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"Shake those Chakras"

Article featured in "Scenestealer Magazine":
Friday, April 13th, 2001, Hong Kong


Shake Those Chakras
High on Life: Antara comes to Hong Kong to show us all how to mix ecstasy with dance... naturally and legally! Antara and drumming collective Djembe Massive bring dance therapy to uptight city folks who need it.

By Claire Tyrrell

Dance floor funksters who have popped too many pills, aching office workers that need a good stretch, menopausal ladies and stressed out bankers alike will be delighted to hear that a dance priestess will soon we in town to get us dancing into new realms of ecstasy.

Brought out by First Planet (a new artistic venture you will be hearing a lot more about in the coming months,) Antara will be hosting workshops at the Fringe Club, where she will share with us weary Hong Kongers 'The Chakra Journey: A Contemporary Shamanic Transformational Dance Ritual'.

Don't be too freaked out. Talking to her down the phone line was enough to dispel any worries of witchcraft. "I studied Dance Therapy at University, but I'm coming at this from a new angle," explains the Australian from her home in Byron Bay. When I asked her to define the role of priestess, she said a priestess is an archetypal expression someone who can facilitate others to directly connect to God, to the source of spirit. I facilitate a space to guide people through breathing, to consciously learn to connect through energy to open up the spirit. "There has been a lot of research lately," she adds, "where people are understanding that we storing more traumatic, non-verbal memories in the body. My work creates a safe space for people to have that releases valve.

Worrying images of enraged housewives and traumatized brokers beating at the walls flash into our minds. "It's not a scene of everyone raging out their anger" Antara laughs. "Just to open and up have a release. When you open to that flow, you experience a natural clearing and when that clearing happens the natural follow on from that is ecstasy- meaning an embodied state of cellular bliss."

Drawing on ancient energy traditions of India and Egypt, the dancing the dancing will be centered around the chakras, or energy spots on the body. Using the drumming skills of local rhythm kings Djembe Massive, Antara will lead the group through a series of moves. "We do different breath techniques, that activate the energy of the chakra, then I inspire a dance to embody the energy of that chakra," she explains. "The dance of the earth chakra is very solid rooted and strong. It is one of high-powered legs. A lot of anger gets stored in the legs; I inspire people to shake out that anger. Then the second chakra is water it is related to our sexuality. It is very fluid. It gets you flowing in your hips, getting the energy flowing into all the vital reproductive organs. People will go into beautiful expressive dances with that chakra," she adds.

Fusing different styles of dance, Antara promises a more complete experience for the city dweller of the new millennium. "From a traditional perspective there isn't any culture that dances every chakra", she explains. "The dance for the base chakra looks very African and if you look at that culture, that whole continent is really dealing with the fundamental issues of survival. They are a very physical people. The dance of the second chakra is like belly dancing. The third chakra, the solar plexus is the warrior dance. You can see it in the Maoris and the ancient Mayans. "What I am inspiring", she concludes "is the dance of the 21st century, the dance of every chakra. We are coming to a point in our evolution where we can embrace our whole being."

If you're scared that embracing could be somewhat embarrassing, fret not, blindfolds will be handed out. And any way as Brett Elliot, the man behind first planet emphasizes, "Antara creates a very special space where the most mature thing to be is uninhibited." The enigmatic, and utterly eccentric character, whom you may have spotted fire dancing at the Sevens, remises about his first experience at one of her workshops in Sydney, Australia: "I'd just come from Hong Kong with all that frazzled electrical energy that the city fills you with, and stepped into her workshop the day that I landed. It was a phenomenal experience. And the opportunity to be able to introduce that experience to Hong Kong is really powerful."

Taking place alongside First Planet's Launch night at Queens on April 19th, this is their plan to, amongst other things, advance Hong Kongs dance culture. "Looking at it from a sociological perspective" Elliot remarks, millions of young people all over the world are going to clubs and jumping around for 48 hours. The central question is 'what's going on!' In all that thrashing, I think what people are trying to do is clear all the static madness from their week, and well, trying to heal themselves".

