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Madhavi tries something new // Hula dance – the language of the heart

16. November 2018
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In September, I went to California to study with Guru Jagat at Camp Grace – part of the Immense Grace Program, which I’m participating in right now. It was a wonderful experience – deeply enriching and invigorating.

Camp Grace was a women’s-only retreat. We laughed a lot, meditated like crazy and danced our hearts out.

When we were informed one evening that we’d be taking a Hula dance lesson the next morning, as it would do all of us good to twirl our hips a bit, I wasn’t thrilled. Still, there I was the next day, bright and early in the shala after sadhana in my best disco outfit and ready to dance with a hula hoop. I was in for a surprise.

On stage was a graceful, vigorous woman with flowing hair and radiant eyes. Her name: Karyne Daniels. She moved like liquid and was all about teaching us the Hula dance.

Hula – language of the heart

The Hula hails from Hawaii and is related to other traditional Polynesian dance forms. Hula tells stories through movement in a breathtakingly graceful and sensuous way. Some say that ‘Hula is the language of the heart and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.’

Honestly, I felt more like a stick of broccoli when we started. Not that I can’t dance – but the Hula was a whole other number. I was the one in ballet class back in the day who stomped off to the left while the class elegantly pranced to the right. I can’t seem to remember choreography – it takes me forever and somehow just won’t stick.

Still, a couple rounds of Hula later and I was hooked. I was swinging my arms up high, making enchanting, rippling movements with my hands (hello Vajana), circling my hips a bit awkwardly and singing ‘I am the child of this universe’ all the while.

The next day, we continued working on our choreography. I felt much more solid and was having so much fun – the movements already more fluid and feminine. Of course, I was still a far cry from Karyne, but she lives in Hawaii and has been dancing and teaching the Hula forever.

Hula touches the soul

The first time I finished our dance without stomping on my neighbor’s feet, I was thrilled to have tried something new. That’s what this was all about, for me: to open myself for a new experience – letting go of inhibitions and making the best of it. I mean, I could have just stayed in bed.

What can I say – I fell in love with Hula after these first few lessons. So much so, that I’ve started to look for a course here in Berlin, to continue my learning. Hula represents connection to the universe, to all of creation – bottom line: it’s fantastic.

Hula helped me to connect with something that moved me deeply. Something tender, soft, vulnerable and still incredibly powerful. I think it was my heart……

#staytrue

Madhavi Guemoes
At the age of 15, Madhavi Guemoes thought that she understood life completely, only to realize 25 years later that this is impossible. She is a freelance writer and full-time blogger in Berlin and the mother of two children. When she’s not pounding the keys, she’s trying to stand on her head. Madhavi has been practicing Yoga for over 25 years – which actually doesn’t mean anything.
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