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Transmute Difficult Emotions Through Dance

Broadcast on June 05, 2023
With Banafsheh Sayyad
Hosted by Simon Borg-Olivier

Dance can give you the capacity to not only withstand emotional difficulties and challenges with grace, but also to process them. According to Banafsheh Sayyad, you can access an expanded state of being that allows you to tune into a perspective that is greater than the difficulty, enabling you to transmute challenges into wisdom and compassion. After all, challenges are nothing more than opportunities for growth and spiritual evolution.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The power of dance to help you withstand and process difficult emotions
  • How being present in the body helps you live with more joy and fulfillment
  • An experiential practice to become present and more at ease in your body — by tuning in to your heart and its transformative work
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Banafsheh Sayyad

Sacred Dancer, Choreographer & Founder of Dance of Oneness®

Banafsheh Sayyad is a Persian master sacred dancer, choreographer, acupuncturist, transformational teacher, activist, and 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 both 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.

Banafsheh Sayyad