Path of the Dancer 1.0
13 hours of downloadable sessions
Unlimited access to audio + video content
All poetry + full music set lists included
Let’s dance the joy and the pain both. Dance to get real and dance to fly.
Let’s dance to embrace ourselves, embrace others and embrace what is. Root lovingly in the Earth on The Path of the Dancer and find your center while building resilience through your nervous system to respond to life’s ups and downs with grace.
Will you join me in uncovering the secrets of dance to live your full potential?
Inside Path of the Dancer
What does it mean to dance consciously in these times of chaos and uncertainty? Join me to explore the power and the gift of dance to transform your neurobiology, free yourself of the old stories that keep you in limitation so you can infuse yourself with the energy of the infinite, of possibility, of love, and channel this energy to where there is a need whether it is in yourself or for someone else, the environment or conditions around us.
Path of the Dancer is a transformational journey into self-realization through embodiment and creativity with over 13 hours of self-paced sacred arts curriculum from the Dance of Oneness®: a fusion of Flamenco, Persian Dance, Middle Eastern Tribal Dances, Sama (whirling), Tai Chi, Sufi teachings, Sacred Feminine Wisdom and moving with deep awareness of the pathways of energy in the body, including the Chakras and Meridians.
The dance will initiate you into the wisdom of your body, integrating and unifying the myriad of fragments within you into a conscious coherence.
Forever transformed, you will have a deep sense of belonging, well-being and wholeness in your own skin.
In this unique and accessible immersion, Banafsheh offers to the dancer in us all immediately applicable and empirically proven tools of embodiment and dance, ancient wisdom and profound mysticism to use in our daily lives. She eloquently weaves in present day discoveries and research in quantum physics and neuroscience from the West with roots steeped in wisdom teachings from the East, including the mystical poetry of Rumi, Rabia, Kabir, Khayyam, and others.
You can join this 4-Module video course from your home sanctuary. The sessions will delight and empower you if you love to move, as an accessible embodiment tool to ground and center yourself in these chaotic times, and become more conscious, joyful and energized. Trained dancers, psychotherapists, yoga instructors and other movement practitioners will discover opportunities to deepen their personal and professional skills.
Each of the modules builds upon the simple and sacred foundational principles of Dance of Oneness®.
- Learn how to SELF-REGULATE your own nervous system through simple tools of embodiment and WELL-BEING
- Activate the power of the dance to ground yourself in PEACE and become PASSIONATELY ALIVE and LOVING
- Transform your HEALTH through movement based in modern neuroscience and wisdom traditions proven throughout the ages
- Experience the capacity to hold both devastation and deliverance, witnessing the sorrow, pain and injustices of the world with COMPASSION, opening yourself to JOY, BEAUTY, GOODNESS and TRUTH
- Cultivate a TRUE SENSE OF BELONGING in your own skin and DEEP LISTENING to your body wisdom
Course Audience: This immersion is suitable for ALL who love to move, all genders and age groups as an immediately accessible embodiment tool to ground and center yourself and become more conscious, joyful and energized. In addition, this course offers trained dancers, psychotherapists, yoga instructors, creative arts therapists and other movement practitioners the opportunity to deepen their professional skills.
Certification: This Immersion is a foundational Dance of Oneness® course and fulfills 13 hours as a prerequisite for the 200-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.
MODULE I: Grounded Flight
We begin our Path of the Dancer Immersion in reverence to life and cultivating kindness to ourselves and others as the main technique of this dance form. In this Module, we explore 2 fundamental principles of Dance of Oneness®: 1. Ground and root lovingly in the Earth. 2. Experience our body as a channel. Both principles are about surrendering the idea that we are separate from the Earth and from Spirit, the all encompassing energy that permeates the entire universe, and need to rely on our own individual power in order to act. The dance reveals to us that the more we release our sense of separateness and connect with the Earth and the more we open and allow Spirit or energy to move in us and through us, the more we access power and strength and the freer we feel, less taken we are by challenges in our life. This Module leaves us with a transformational experience of letting go of what is not serving us and a renewed dedication to our freedom and creativity.
MODULE II: Center in Sovereignty
In this empowering Module, we continue to build on the fundamental grounding techniques and begin cultivating a deep presence and sense of balance, ease and comfort in our own skin. This foundation becomes our base for accessing our core. The more we feel self-worth and embrace ourselves exactly as we are, the more we can access our core, our center and cultivate a true sense of sovereignty in our body and transform what doesn’t serve us and the greater through us. In this Module, we learn another fundamental principle of Dance of Oneness®: Let your movements emanate from your center.
MODULE III: Blossom and Open Your Heart
This mystical and enlivening Module anchors us in our heart and connects us deeply to the energy of gratitude. Building on the deep yet invigorating journey of the 2 previous Modules, we open our heart, the gateway to the infinite and ignite the power of love through moving in sacred geometric shapes and patterns: circles, waves and weaves. Banafsheh guides us into the sacred geometry of our body as we dance the infinity symbol to life and integrate our body, heart and mind into a harmonious resonance. In this Module, Banafsheh also leads us into heart coherence meditation as well as a movement sequences leading us into experiencing the toroidal field of our body bringing us absolute bliss!