There will be a free introduction to the Chakra Journey on April 19th, and the 8-hour workshop will take place April 21st and April 28th from 10am-5pm, $1500, and $2500 with a private session. Fringe Club Studio, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central. A special bilingual (English and Cantonese) 3 day workshop, comprising a three day nine hour journey on April 23,24 &27($1800). Private sessions also available. For info and bookings contact Brett at 9329-9693, www.firstplanet.netk


- SceneStealer Magazine - Honkong


"Muscle and Meditation"

by Wendy McCready

On Friday evening I was able to be part of a Kundalini Dance workshop in Sydney’s Newtown. I arrived a little bit late having had to battle Sydney’s traffic for much longer than I’d estimated and, as a result, I was feeling tired, stressed and irritable. The Kundalini Dance workshop was already underway – I entered a hall that was lit so that it was more reminiscent of a party than a workshop. The lights were dimmed, there were candles at every window and coloured “disco” lights played on the ceiling. A DJ’s desk was at one end of the space and dance music with a strong rhythmic beat was playing loudly. Twenty-five people were dancing vigorously. Antara Decker was in the centre of the room wearing a headset microphone, dressed in white and directing the dance. I felt no hesitation about joining in – the atmosphere was welcoming and comforting.

I should reveal that I am a bit of a dancer. I often start the dancing at parties – and once I’ve started I’ll dance all night. Kundalini Dance is a wonderful opportunity for someone like me. I could dance with abandon and really “let go”. Everyone is dancing – there’s no audience of non-dancers and so no need to feel self-conscious. Feel like throwing your arms around again and again? Go for it. Twirl around in circles again and again? That’s fine. After dancing vigorously for some time, I felt I wanted to bend from the waist and let my upper body just hang and relax completely, and that was fine too.

To me this aspect of Kundalini Dance alone is enough to bring me back again. The physical work-out from dancing for two hours combined with the liberation of dancing unselfconsciously is better than any gym or dance class can give me.

As Antara directed us with different dance styles and breathing for each of the chakras, she would also vocalise tones that resonated with each chakra. This opportunity to sing or express oneself through the voice is a great relief and surely something that people should be doing more often. And, again, with everyone “singing” loudly in a darkened room there is no need to feel self-conscious.

I left for home feeling refreshed, invigorated and happy. The stress-related pain I’d been feeling in my back and neck for weeks had subsided and actually disappeared over the next couple of days.

How Does Kundalini Dance Work?
Kundalini Dance does, however, offer far more than just a physical work-out. The workshop I attended was just an introductory session. With practise, Kundalini Dance can change your life.

Antara explains that the chakras are the body’s energy centres. Each of the seven chakras governs different organs, body parts and specific emotions. Core issues relating to survival, creativity, sexuality, personal power, love, relationships, communication, intuition and spiritual dimensions are all expressed through the chakras.

The chakras are purified by the release of stagnant and repressed emotions or thoughts that have become trapped in the mind and body. The practice of Kundalini Dance allows people to open the body and surrender, to let go of emotional stress and tension. This creates a sense of expansion, personal freedom and inner peace. The practice leaves one feeling cleansed, positive and energised.

What are people looking for from Kundalini Dance?
Antara likens the experience to shedding skin. Kundalini Dance allows people to be true to themselves and lets them just be in their bodies, they can cleanse, clear and energise. Just being in our bodies can stop the mental and emotional loops, the habitual behaviours and thoughts that prevent us from moving on in our lives.

Many dancers attending eight-week Kundalini Dance courses make life-changing decisions over that period. Some get out of dysfunctional relationships, while others make big career moves or business decisions. Antara stresses that while some marriages and relationships have broken down, many have been improved and energised through the experience of Kundalini Dance. Many women report improved sex lives as they are more in touch with their needs and their body.

As many physical problems are manifestations of emotional pain, some people come with specific health problems that they want to address. Antara gave the example of a woman who had pain in her upper abdomen/solar plexus. Over a weekend’s Kundalini Dance “intensive” course it become apparent that the pain was the expression of anger she felt for her ex-husband. The woman left the course after the weekend feeling pain free.

Another older man had problems breathing. He’d been in a long-term relationship where both partners had stopped loving one another and shut down emotionally. He worked to release the blockages around his heart and as a result his wheezing and breathing problems eased.

People with depression are sometimes able to come off their anti-depressant medication, other people who haven’t had relationships for years are able to connect again and fall in love.

Many others come looking to cultivate a deeper spiritual understanding in their lives. They use the Kundalini Dance courses as an opportunity to contact the deep source of love within them so they can bring that into daily life.

