20 Jan (Self)Reflection on Be Moved Studio in 2021
by Laura Martin-Eagle
It is hard to believe that our doors have been closed for almost a year now. I have walked into the studio several times in these past months and can still feel you. It has been the closest to a hug that I have felt in quite awhile.
In all honesty, I have been struggling with my decision to keep the studio open. Paying rent on an empty building has been difficult financially and emotionally. Like many of us, although we have a practice such as dance, meditation or yoga, we have struggled this past year with all the stress and anxiety of the unknowns, isolation, as well as physical and emotional traumas that we have been navigating through the pandemic and the lifted white veil of systemic racism.
I lost my practice but managed to spend each day walking on the Burroughs trail always greeted by the photo of Patti Smith. I called it my path to sanity. I also grew a lovely garden that fed me all summer.
I started engaging in online classes because if I am going to keep Be Moved Studio open as a true movement arts sanctuary I am dedicated to making sure the studio is a welcome space for diversity. I invested in anti-racism classes with Michelle Cassandra Johnson and Resmaa Menakem as well as with the Yoga is Dead podcast founders Tejal and Jesal and others learning more about appropriation and decolonizing our practices. Beyond these live courses I have also been listening to teachers, authors and voices that are teaching me new ways to ensure our studio continues to offer with integrity and appreciation of our practices and engages in inclusive language and acknowledgement of bodies of culture.
In the hopes that we will indeed open once again, we will strive to make Be Moved Studio a ‘brave space’. We will join together in community agreements for practicing in our studio that will change and grow with your input. We will continue to strive to make our studio a welcome space for our LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC students, teachers and leaders. We will educate our teachers on the decolonization of our practices and the use of inclusive languaging. We will continue and expand our outreach affiliations and free offerings in the Lawrence community. I am dedicated to diversifying our staff and offerings to reflect our mission as a true sanctuary of movement.
Invitation to Brave Space
Written by Micky ScottBey Jones
Together we will create brave space.
Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” —
We exist in the real world.
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space
We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,
We call each other to more truth and love.
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.
We will not be perfect.
This space will not be perfect.
It will not always be what we wish it to be.
It will be our brave space together,
We will work on it side by side.
And with all this attention to the studio I only danced a handful of times in 2020 since we closed. Even with all this study, walking and the gardening in summer I found myself unable to dance. I truly lost this practice of over 20 years that literally changed my life. But something happened over the New Year. As 2020 shifted to 2021 for 24 hours around the globe I felt on a cellular level a wave of hope that moved across the planet. That wave inspired me to make a playlist for myself and I have danced each day to this medicine. And from this inspiration, came an idea of an offering to those of you that wish to continue or return to your practice, to this discipline that has held you for so many years.
IT TAKES DISCIPLINE TO BE A FREE SPIRIT ~GABRIELLE ROTH
Do you want to deepen your dance practice at home? Do you want to move through the trauma of isolation or simply find a way to move your body again? Do you want to devote time to dive into your present moment and let the rest fall away?
We all know how it feels to turn on the record and dance about ~it is a fun way to lighten up, warm up and perhaps uplift the spirit. I want to offer you an alternative-a 5Rhythms practice that is designed just for you to move through with Intention and Attention.
When you sign up, I will gently gather a glimpse of information from you through a short questionnaire from which I will compose a personal intuitive playlist for your daily practice. This may be a one-time playlist or a subscription with a 3-month minimum of either monthly or bimonthly playlists that are tailored specifically for you.
You will be able to choose the duration of your practice from 30 minutes to 60 min. You will be sent your personal link to Mixcloud where the playlist will exist only for you. You will also have access to the written playlist if you wish to purchase these tracks from you favorite stores to support the artists or discover more of their work if you find an artist you love.
Just like in Sweat Your Prayers and Waves classes, I play what I intuit is the right medicine track at the right time; not what I think you like the best! Sometimes the best work to move through is the’ I hate this song’ dance. Sometimes, that hate moves beyond the song to the knee where it lives. Sometimes that knee is really holding in a deep sadness. And each repetition of the practice brings a new insight, a deeper release.
I have been offering one-on–one sessions for many years, which I charge $108 an hour.
For a limited time, Intentional and Intuitive 5Rhythms Playlists will be offered as:
1) One time playlist for only $45
2) One playlist per month subscription $35 (3 month minimum)
3) Two playlist per month $60 (3 month minimum)
As a free Mixcloud listener not subscribed directly to a creator channel with Mixcloud Select, you are able to listen to a single show 3 times within a rolling 14 day period. If you wish to have unlimited plays as well as access all the members only playlists you can subscribe to my Mixcloud channel for $5 per month ($4 of which goes directly toward artists).
I deeply wish to continue to support your 5rhythms practice in a meaningful way. This practice has changed my life in such profound ways and nothing brings me to my knees then to be able to play music for you and to see the beauty in your dances. Until that day we dance together in the same room again, I hope I can be of service offering these personalized playlists to assist your practice.
I will only be offering a limited amount of subscriptions so please sign up today.