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Begin in the basic fertility dance stance. With your inhalation, open
your arms far to the sides and open your fingers wide, extend your head
back, tilt your buttocks back (pubic bone looks down), and step one
leg (alternate left and right) to the side, with your knee bent and
your foot straight.
On your exhalation, let your head fall forward, bring your hands together,
make fists and bring them to your pelvis. At the same time step back
to center and tilt your pelvis forward (pubic bone looks up).
With this wide-reaching arm movement, you take strength from the universe
and guide it to your pelvis. Your weight, your center of gravity, your
attention and your breath always remain in your pelvis/genitals, even
as the steps lead you alternately left and right. Stomp if the goal
of the exercise is your menstruation. Tread lightly if you want to stimulate
Note: Inhalation and exhalation take equal time in the harvest dance.
This is a classic ritual dance from Africa. It may put you in a trance
if you practice it too long, therefore practice with caution!
Weed note: Like the vast majority of such dances worldwide, the actual
original intent of the dance is to induce a light trance. Trance states
are not dangerous so long as they are entered into with awareness. The
kinds of trances created by fertility dances make it easier to impact
your reproductive choices and reproductive health. There is some evidence
to indicate that so-called "primitive" peoples used such trances
as a major component of fertility manipulation. Light trances strengthen
the power of prayers, affirmations, and visualizations.
Chopping Wood Dance
As in the Harvest Dance, this dance helps you take energy from the
heavens and direct it to your pelvis. Begin in basic fertility dance
stance: knees relaxed, legs hip-distance apart, pelvis relaxed, feet
parallel, arms relaxed. Breathe fully and consciously into your pelvis/genitals
for one or two breaths. On an inhalation, stretch your arms upward with
open hands. Lift your right leg, extend your head back, and tilt your
pubic bone towards the floor (pelvis back). Your standing leg remains
Breathe out. Bring your right foot down, placing it parallel to the
left and keeping the knees loosely flexed. Stomp if you desire to bring
on your bleeding. Let you head fall forward. Make fists and bring them
to your pelvis, which is now tilted forward (pubic bone up).
Breathe in and stretch up, lifting your left leg, relaxing your head
back, and tilting the pubic bone down. Breathe out and stomp your left
food down (with force for menstruation, or lightly for fertility) as
you bring your head forward and your clenched fists to your upthrust
The illustration shows what the final stance of this dance looks like
from the side.
Heavenly Energy Dance
Like the previous dances, this one focuses universal healing energies
on the pelvis. The expanding and contracting force of the movement makes
it quite trance-inducing if done for sufficient time.
Place your legs one step apart, with the right leg in front of the
left. Stretch your open hands up and gather heavenly energy while breathing
in. Both your head and your pelvis are tilted back (point pubic bone
down). Knees are slightly bent and feet are straight.
As you exhale, close your hands, making fists, bring your arms forward
and down, and concentrate the heavenly energy into your pelvis with
your fists. Let your head fall forward. Contract your pelvic muscles
and point the pubic bone up. Stretch the right leg a little, but not
Switch the position of your legs, so the left leg is one step in front
of the right. Breathe in and reach up for heavenly energy, pointing
the tailbone and the head toward each other in the back. Breathe out,
pull the heavenly energy into the pelvis with the closed hands and push
the pubis up toward the hands while straightening the left knee.
Be sure to breathe slowly, deeply and evenly.
Assume the basic fertility dance stance. Inhale and stretch both of
your arms far forward (as if greeting or inviting someone) and, at the
same time, stretch your left leg forward and up, leaving the knee bent.
The other leg remains bent at the knee as well. Exhale forcefully as
you flex your left knee and draw your left leg in toward your trunk.
At the same time, make fists and strongly flex your elbows. Feel strength
in your entire body. Repeat, lifting your right leg forward and up as
you exhale. This is a vigorous, demanding dance. It strengthens and
balances, internally and externally, as it brings a powerful rush of
energy into the hips and pelvis.
Breathe steadily and evenly throughout.
Inhale, spread your arms wide open to the sides, extend your head back.
Keep your legs open and loose at the knees, feet parallel. Tilt your
pelvis back (pubic bone tips toward the floor). Exhale; pull your head
forward, round your entire back, pull your right leg up to your right
breast, while your arms embrace the knee. The other leg remains bent.
Tilt the pubic bone up. Still exhaling, put (or stomp) your right leg
down on the floor, open your arms, throw your head back and tilt your
pubic bone down. Repeat in the same way with the other leg.
Music has many different effects on us and can put us in different
moods. We cannot close our ears, therefore it is important to be selective
about what we allow in. Electronic music or music that has been produced
with synthesizers has less healing vibrations than music stemming from
natural or organic instruments. For the dance phases of LUNA YOGA everybody
can pick suitable music for themselves. I recommend to pick not too
fast a rhythm for starters, so you won't become short of breath.
I often play "affirmations" by Kath and Ini. This is a tape
produced by Australian women. They use a wide variety of instruments,
including Aboriginal didjeridoos. Affirmations are invocations of positive
properties that we want to support, like faith, strength, love, imagination,
understanding, power, will, order, purpose, letting-go, life. The tape
can be ordered from Women's Music Collective, c/o Post Office, The Channon,
New South Wales 2480, Australia.
Weed note: My choice for affirmative, woman-centered chants and music
is Lisa Thiel, who has an incredible series of tapes including "Prayers
for the Planet" and "Songs of the Spirit." Her tapes
and an enormous variety of other wonderful music can be obtained from
Ladyslipper Music, PO Box 3124R, Durham, NC 27715. For a free catalog,
or to order, call 1-800-634-6044.