authentic expression. The beauty of it is in its rawness, its honesty. In every falter, there's a story, in every unconventional move, there's a memory or emotion. Embrace the imperfections, for they make your dance authentically yours.

4. Picturing Yourself Post-session

Take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you had attended: the energy, the glow, the sense of accomplishment. Consider the release of emotions you might have been holding onto, the newfound insights into your inner self, and the deep sense of relaxation and fulfilment. By attending a DYL session, you’re not only moving your body but also creating space for emotional and psychological revelations. Imagine the weight lifted off your shoulders, the newfound freedom in your movements, and the palpable connection to your inner rhythm. While the initial steps might be daunting, the end feeling is invariably one of rejuvenation, empowerment, and deep contentment. The journey through the dance is worth every moment of uncertainty or apprehension you might feel at the start.

5. Trusting the Process

Embarking on a therapeutic dance journey is akin to venturing into uncharted territory. While we might have a destination in mind, the path can often be winding, unpredictable, and filled with challenges. However, it's crucial to remember that every twist, turn, and detour offers its own set of learnings. By trusting the process, we surrender to the rhythm of our journey, understanding that even the moments of doubt, frustration, or resistance have a purpose. Our individual experiences in conscious dance are not just about the moments when everything feels aligned, but also about the times when we grapple with our innermost fears, hesitations, and vulnerabilities. It's these combined highs and lows that lead to profound personal growth. Just as a dance choreography comprises varied steps and movements, some smooth and some challenging, our healing process similarly encompasses a range of emotions and experiences. By placing trust in the process, we give ourselves the grace to move through each phase with an open heart, fully embracing the #danceofselfdiscoveryandtransformation.

In wrapping up this exploration into the nuances of resistance and the healing journey of therapeutic dance, it's essential to remember that our hesitations and vulnerabilities aren't roadblocks; they are integral parts of our transformative path. "Dance Your Life" is not merely about the physical act of dancing but about the dance of our souls, emotions, and experiences. By understanding our resistance, celebrating our discomforts, embracing our unique imperfections, visualizing our post-dance elation, and placing unwavering trust in the process, we open ourselves up to profound growth and self-realization. To every reader feeling the pull yet grappling with resistance, remember: your dance awaits, and it's a dance only you can perform. Let's embrace the rhythm, the highs and lows, and dance into a world of understanding, acceptance, and profound healing. Dance, after all, is the language of the soul, and your soul has stories waiting to be expressed. Dive in and Dance Your Life!.

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