Antara explains that the intention of this work is to offer people the chance to experience ecstacy using dance as spiritual practice. Ecstacy is an ego-less state of no mind – feeling at one with the universe. The cellular structure of our body carries the “baggage” of our life’s experiences: abuse, traumas, etc. When we feel ecstatic this “baggage” begins to shift from every cell, the cells begins to retrain to love. Love is expansion, fear is contraction.

What are the benefits of Kundalini Dance?
1. Physical – Kundalini Dance relieves stress, leaving the dancer feeling refreshed, revived and euphoric. Stress is stored in tissues and cells, blocking the chakra system. Kundalini Dance sessions clear the blockages to revitalise the body. If stress is not regularly released it causes tension and eventually dysfunction and disease.
2. Emotional – the practice of Kundalini Dance clears emotional energy out of the cells, the organs, the chakras and the energy system. Endorphins are stimulated in the brain, inducing feelings of well-being and even euphoria.
3. Mental – Kundalini Dance can bring insight and clarity. The combination of breath rhythms and movement induce a light state of conscious trance. Ecstatic dance, like meditation, is a vehicle to move you into a state of “no-mind” – a very deep inner stillness – where you access the truth and wisdom within.
4. Spiritual – Kundalini Dance is a direct way to communicate with “the source”, with your essential self. It is through this that we remember who really are. Ecstacy is an ego-less state of “no-mind” where we feel at one with ourselves and the Universe.

Kundalini Dance workshops are open to all – no dance experience is necessary, just a willingness to join in. Dress in comfortable layers of clothing so as you get hot you can strip layers off and layer back up in quiet times. Bring a bottle of water (it’s thirsty work!) and a yoga mat or towel.

Workshops, courses and retreats are planned for Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne in 2004. Phone Antara Decker on 0421 160 841, or email antara@kundalini-dance.com. Visit the website at www.kundalini-dance.com.

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The word Kundalini is derived from a Sanskrit word “Kundal” meaning coiled up. It is used to describe the primordial dormant energy present in the coils at the base of the spine in a bone called the sacrum.

Gyaneshwara, a famous saint of Maharashtra born around 1275 AD, described Kundalini in the 6th Chapter of his famous book “Gyaneshwari”. He wrote: “Kundalini is one of the greatest energies. The whole body of the seeker starts glowing because of the rising of the Kundalini. Because of that, unwanted impurities in the body disappear. The body of the seeker suddenly looks very proportionate and the eyes look bright and attractive and the eyeballs glow.”



- Nature and Health Magazine - Australia


"Kundalini Dance"

Kundalini Dance
A self- healing journey through the chakras

Kundalini Dance is a unique form of ecstatic dance developed and taught by dance – therapist/healer, Antara Decker world wide over the past 11 years. Its roots are in the ancient tantric yogic traditions and dance – movement therapy. Kundalini Dance participants experience the practice to be deeply transformational and totally ecstatic. Antara shares self-healing tools that can be used regularly to help create and maintain health and vitality. The practice can clear old stagnant emotional energy out of the body –mind, release stress, still the mind, brings insight and clarity, open the heart and supports the awakening of higher consciousness.



(Breakout Box?)
Kundalini is an ancient Sanskrit word used to describe an innate inner energy in every human being, it sits in the sacrum, at the base of the spine, unless cultivated remains dormant. Kundalini is prana, essential life - force in a highly potent form. The ancient Indian yogic mystics referred to Kundalini as Shakti, the divine feminine energy within us, which when cultivated was the key to self-realization, health and longevity.

Kundalini dance is an ecstatic dance journey through the chakras. Kundalini dance combines dance movement with rhythmic pranic breathing techniques to express and purify the energy of each chakra. Rhythmic pranic breath quiets the thinking mind, synchronizes brain waves and induces light states of trance conducive to healing and transformation.

When the breath is incorporated with free movement it will shift stagnant and repressed energy and thought - forms that have been held in the body - mind system. When you open the body, surrender and let go of emotional stress and tension and give it up in the dance, it creates an opening, a sense of expansion and inner peace as well as freeing the energy to improve the energy flow to the organs and body parts that the chakras governs, creating improved health, well – being and feelings of ecstatic union with source.

(Breakout Box?)
Ecstasy is a timeless, ego - less state of no mind where our inherent sense of separation dissolves and we feel at one with the whole universe. When we are ecstatic we are whole in body, mind and soul.

