Sacred Dance to Transform Trauma and Open to the Divine

Dance to open yourself to Source energy, align with your authenticity, and transform your emotional, mental, and physical pain and sorrows into freedom…

Reconnecting with your body’s divinity, wisdom, and capacity for creating personal and collective change.

Explore the Sufi path of living love through a guided dance practice that harnesses the power of presence and your body’s own ability to track and free blocks… and unleash joy.

What You'll Learn During “Sacred Dance for Personal & Collective Freedom”

What does freedom feel like to you?

Do you feel joyful, at ease, energized, and confident in your body… and know how to work with your body, mind, and spirit as they are right now to live your best life?

Does the light of your soul fuel your health, thoughts, and expression with grounded, passionate presence… and do you know how to rebalance yourself through the wisdom of your body during times of mental or emotional overwhelm?

While we all yearn to feel free, most of us have been unnaturally conditioned to expect and live within some form of limitation — whether it concerns our bodies, health, careers, relationships, dreams, or the inherent right to self-direct our lives…

As a result, we’ve been cut off not only from the Source of life, but also what matters most to us, our optimal health, and our true selves and purpose — attuning instead to a restrictive version of who we are meant to be.

This oppression and repression is the root cause of much of our emotional, mental, and physical pain and illness, says Banafsheh Sayyad, an acclaimed embodiment teacher and sacred dancer.

She teaches that dance can realign us with our true unlimitedness, and what’s possible for our health, wellbeing, spiritual development, and lives… emboldening our authenticity and sovereignty as the true revolutionary acts that they are.

In joining this free online event with Banafsheh, you’ll explore sacred dance as a path to freedom and a potent technology for unlocking your body’s innate ability to transform emotional, mental, and physical burdens and blocks into vibrant health, expansiveness, and aliveness.

Banafsheh teaches that any infringement upon our freedom can be traced to the health of our bodies. Muscular and joint pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and system constrictions of any kind are just some of the ailments that can arise when we are stifled or silenced — whether self-inflicted or forced upon us by larger power paradigms.

A lack of self-sovereignty also disconnects us from our innate connection to the Divine, or as Banafsheh teaches, the Beloved… as well as to our greater selves and purpose.

Class Topics for “Sacred Dance for Personal & Collective Freedom”

She’ll share how dance can reconnect us and teach us how to hold the joys and sorrows of life in a strong, compassionate, and wide-open heart, empowering the love and goodness that connects us all as we ground ourselves in the joy of being alive.

During the event, you’ll experience this ecstatic connection for yourself during a guided dance practice that harnesses the power of presence and your body’s ability to track and free blocks… and unleash the joy that is buried beneath the stress, tension, and trauma of modern living.

In this empowering online event, you’ll:

  • Experience dance as a fierce yet tender expression of freedom and activism — and a powerful ally to personal and social change
  • Learn how Sama, the sacred whirling dance, can alchemize inner and outer chaos as you shift into the stillness, purity, and higher truth of your innate energetic state — the same state of your whirling atoms
  • Be guided in a dance practice that harnesses the power of presence and your body’s own ability to track and free blocks — and unleash joy
  • Explore sacred dance as a revolutionary act of embodiment, sovereignty, and love
  • Discover why patriarchal systems and totalitarian regimes are so threatened by the power of dance — and how one women-led movement is countering this oppression through fearless self-expression

You’ll discover how entering the same whirling state as your atoms and the Universe through Sama, the sacred whirling dance, can help you alchemize inner and outer chaos as you dissolve into the stillness and truth of higher consciousness.

Banafsheh will also share how our individual blocks tend to reflect larger power-driven imbalances in our world… as is the case in Iran, her motherland, where the basic human rights of millions hinge on the brutality and insidiousness of a heartless and power-hungry regime.

There, in the thicket of oppression where women endure the unimaginable for any form of self-expression, the world’s first women-led revolution fueled by the slogan — Woman, Life, Freedom — was born and has inspired the world with the reminder of what we can do when we stand together for freedom…

… unafraid to speak and dance truth, honoring the divinity of our bodies, and standing for a just and equitable world — all while remaining aligned to what we love.

Banafsheh’s healing modality, Dance of Oneness®, combines freestyle and guided dance such as Flamenco, Persian dance, and whirling, with the teachings of the Tao, the Sufi path of living love, the Divine Feminine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine and chakra work to initiate us into the wisdom, beauty, mysticism, and spirituality of our bodies.

About Your Teacher – Banafsheh Sayyad

Banafsheh Sayyad HeadshotBanafsheh Sayyad is a Persian master sacred dancer, choreographer, acupuncturist, transformational teacher, activist, and the founder of Dance of Oneness®. A deeply profound and highly accessible spiritual teacher of embodiment, Banafsheh performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. Her signature style of holy wildness infused with ancient wisdom activates transformation and illumination in all those who watch and dance with her from around the globe.

Banafsheh invites the dancer within to remember, reclaim, and resource the innate healing intelligence spiraling in us and all around us. Her easeful instruction and welcoming spirit empower students to feel a true sense of belonging in their bodies. Students experience more passion in their lives by integrating wisdom teachings from throughout the ages.

She is among the few virtuosos of authentic Persian dance in the world, and a pioneer in creating a liberated feminine expression in the Sufi dance genre, previously performed only by men. Her modality, Dance of Oneness®, is a spiritual path and a science of embodiment. It is a fusion of three dimensions, including healing, wisdom teachings, and the rigorous technique and self-expression of the art of dance.

Banafsheh has a master’s degree in dance and choreography from UCLA and a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her award-winning work has been presented throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Her dance film, In the Fire of Grace, with Andrew Harvey, traces Rumi’s journey of the soul in dance.

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Apr 15 2023


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 15 2023
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