Long before I found SuryaSoul®, a conscious, embodied dance practice, I found its creators, Philippe Beaufour and Sabine Zweig. As one-time Nia trainers, they had come to Houston to present Nia workshops and dance classes. Upon meeting them, I was instantly drawn to their open friendliness, warmth, generosity, compassion and absolute, iron-clad passion for dance. They radiated enthusiasm, peace and internal joy.
Months later, I journeyed to Auroville, India, to attend their signature retreat based on the Chakra system, sustainable living, unity and group dance. I returned home with new knowledge, a happy heart and life-long friends!
Five years on, Sabine and Philippe have found a way to bring into form the philosophies, life lessons and practices that define them. They gave this new system a name, SuryaSoul®. In September, I became one of two U.S. based, SuryaSoul soma certified teachers.
Grounded in the Chakra system (the body’s seven energy fields), and the philosophies of integral Yoga and Tao, SuryaSoul is a dance practice that features music from around the world, designed to resonate deeply with each individual. Each SuryaSoul experience for me is a unique expression of both my symbolic heart and the group’s collective spirit. It replenishes me and activates my body even as I connect energetically to those around me.
It is in that spirit that I joyfully present an introductory class and invite you to experience SuryaSoul® first hand as I bring this beautiful practice to Houston, Sunday, Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Studio NiaMoves. The class is free, but donations are welcome for the studio’s mural project. Register early. SuryaSoul® is perfect for all movement practitioners - Nia, Yoga, Martial Arts, ecstatic dancers. No experience needed! Anyone can do it!
Surya means sun in Sanskrit. Let your soul shine Nov. 5 at Studio NiaMoves!
- Blog post by Yvonne Myles, Nia Black Belt Instructor, SuryaSoul® Soma Teacher