For as long as I remember, I have been shy and anxious to speak out loud, speak my truth, show myself through my voice. I would hide in myself as soon as the fire reached my cheeks in a turbulent red. I can still feel blocked when it comes to finding words and sharing my thoughts and feelings through them.
Old wounds as so to speak. It took me some time to realize that blocking my voice caused the tightness I sensed in my chest and upper belly and my shallow breathing and states of anxiety and emotional tension.
Fast forward, I now go live on Facebook in a language that is not even my mother tongue. Daily I get to listen to my voice and the words I choose when I offer Feldenkrais somatic movement play, NIA, and Somatic movement creativity online. I celebrate this new step with joy, more confidence, more breath, and resonant spaces in my chest, belly, and bones. And certainly more courage to authentically dance play myself into the light and help other people to step into theirs.
It was so relieving and opening for everybody who did the miniseries in my FB group that it inspired me to work this series out in an online retreat. My own zest and curiosity to explore my voice, being my guidance to explore the body’s sound-system, our potential for more ease, range, and freedom in expressing and breathing. The emotional patterns that repress our sound, and the beliefs we hold about our voice and self-image.