Inner Rhythm, Aug 17th, 2017









What might we be carrying inside us that wants to be acknowledged, felt, explored, expressed, witnessed, perhaps just simply allowed, without judgement? What creative resource may be longing to be tapped, or liberated, within the feelings we might tend to deny or push away?

Ariel’s Ecstatic Debut

I’ve known Ariel Churchill for about two decades and is a Santa Cruz local –  she’s always been into the arts and has found herself creating through music, dance, & other expressive arts. She brings a calm, solid and heartfelt energy and I’m excited to have her craft a musical journey for us on August 26th at the Pacific Cultural Center.

I asked Ariel to share what dance means to her, read her response below and check her out on Soundcloud.

“Dance for me has always been one of the most powerful tools I have for self-expression and release. Dance is a way to wring out my body of all that I have absorbed and want to let go of, or conversely it can be a way to really go deep into aspects of myself that I want to honor and emphasize. Dance can be the deepest therapy and simultaneously the most lighthearted play. Whenever I dance I am showing up for myself and this life in celebration of who and what I am. Movement is what we were built for, movement is freedom.”


Dance with us on August 26th! Find out more info on FB or Eventbrite.

Grounded. Rooted to Fly

Inner Rhythm, Aug 10th, 2017














What does getting grounded mean for you? How do you get there? Does it support your physical/mental/emotional/spiritual experience?

Last night when I went to dance, I found myself so in my head, not grounded in my body, not even in the room. Remembering that my heart meridian runs down my arms to the palms of my hands, I knelt on one knee, put both palms on the floor, breathed deeply, and felt my heart roots extending into the earth.

I am an earth child.

I was born here.

I reconnected with the powerful force that I come from.

Rooted to fly.

On Prayer & Pleasure


Inner Rhythm ~ October 16th, 2014


“…For what is pyayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?

And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.

…When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet…”

“…Even your body knows its heritage and its rightful need and will not be deceived.

And your body is the harp of your soul, and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds…”


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Inner Rhythm Sept 25 ~ Equinox, Harvest, 4yr Anniversary & Benefit for Veterans

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   I believe in the healing power of embodiment and creative expression!
   Wow! This week marks four years of Inner Rhythm as a weekly dance practice in Santa Cruz. I am so grateful for what we have created together.
   I remember when I was too afraid to start this weekly dance session. Afraid of failing. Afraid of succeeding. Afraid of being seen. I remember walking through life pretending I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Eventually, the pain of not doing what I knew I wanted to do became bigger than the fear, and I had to jump in. And now, what we experience each week together is better than I was ever willing to dream! With tears of gratitude, I am offering a deep bow of thanks and respect to all those who are, have been, and will be a part of this movement.

   Equinox, Harvest
   What are you harvesting from your experience in the dance that supports you in the daily dance?
Benefit for Veterans
   Did you know that all off my dance related offerings are free for veterans?  There are 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and 2.6 million Vietnam veterans who fought in Vietnam. Please invite your veteran friends to join us. All proceeds from this night will be donated in support of veterans on their healing journey.
   In the past, we have donated to Warrior Songs


I have an agreement with myself to move authentically. This authenticity comes from a source deep within me. I love when I’m able to get out of my own way, sufficiently, so that I am BEing moved from this source. And, this is necessary to fulfill my agreement; to be in integrity with myself. ~Hamid

Heads Up…
Inner Rhythm w/ Daniel Mollner Feb 14th and 21st 8:30 – 10:30 at the Yoga Center of Santa Cruz, 428 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (just a couple doors up from the 418)

Inner Rhythm: Free For All!

This Thursday, Sept. 20, at the 418 Project

Aloha dancing tribe. Inner Rhythm began two years ago at the Chi Center as an intimate, humble tribe … now, we are an intimate, humble tribe … and we are a powerful creative force in this community—supporting freedom, authenticity, transformation, integrity, and the safety for us all to find our way.

I am heartfully grateful for everyone’s support, presence, and attendance these last two years. Thank you for showing up once or a hundred times!

As a token of my appreciation, I am excited to invite everyone to come to Inner Rhythm this Thursday for free. YES, FREE FOR ALL!

And the Fall Equinox … midpoint between the darkest and the lightest …


Inner Rhythm

Inner Rhythm is free-form ecstatic dance/movement meditation. It is a practice of being present in the moment, and in our bodies. Being authentic. Feeling, healing and transforming. Witnessing and being witnessed.

We move into allowing and feeling the full range of this human experience. When we really settle into ourselves and get out of our own way, there is room for healing and transformation.

Inner Rhythm is a place where we can safely surrender to the energy of what has either been locked or repressed within us.  We can also be empowered to awaken dormant passions, opening both inward and outward into full expression.  We experience greater capacity to live, move, and be in total freedom, responsibly. Continue reading