"I enjoyed Gurdjieff Movements with Sati and I kept coming back because of the element of surprise and how good it made me feel. The movement kept me centered and I could never expect what was going to happen. I enjoyed it very much." Keren, Israel
Gurdjieff Sacred Dances
Harmonization of the body, mind and the heart
G. I. Gurdjieff was an Armenian mystic and a composer of the last century. In his adventurous journeys across the Orient he collected dances and music from ancient traditions and temples; which inspired him to create his sets of Sacred Dances. Gurdjieff's aim was to assist in harmonious development of man by combining mind and feelings with the movement of the body, and manifesting them together.
Each of our daily habitual movements, voluntary or involuntary, is an unconscious transition from one automatic posture to another automatic posture, accompanied by an automatic thinking process. Gurdjieff Sacred Dances are helping us to break this cycle of automatism. By taking new, unaccustomed postures we can observe ourselves from inside and understand better functioning of three centers: moving, emotional and intellectual.
Gurdjieff Sacred Dances are practiced as a centering and awareness exercises, the movements activates body meridians, enhance body circulation and work with coordination and integration of different parts of the body. We learn that the quality of the movement comes from stillness within.
Gurdjieff Sacred Dances speak a language that our intellect cannot understand well but to which the body is sensitive.
The movements practice is accompanied by an original piano music especially composed for each movement by G.I. Gurdjieff and Thomas De Hartmann.
"Sati is a great space holder - her enthusiasm for the dance came across throughout the workshop, which was a big help as the work can be at times challenging. But there is a great sense of accomplishment once the movements start to become less of an effort and flow themselves. In the cycle of frustration and accomplishment happens some kind of neural reconfiguring, something that can't be explained starts to happen to right-left brain connections and coordination and the body starts to function more as a balanced unit. All in all I definitely recommend the work for anyone who enjoys exploring body-mind connections and nudging their comfort zones in a playful way. Oh, and the music is nice and soothing also." Mark Donohoe, Ireland