Emotional Integration

One of the underlying principles of the Kundalini Dance work is that the mind, body and spirit are interconnected. Thought patterns and emotions are initiated and stored not only in our brains, but also within the cells of our bodies, our organs and our (chakra)energy system.

Within our cells we hold the imprints of all that we have ever experienced in this life. Unexpressed or unintegrated experiences carry strong mental and emotional energy that can become locked in the body as tension, resistance and body armoring.

Emotions are like water, they need to be expressed, when they are allowed to flow through the light pathways of our energy system, they automatically bring balance and harmony. An emotion that is repressed or denied stagnates the life force and blocks our energy system, impeding the flow of life force into the various body -systems and organs causing gradual deterioration and eventually disease. This is why our emotions are so connected to our health. The more you clear your body- mind system of dense emotional energies the more universal energy can flow in. On a physical level, that means more life force energy can flow into the organs and that creates more health and vitality. On a spiritual and emotional level that means freeing your self of the past and feeling lighter, becoming more present, more positive in the now.


Emotional clearing and Integration can take place by allowing feelings to arise with acceptance, feeling and observing – yet not identifying with them. We spend our lives resisting and judging what is, thinking we will be happy when it all looks like an idea of perfection that we have in our mind. Through our resistance to what is, we create our own suffering. Unconditional acceptance of what is, is transformative, spontaneously and instantly. When we unconditionally accept what arises we can directly experience the transformative energy of love. Acceptance and love are one. Any time that we judge our feelings, we contract, literally, in body, mind and heart. Every time we contract there is an opportunity for expansion. Acceptance is the path of expansion, it cultivates our capacity to except all experiences even the painful ones, and when acceptance is the path love and happiness are the inevitable destination.


Direct experience: Practice the art of feeling into whatever emotion arises as it arises, become aware of where it is held the body and breath into it and be present with it totally. Allow your body to move spontaneously in ways that feel fluid and conducive to opening. Fear based emotions, like sadness, grief, anger, jealousy or depression, are experienced in the body as contraction, love is experienced as expansion. Allow your inhalation to fill the space where you feel the contraction, letting go on the exhalation. Watching, accepting yet not identifying with the ever-changing emotional wave, with the story, with the constant chatter of our mind looping in the past and the future. Observing ourselves we remember that we are the watcher not what we are watching. If you are not what you are watching, who are you?

I find using my breath is a powerful tool to bring me back into this present moment, it is when I rest in the now that I find the inner peace to accept all my experiences regardless of appearances. The breath will help me shift my negative emotions and ground my attention back into the truth of love.
Giving me the clarity to see my own limitations, look at what I am creating and change my perceptions in accordance to truth.

The Power of Breath

The breath has the power to affect us deeply, and is a powerful tool for physical rejuvenation, healing and transformation. Breath carries what has been known in Eastern philosophies as prana or chi: vital universal life force. The science of harnessing prana is central to the Kundalini Dance work which once mastered is the key to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well – being.

The key to receiving and maximizing pranic energy is how we intend and focus our breath. Energy flows where attention goes. Pranic Breathing directs both earth energy and universal energy up and down the central energy channel, and we direct it out through the specific chakra we are activating or purifying. Kundalini – shakti is synonomous to earth energy and can be accessed through raising earth energy up through the central energy channel.

Breath is like the wind: it clears away the debris, it uncovers layers of resistance until old wounds are revealed for healing. Emotions are simple energy in motion, the breath is an incredible purifier, it will free up stagnant emotional energy and move it through the body to be released. It is through the breath that we can release stress, anger, grief, fear and negativity. Breath is the essence of life; conscious breathing opens the body and awakens the mind. Every conscious inhalation is an inspiration of spirit, when we are inspired with spirit we are passionate, vibrant, creative, healthy and ecstatically connected to all of life.

There is a way of breathing that is a shame and an intoxication there is another way of expiring a love breath that lets you open infinitely. – Rumi

I find breathing into my heart one of the most direct ways to make contact with my true essence. When I breathe into my heart I become fully present to love and directly experience my true nature as love. I feel whole and happy when I breathe into my heart, I can accept all as well and be at peace. I am in love with myself and know that I need nothing outside myself to be whole and happy. When I am feeling emotionally turbulent or stuck in a negative emotional or mental loop, I find breathing into my heart will always bring me back home to truth.

