Ancient Storytelling and Sacred Dance
Soothing Heart, Mind & Soul
Would your body like to move with more fluidity and freedom of movement?
Would you like to have a better relationship with your body and your body image?
Would you like some “time out” from the stresses and anxieties in your world?
It is time for all of us as women to be absolutely in love with our bodies, our sensuality and our femininity— to connect to our deepest desires to be our Authentic Self and create the life we want.
Many women now are searching for physical activities to help us experience more fluidity and creative expression and to experience our deep inner essence as a woman through the movement of our body.
Dance is a vehicle that many women are looking to— and Hula, an ancient form of storytelling through movement from the Hawaiian culture, is an incredible gift that is being shared with us to use for this purpose.
- a moving meditation, helping us to heal our relationship between ourselves and our body
- an energy dance, similar to the Chinese Tai Chi in how it releases muscular tension and energic blocks in the body through the slow and flowing movements
- a therapeutic dance - Medical studies are showing the therapeutic physical benefits of Hula, produced by the tempo, style and movements of the hula, so it is a therapeutic dance form
“I love how hula makes me feel....so relaxed and at peace....The Spirit of Aloha just comes into my soul and lifts me....It is so wonderful, to learn the culture of Hawai'i through this sacred dance....It makes me feel beautiful." -Hula Student
"The Hawaiian Hula is grounding and balancing to the mind and body - many physical "aches and pain" have been greatly reduced. My self esteem has increased....Hula is supportive of curvaceous femininity. I have made peace with my body, finally. My health and body image are improving day by day." -Hula Student
"Hula connects its dancers to music, earth, the present, the past, and to each other. It's a way to build body confidence without changing a thing about you. It's a way to feel indescribably beautiful in a wholesome natural way. Like any art, it has its discipline, but love and respect are the foundations." - Hula Student
And most important, it is ancient Storytelling through movement and Sacred Dance that is unique to the Hawaiian islands. With not having a written language until the 1800’s, when the missionaries arrived, Hula became the living history of the Hawaiian people. The Hawaiian culture is called “The Way of the Heart” and is all about family and caring for each other. Hula shares their myths and legends, stories and values through songs, chants and music accompanied by dance with descriptive hand gestures and rhythmic movement of feet and hips. It is the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian people and the glue that holds their culture together.
“The hula is Hawai’i. The hula is the history of our country. The hula is a story itself if it’s done right. And the hula, to me, is the foundation of life. It teaches us how to live, how to be. It is the ability to create one’s inner feelings and no one else’s.” - Uncle George Na’ope, Kumu Hula
Hula touches hearts as well as minds, and it fills the soul and pleases the eyes. It is loved worldwide because it is a celebration of beauty, of people, of the land; of nature with its winds, soft rains, waterfalls and surf. Learning Hula is great fun; and when you acquire even just a little skill, it allows you to fully experience your connection with your own Inner Essence.
No former dance experience is necessary.
- The movements are graceful
- It it is structured in a way that enhances the sense of balance and harmony.
- It is a low-impact exercise, wonderful especially for the hips, legs, knees and arms.
- It helps develop coordination, flexibility, self-confidence and good health
- Connects you to your inner essence to express your creative expression.
- Anyone can do hula
It is truly the language of the heart.
"Hula is a gift to be shared because it can do so much to heal, cheer, and cleanse the soul. Hula is for the soul. There are many people who can derive happiness and joy from the hula, just as they derive joy and happiness from other activities. But hula is more….It can free the mind and unburden the soul, allowing for the creativity of expression that can be highly spiritual in nature." -Auntie Aloha Dalire, Kumu Hula
Healing with Hula group classes and workshops are offered through the Halau Hula Pu'uwai O Aloha at the River House at Glendale Shoals in Spartanburg SC, where women come to learn hula and heal together with other hula sisters. Private sessions are also available at the River House and on Skype. Opportunities to share hula with others are also available for the more advanced students (haumana).
Kaleo and Haumana sharing hula at a Sacred Traditions and Rituals (S.T.A.R.) Service in Spartanburg SC
Evening and Day Beginning Classes are also available
In person at the River House at Glendale Shoals and
Online on Skype