Ecstatic dance has been described as a “form of dance in which the dancers, abandon themselves to the rhythm and move freely as the music takes them, leading to trance and a feeling of ecstasy.”
Ecstatic dance has been around since the beginning of time and now has become widely varied across multiple countries and religions. Ecstatic dance, also referred to as conscious dance, is a vessel we hold for ourselves to allow the full affirmation and statement of whatever our emotions are right now.
Shamans have used this as a way of altering consciousness by the use of drumming. Some people find this beneficial for spiritual, emotional, or physical connection. Others, it could be an art form.
It is used and practiced like yoga or meditation. The singing and dancing can be quite euphoric. Mixed together with music it can create a refined feeling deep within a person.
The great thing about ecstatic dance is that you have complete freedom to move however your body feels...
In our current world, the ancient tools of meditation and sound healing have been acknowledged by mainstream media and especially science. At Arco Isis Atitlán, we combine both meditation and stillness practices with music, to make our morning routines a truly transcendental experience.
Our facilitators and residents come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds. Kirtan is a daily occurrence. Song circles and gospel can be heard throughout the day, energizing the land.
One meditation technique that has really benefitted Matthew Michael, Founder of Arco Isis Sanctuary, is guided meditation with binaural beats.
Binaural beats use 2 frequencies, one in the left ear and one in the right, to create one frequency inside the brain. Pretty scientific stuff! In the transformational community of Lake Atitlán, balancing our frequencies through sound is a common occurrence. Listening to binaural beats within a guided meditation helps make meditation for beginners, easy and...