The practice of breathing into my heart chakra, coupled by my intention to embody love, has become my main daily spiritual practice. I have shared this tool with groups of people, regularly for the past decade and it never ceases to amaze me at its instant effectiveness. As a practical tool it is very simple.


Direct Experience – The Love Breath

Place your attention in your heart chakra, which is in the center of your chest. Make an intention to experience your true nature. Softly and effortlessly sip your breath in through pursed lips, breathing rhythmically and evenly, about two seconds in and two seconds out. Feel your breath filling up your lungs, expanding your chest as you as you raise energy up through your central energy channel and out through your heart chakra. On every exhalation release a soft ‘aah’ sound, to clear any stagnant emotional energy that might be trapped in your heart area. The more you clear the more space you create for the love within to expand. We do not try and fix or change what arises in anyway, but simply recognize and accept all our experiences, beliefs and emotions. In this act of breathing into your heart, you are tapping into the source of love. Let this love that you are embrace all expressions of your consciousness and breathe out love…aah.


Dancing Through the Chakras

The Kundalini dance work is based around the universal map of the seven chakras, the seven main centers of energy and consciousness in the body. The Chakras touch deeply into the core of whom we are, how we perceive and express ourselves in the world. Issues relating to survival, relationship, sexuality, personal power, career, life-purpose, creativity, communication and spiritual dimensions are all expressed through the chakras. The chakras are a universal map which when explored can lead to us to greater personal awareness, healing and empowerment.

The chakras are located vertically and sequentially along our spine. Ancient wisdom traditions teach that the chakras are centers of energetic and spiritual information, triggering specific emotions, mental or behavioral states, as well as channeling life force into the vital organs and body system that each chakra governs.

Physiologically each chakra is also connected to an endocrine gland, a physical organ and a bodily function. The location of each chakra corresponds to the location of a neuronal plexus, a network of cells dense with neuro – peptide transmitters and electrical and chemical activity that receive, process, and distribute specific information from and to the rest of the body mind. For example the peptides most active at the solar plexus regulate digestion.

Working with the chakras through rhythmic breath and dance movement expression helps to balance the chakra system as a whole.

Each chakra inspires a totally different style of movement, and focuses on opening different body parts. For example, dancing the sex chakra inspires a fluid dance; it is like water, sensual and flowing, and focuses on opening the hips and pelvis, circling and spiraling, creating an energetic lubricant that opens up the whole body.

Each chakra carries the blue print of all our life experiences; they carry the programmes at the core of our sub-conscious. Bringing the feeling content of their energies through dance helps bring awareness and insight into those deep impulses and patterns that run our lives.

Each chakra has its own rhythmic breath sequence that when incorporated with movement will activate and potentialize the specific aspects of consciousness relating to that chakra. Pranically breathing into the heart chakra fills you with feelings of unconditional love and joy, connecting you deeply into your essence. Similarly pranically breathing into the solar plexus chakra creates an expanded sense of personal power, vitality and confidence.

As the chakras hold both the positive and negative experiences of our lives, pranic chakra breathing also supports the spontaneous clearing and purification of old stagnant emotional energies out of the chakras and the associated organs. On a physical level this allows more life force to flow into the different body systems, balancing the energy flow and revitalizing and rejuvenating the associated physical organs, creating more health and vitality. For example contacting and releasing grief and sadness out of the heart and lungs and the musculature around the upper chest and back will eventually strengthen the respiratory system and the physical heart. Healing disease takes ongoing self-maintenance and discipline yet it possible if you are willing to get to the core issues around the dis-ease. .

One example of this is middle - aged women who attended a weekend course, she had, history of digestive problems and upper abdominal pain. Whilst working with her solar plexus she made contact with the repressed anger towards her X- husband that she had been holding in her upper abdomen. She reported immediate relief from chronic pain after the session and eight weeks later reported her digestive problems were gone. This is a direct example of how our emotions are connected to our health.

Participants of the kundalini dance workshops and course always report improvements in their physical vitality, health and energy levels; others claim heightened creativity and improved libido.


“In the 8 week courses with Antara I healed a lot around my sexuality, the pranic breath rhythms combined with movement induce a trance like state that seemed to open up a pathway for greater insight into my emotional and behavioral patterns.
The Kundalini Dance sessions always leave me feeling energized, in a state of clarity with a sense of deep inner peace and connection.”
Mia Cuyler- Byron Bay

Dancing through the chakras is the exploration of your core energetic patterning, inspiring a dance of release, a dance of elemental balance and beauty, a dance of insight, a dance of self-healing and transformation, a dance of ecstatic celebration.






