Earth Wolf: Birthing Soul through Dancing with the Creative Tension of Paradox (All Levels): Dog Stage

Michael Brant DeMaria

Friday 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


The Earth Dog is all about balancing the wild and domestic, self and other, joy and sorrow, life and death, creativity and madness.  We will explore the wild roots of the earth dog in the image, movement and story of his wild ancestor the wolf.  The wolf teaches us the healthy, empowering ability to be connected without being co-dependent, how autonomy and connection breeds the healthiest kinds of relationships, partnerships and communities.  How to be loyal to our own soul at the same time be loyal to the soul of others and the world. Earth wolf teaches us to also be playful, laugh and find joy in the unconscious joy and play of the child, while also being courageous about protecting the innocent, and fighting for those unable to fight for themselves.

This class is based on the newest research in recovering the capacity for rhythm and play for health, healing and wellness. We will do a brief warm-up, create a safe environment and then dance through the elements, clearing the energy centers in the body—to promote releasing harmful stress hormones, while boosting natural healthy endorphins and brain chemistry—as well as quieting the mind, while we open the heart and exercise the body.

After some fire breathing pranayama to warm up, including some contagious and hilarious laughter yoga to find our inner earth wolf, we will move to some flowing heart-centered, soulful being-level movement to music that will help us experience the wholeness, wildness and fluidity of mind, body, heart and soul as a unitive experience.  Finally, the class will conclude with a relaxing yoga nidra meditation where Dr. DeMaria will create a sound healing experience to seal our practice honoring all the elements finding balance within and without.

Bring a mat for a lying down relaxation at the end – and most importantly bring your inner child and all of who you are!

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