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Ground Your Spirituality in Your Body

Broadcast on June 29, 2023
With Banafsheh Sayyad
Hosted by James Twyman

According to Banafsheh Sayyad, many of us are weak in the principles of grounding, belonging, and interconnectedness — due to our patriarchal system based on the severance of humans from the Earth, our bodies, and the feminine principle. Spirit is considered superior to matter, heaven greater than Earth, and the soul, superior to the body. We all carry the wounds of this severance and are called to heal them through consciously reclaiming the sacredness of living in a body as part of the Earth and our interconnectedness.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • A profound appreciation of the physical body as truly limitless
  • A visceral sense of how important it is to ground and center yourself, especially in the turbulent times we live in today
  • Simple ways you can ground and center yourself in peace
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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