The Alchemy of Ecstasy


All the mystics and spiritual teachers and spiritual traditions and practices inspire us to “know thy self” as the ultimate goal to achieve sustaining happiness. They all have the same central theme that in order to experience the true self we need to silence the constant chatter of the mind that keeps us held in the past and in the future.

Ecstatic dance, like meditation is a vehicle to move you into a state of no mind - a very deep inner stillness. We call it being in the zone: that place of inner silence where we commune with the source. In the zone we remember that consciousness is all there is. We become intimate with our true nature.

When we are ecstatic we are face to face with love as the true nature of our consciousness, this is the alchemy of ecstasy, we are the alchemists.

To dance ecstatically requires you to let go of form and linear mental control and surrender to a sense of direction that comes deep from within. To be consumed by a longing to shed the layers that keep you separate, release the past and dive deeply into the sea of love within. There we receive the gift the gift of knowing the true self, where we are already perfect, whole in this moment, now.


Kundalini Dance is a contemporary personal cultivation practice, drawing on ancient ways and wisdom, designed for the accelerated times we live in. Once you remember how to plug in, activate and clear your own body mind system, it is something that comes very naturally, we all have an energy body and it is our birthright to remember how to work with it, and empower ourselves to take our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health into our own hands.


Any body can do this practice; every body was born to dance. This is an invitation for you to come and Kundalini Dance, and experience the ecstasy, pure joy and radiant health that come with a clear energy channel.




- Well Being Magazine- Australia


"The Alchemy of Ecstasy"


Kundalini Dance: Exploring the Alchemy of Ecstasy

All the mystics and spiritual teachers and spiritual traditions and practices inspire us to “know thy self” as the ultimate goal to achieve sustaining happiness. They all have the same central theme that in order to experience the true self we need to silence the constant chatter of the mind that keeps us held in the past and in the future.

Ecstatic dance, like meditation is a vehicle to move you into a state of no mind - a very deep inner stillness. We call it being in the zone: that place of inner silence where we commune with the source. In the zone we remember that consciousness is all there is. We become intimate with our true nature.

To dance ecstatically requires you to let go of form and linear mental control and surrender to a sense of direction that comes deep from within. To be consumed by a longing to shed the layers that keep you separate, release the past and dive deeply into the sea of love within. There we receive the gift the gift of knowing the true self, where we are already perfect, whole in this moment, now.

Ecstasy feels like pure cellular bliss. Ecstasy is the embodiment of love it opens the heart and quiets the mind. Ecstasy is a transformational force it entrains all cellular information to love. Fear cannot exist in a body that is vibrating ecstatically, this is the alchemy of ecstasy.








Emotional Transmutation

One of the underlying principles of Kundalini Dance is that the mind, body and spirit are interconnected. Thought patterns and emotions are initiated and stored not only in our brains, but also within the cells of our bodies, our organs and our (chakra) energy system.

Within our cells we hold the imprints of all that we have ever experienced in this life. Unexpressed or un-integrated experiences carry strong mental and emotional energy that can become locked in the body as tension, resistance and body armoring.

An emotion that is blocked or denied stagnates the life force and blocks our energy system, impeding the flow of life force into the various body systems and organs causing gradual deterioration and eventually disease. This is why our emotions are so connected to our health. Dance breath and sound are powerful mediums to clear stagnant emotions and bring more vitality into the body-mind.

The Power of Breath

Breath is like the wind: it clears away the debris — the breath is an incredible purifier as it frees up stagnant emotional energy and moves it through the body to be released. Conscious breathing opens the body and awakens the mind. Every inhalation is an inspiration of spirit and when we are inspired with spirit we are passionate, vibrant, creative, healthy and ecstatically connected to all of life.

I find breathing into my heart one of the most direct ways to make contact with my true essence. When I am feeling emotionally turbulent or stuck in a negative emotional or mental loop, I find breathing into my heart will always bring me back to the truth of love.

I have shared this tool with groups of people, regularly for the past decade and it never ceases to amaze me at its instant effectiveness, in creating happy smiling faces and beaming hearts. As a practical tool it is simple.

