The Dragon Dance

A Dynamic Daoist/ Indian Fusion Flow

 

is a vivacious practice - and has a mythic symbolism

 

The practice itself follows a flowing, repetitive structure. Each breath to be one movement as in Thai Chi or Qi Gong.

The sequence is repeating always starting with the first movement, adding one more, then skipping to the other side, than repeating from the first movement, second, adding the next and moving to the other side.

This way of sequencing makes it a moving meditation. It challenges the balance, the ability to combine breath and movement, enhances the communication between both hemispheres and the awareness of the body moving through time and space.

 

A traditional dragon dance is celebrated in the Chinese culture.

The movements symbolize historic roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. Dragons are believes to bring luck and rain, as their qualities are positive, including power, dignity, fertility and wisdom, although their appearance can be frightening.

 

In the myth of the west the dragon was a symbol of chaos, a god and misanthropic monster destroying sun and moon, holding the fruitful waters. It needed a hero or god to fight the dragon for the earth to arise and sustain.

 

Some psychodynamic and psychoanalytic interpretations see the dragon as a symbol of power and rule, as a personification of the enemy forces that prevent the self from its liberation, a figure of taboos. The fight with the dragon is a symbol in a psychological perspective for the struggle with the “evil” inside and outside the individual.

 

Both visions of the dragon don´ t have to be contradictory, they correspond in a beautiful way. As the negative image urges us to act, the positive one empowers us at the same time. A Dragon Dance creates heat inside, which can be used to burn anything you want.


        every Tuesday regular YinYangYoga Class in Berlin @ Dharma Yoga Berlin 8pm 

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