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Healing Dance 1 with Ashaman

December 17 - December 22

A 6-day course, on the surface only.

Healing Dance 1 constitutes a paradigm shift for the student of aquatic bodywork. It sees the body as at home in the water and hydrodynamic in its form, healing in the flow of movement. It understands the psyche as needing not only nurture and closeness, but space, freedom and acceptance of self-expression, as well. More than anything else, Healing Dance 1 is the wave. In addition to seven full-body waves, the sequence encompasses various circles, figure eights and releases, all balanced by the stillness of positional sanctuaries, and woven together with flowing transitions.


The study of body mechanics extends beyond the familiar Horse and Warrior Stances to include different walking patterns that allow traveling across the pool. Healing Dance principles are discussed on land and practiced in the water. These include moving by example, creative imbalance, the rhythmic field and dosing movement. Finally, you are introduced to Relating and Mirroring, the goal of all technical study, the art of sensitively accompanying the movement impulses and unwinding of receivers. A written and photo manual are provided and an MP4 of the sequence is made available.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Healing Dance or Watsu 1.

Credits: Healing Dance 1 is recognized by WABA (Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association) and gives 50 hours of credit for registration with WABA and Watsu India.



I have been dancing and healing in the water since my first training with Alexander in 1999, when I discovered an altogether unexpected love for aquatic bodywork. I realized that I could apply postural movement awareness from martial art to this unique shared therapeutic dance in warm water, and the fluidity and dynamic grace inherent in aquatic bodywork immediately touched my center. Integrating my passions for body awareness, enhanced consciousness through movement, and relating, I studied most of the prominent aquatic modalities, and in 2005 was among the early few certified to teach Healing Dance by Alexander. Since then I continue to immensely enjoy leading Healing Dance trainings in the United States, Europe, Israel and India. I am currently one of a small handful of instructors who certify Healing Dance Surface practitioners. I teach the Introduction to Healing Dance, Healing Dance 1 & 2, Relating & Mirroring, Healing Dance Underwater Basics, and the 50 hr underwater course Shape & Space.

In addition to my experience in the water I am a very active father of a 3 ½ year old son, have practiced and taught Eastern and Western bodywork for over 20 years, am fascinated with breath and the martial arts, instruct sustainable movement and fitness practices, have worked as a climbing arborist in the tall trees of Hawaii and am a dedicated student of the classical & flamenco guitar… and I look forward to meeting you in the water!

Timings: 8.45 am – 6.30 pm

Price: ₹ 34,950 (lunch included)

Please read the General Information before you apply for this course.


December 17
December 22
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