THE LOVE BREATH - the key to natural ecstasy

Focus attention on your heart chakra,in the centre of your chest,with the intention of experiencing your true nature. Sip in your breath in through pursed lips, inhaling for about for about two seconds and exhaling for two. Fill you lungs an expand your chest to raise vital energy up through your central energy channel and out through your heart chakra. As you exhale make a soft ‘aah’ sound, to clear any stagnant emotional energy and expand the love within.

Antara Decker

Antara has been exploring ecstatic dance as transformational healing art and spiritual practice for 14 years. Kundalini Dance is the outcome of over a decade of training and research in Europe and the U.S.A with some extraordinary people in the fields of energy healing, dance-movement therapy and mind-body medicine. Since 1992 she has been facilitating workshops and has taken thousands of people across the globe into the remembrance of how to work with their innate inner energy to create and maintain health and well being.Antara empowers participants to activate their inner healer and experience creative dance - movement, rhythmic breath, sound and energy work as powerful mediums for creating positive life change.

Antara will be sharing a series of courses in June and July in Byron Bay. Exploring the Alchemy of Ecstasy: June 13th and 14th and a seven week course: Dancing through the Chakras: every Tuesday morning at the Byron Bay Community Center from 10pm – 12pm from the 20th of July – 31st August. For bookings and enquiries please call 66849456 or 0421 160841.
This workshop will give participants a deep working knowledge of the chakra system for their own personal transformation, physical and emotional healing and or for use in their own therapeutic work with clients. We will explore our sexuality, our communication, issues around love and intimacy, our connection to source and survival issues.




- The Art of Healing- Australia


Discography

The Chakra Journey- 1994 produced with Return to the Source London and released internationally selling over 50,000 units in the first pressing.

Chakra Trancendance-" the keys to natural ecstasy" -2002 distributed through New World Music/ australia and Shamans Dream/USA

Rara -

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

We use the mediums of electronic dance music with a world/ambient feel performed by Rara with Antara's ivocative trance inducing vocals to guide participants on an ecstatic dance journey.

Antara has been teaching ecstatic dance for the past 15 years. Through years of deepening and refining the work, She has come to call her ecstaic dance process Kundalini Dance TM. It is a synthesis of dance, healing, tantra, shamanism, chakra therapy and transpersonal psychology: a marriage between East and West, ancient and future transformational technologies, designed to empower people in awakening the, true- self.

"I see everyone has an inner healer, a shaman within, one who can feel, see and work with the unseen inner energy forces, an alchemist who can transform lead into gold, fear into love. I feel others are just like me; they want to live fully present, consciously awake and free."

Antara has been exploring the transformational path of ecstatic dance for 16 years. "I studied Dance-Movement Therapy at Roehampton University in London in 1994/1995. I trained with dance shaman, author, Gabrielle Roth in 1990 and Hawaiian Kahuna Sandra Michael in 1994. I worked on developing the Chakra Dance Journeys with Frank Natale, the pioneer of the Trance Dance TM work; he supported me in the early development of the work and offered me his studios in Amsterdam as my lab over the year 1991. I apprenticed with healer and movement therapist Elizabeth St John in London, from 1991-1993. I did a dance –meditation training for six weeks in the Osho Multiversity, Pune, India 1992. I have been meditating and cultivating my spiritual awareness for the past twenty years."

Since 1991, Antara has taken thousands of people across the globe, into the remembrance of how to work with their innate inner energy, their chakras and their kundalini, to transform the pain of the past, purify and move into ecstasy.

Antara pioneered of the Chakra Dance Journey workshops, which became popularized by Return to the Source in London between the years 1994-1997, when she co-produced the “Chakra Journey” double CD with a 72 page booklet, with over 100,000 copies sold it was a huge success. . I have facilitated Chakra Dance Journeys in Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Maui, Hawaii, Bali, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong, vancouncer and Portland and at my home base here in Byron Bay, Australia. I have worked with small intimate groups and facilitated multi media Chakra Dance Journeys at Retrun to the Source events in Brixton Academy, London for up to 6000 people. For information on her current teaching schedule go to my web site www.kundalini-dance.com

Antara has recently co-produced another interactive chakra journey dance music CD entitled “Chakra – Trancendance” The Keys to Natural Ecstasy. This can be purchased through her website www.kundalini-dance.com

In 2005 she has just completed training her first group of 17 facilitators.

Antara is currently involved in another recording project which we will be performing live this coming year.