Module IV: Step into Beauty as a Dancing Creator
In this final Module, we learn the sacred dance of Sama (whirling) and enter into the spin that is more and more understood as the fundamental dynamics of everything in the universe. We also explore moving in spirals and dancing with veils. The practices in this Module open us to how have the power in every moment to choose how we feel and how we show up in the world. Our choices matter in our own life and in the lives we affect all around us. The practices remind us of the sanctity of life and inspire us to “let the beauty we love be what we do” (Rumi) and reignite our dedication to creating beauty through loving and listening to the intuitive wisdom of our body temple. We review the simple and accessible wisdom tools cultivated throughout this Immersion and how to apply the skills we cultivated through the Path of the Dancer to the Path of our Everyday Life, so we can live our life as a sacred dance – thrilling, illuminating, compassionate, loving and of service to Beauty, Truth and Goodness.
What People Are Saying about this Immersion
Path of the Dancer was incredible and it assisted me in expanding my heart love in ways that were perfect at this time of the Pandemic. It was and is a wonderful way to embody the love that WE ARE so that we can remind the world of who they are so that we can all Dance in Oneness and for all to BE THAT. I am deeply grateful for Banafsheh’s vision and truth and sharing this with so many.Susan Beayni, Canada
This Immersion has transformed my life in the best ways. I used to be a social dancer many years ago and dance used to be a great part of my life. After going through a dark night of the soul, I found that I stopped dancing and I didn’t know if I ever would again. Coming across Banafsheh and her work inspired me to begin again, and so I did! Now, after much uncertainty, I am dancing regularly again and it is all thanks to her classes. Her classes bring with them the gift of balance of both yin and yang energy. In a world which has lost its balance, her classes and approach are extraordinary and so needed on our precious Earth today. Thank you, dear Banafsheh, I am eternally grateful and hope to continue dancing with you for a long time to come.Rose Siger, Canada
Opening the gateways of Love in my body through the transmission of feminine grace, power and pure joy! This dance is a home-coming to my soul. I feel different after the sessions. Taller, more noble in bearing, more steady in my feet, more fluid in my joints, more toned in my belly, more in love with being human in a woman’s body!Christa Ray, USA
Benefits of this Immersion
Getting in shape
Feeling energized and unlimited
Connecting with a sense of joy independent of external or internal conditions
Aliveness and a sense of joy rooted in peace
Discovering sacred sensuality as a key to embodiment
Circulation of energy in your whole body
Elevating your state
Boosting immunity and well-being
Healing body aches and developing the ability to heal many kinds of ailments
Reducing stress and feeling peaceful
Cultivating resiliency and adaptability
Integrating heart, mind and body and creating coherence
How the Virtual Immersion Works
- This Immersion consists of 4 Modules totaling thirteen 60-minute video sessions.
- You will own the Immersion content forever and can access it at any time you wish.
- You can follow the Modules at a pace and schedule convenient for you.
- You can download the referenced poetry, quotes and the music list.
- Read Health Disclaimer here.
How to Prepare for the Immersion
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Banafsheh Sayyad is a master Persian sacred dancer, choreographer and founder of Dance of Oneness®. She is a deeply profound and highly accessible spiritual teacher of embodiment. Banafsheh performs and teaches internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. She inspires all to live in these modern times grounded in love for the Earth and centered around our abiding true nature. Her signature style of holy wildness infused with ancient wisdom ignites transformation and illumination in all those who dance with her from around the globe. Banafsheh invites the dancer within to remember, reclaim and resource the innate healing intelligence streaming through us and spiraling all around us. Her easeful instruction and welcoming spirit empowers students from all stages of life to feel a true sense of belonging in their bodies and passion in their lives, by integrating wisdom teachings proven throughout the ages.
Banafsheh’s life work and modality, Dance of Oneness®, is rooted in the neuroscience of embodiment as a spiritual path. Fusing 3 dimensions of the art of dance, rigorous technique and self-expression; wisdom teachings; and healing, Dance of Oneness® offers dancers the tools to consciously live their fullest potential by loving and listening to the intuitive wisdom of their body. Dance of Oneness® is a transformational sacred art of self-expression and self-revelation, accessible to all.
With a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from UCLA and a Masters in Chinese Medicine, Banafsheh is dedicated to individual and collective healing through conscious dance. Her award-winning work has been presented in North America, Europe and Australia. Her dance film, In the Fire of Grace traces Rumi’s journey of the soul in dance. She is among the few bearers of authentic Persian dance in the world and a pioneer in creating a liberated feminine expression in the Sufi dance genre.
Currently based in Topanga, California, Banafsheh performs and teaches across North America, Europe at well known centers such as Esalen Institute in California, Omega Institute, and Menla Center in New York, Kripalu, Rowe Center in Massachusetts, Hollyhock in Canada, Chartres Academy in France, Schweibenalp Center of Unity, and Waldhaus in Switzerland, as well as centers in Turkey among other countries.
Banafsheh is one of the only dance artists who has mastered a fusion of high level dance technique with accessible spiritual embodiment. She has inspired many dancers and choreographers who have followed in her dance steps. As Deepak Chopra shares, “Banafsheh is one of the greatest sacred dancers I have seen.”