Body Intelligence Summit 2016

Guided Movement Dance of Oneness Daily

With Banafsheh Sayyad

Banafsheh will guide you in a video experience of some of the basic techniques and rituals of Dance of Oneness infused with the poetry of Rumi, the 13th Century Persian mystic poet. She will show you how to ground your energy, establish the primal yin and the connection with the Earth as the foundation of your body, release some of your tension and rigidity, weave conscious awareness and a supple ease into your whole body, so you can open yourself to the divine presence that permeates all and everything through grace, clarity, soft strength and flowing sensuality. The practice is designed for everyone to participate regardless of ability and limitations. It is done standing and beneficial if done every day. You will experience:
• Aliveness and a sense of joy rooted in peace
• Sacred sensuality as a key to embodiment
• Circulation of energy in your whole body

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Banafsheh Sayyad

Sacred Dancer, Choreographer & Founder of Dance of Oneness®

Banafsheh Sayyad is a Persian master sacred dancer, choreographer, acupuncturist, transformational teacher, activist, and founder of Dance of Oneness®. A deeply profound and highly accessible spiritual teacher of embodiment, Banafsheh performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. Her signature style of “holy wildness infused with ancient wisdom” activates transformation and illumination in all those who watch and dance with her from around the globe.

Banafsheh invites the dancer within to remember, reclaim, and resource the innate healing intelligence spiraling both in us and all around us. Her easeful instruction and welcoming spirit empower students to feel a true sense of belonging in their bodies. Students experience more passion in their lives by integrating wisdom teachings from throughout the ages.

She is among the few virtuosos of authentic Persian dance in the world, and a pioneer in creating a liberated feminine expression in the Sufi dance genre, previously performed only by men. Her modality, Dance of Oneness®, is a spiritual path and a science of embodiment. It is a fusion of three dimensions — including healing, wisdom teachings, and the rigorous technique and self-expression of the art of dance.

Banafsheh has a master’s degree in dance and choreography from UCLA, and a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her award-winning work has been presented throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Her dance film In the Fire of Grace, with Andrew Harvey, traces Rumi’s journey of the soul in dance.