Shakti in Motion

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:00PM - Sun, 5 Feb 2017 4:00PM
Rs 5000
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“A workshop which helps you, reminds you and teaches you to trust yourself, to understand your inner voice in a fresh and new way. It takes you on a journey to re-discover your raw/ true self.” - Neha, Shakti in Motion participant (2016)

“It was an opportunity to look into myself as a woman. It was refreshing, liberating and empowering. Immense gratitude.” - Himanshi, Shakti in Motion participant (2016)

Shakti in Motion is designed for women, addressing the female spirit and physicality. It is a journey within; a reconnection with our true feminine nature, instincts, physicality, and creativity. Within the framework of 6 sessions spread over three weekends, Shakti in Motion offers an exploration of the self, the body, and the feminine energy within. Explorations will be closely connected to the participants’ daily lives and inner landscapes. We will use this opportunity to understand patterns of movement in the body and mind. Eventually we will discover the beauty of our souls and enjoy a freedom of being.

The workshop is interdisciplinary, consisting of movement, somatic practices, meditations, breathing and voice exercises, and the exploration of our senses. In this context, we let go of physical and mental tensions, rediscover our preferences, creativity, and feminine strength. By relaxing the structures of our bodies (bones, muscles, flesh, and skin) through somatic practices, the mind is given a chance to let go of tension and worries. The workshop aims to support the participants in their journey to self-love, acceptance, and a deeper understanding of themselves. Being in a safe and non-threatening environment, we are able to explore our senses, the connection to our instincts, through Authentic Movement. The power of guided meditations provides a deeper look at our beliefs about life, love and ourself, and an encounter with The Inner Child. While shaking our bodies, vibrating in organic rhythms in movement improvisations and breath and voice exercises, we open ourselves to the full potential of our selves and the abundance of the universe. Throughout the workshop we will hear and talk about The Wild Woman, the mystic feminine spirit which is the source of creation and destruction, creativity, love, end and beginning.

Somatic practices include elements of Feldenkrais and several exercises of body awareness. These practices consist of gentle movements, which are powerful tools to dive deeper into our physicality to strengthening the body-mind-soul connection. Movement practices as well as breathing and voice exercises will shake away any tension and help us forget the world around us. Authentic Movement can lead to encounters with the Inner Child. Guided meditations will give us the opportunity to take a deeper look within and will be related to our daily life, behaviour patterns and core beliefs.

“If you want to know who you are and what it is to be a strong woman and if you want to be aware about your gender then please do the workshop. It's about self-awareness.” - Titas, Shakti in Motion participant (2016)

“We see what these exercises do to our personality and how they affect us and I have never seen women collaborating for their own awareness about their existence.” - Deepika, Shakti in Motion participant (2016)

“We are a powerful community, thanks for reminding us through you and your workshop.” - Sajini, Shakti in Motion participant (2016)

Who should attend this workshop? 

    Women (ages 18 to 100) who:

    • are interested in “soul-searching“ and a soulful living
    • want to explore their emotions and actions
    • are facing struggles in professional and private life
    • are facing pain and unease in their bodies
    • feel that their inner Wild Woman needs to be unleashed
    • want to explore their femininity

    Note: Only women can attend, ages 18+. No movement experience is required!

    Send an email to Shoonya at if you are a professional artist or a student to get a discount on the course price. 

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    About the Facilitator

    About the Facilitator
    Maria Schneiders is a Bangalore-based artist from Germany. She started her dance education in her early childhood and has ten years experience in teaching dance techniques. Trained in classical ballet, contemporary dance and Urban dance styles, she finds her creative home in the framework of contemporary dance which gives her the opportunity to include somatic practices and body awareness. As a choreographer, performer, and teacher it is very important for her to connect art with daily life, continuously aiming for depth, meaning and substance. Shakti in Motion is a developing work and has occupied Maria since August 2016. Being on a spiritual journey herself, she is sharing her explorations on a heart-to-heart basis with the participants.


    About Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices

    About Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices
    A space to learn, explore, and experience - Shoonya is a non-profit platform for art and somatic practices located in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road. A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, Shoonya is designed for people of different artistic disciplines and somatic practices to create, connect, and collaborate. Broaden your horizons, or escape them, through community classes, workshops, performances, film screenings, discussion forums, and more.


    Map & Directions

    Map & Directions
    Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, #37 Lal Bagh Road (On the left side, before Lal Bagh Passport Office) Bangalore 560027 Bangalore India 560027
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