Living Aloha, Your Dance of the Heart
An In-body Experience through Hawaiian Hula
Do you feel stuck in your head and out of touch with your body?
Do you have physical limitations that keep you from moving with grace and flow in your life?
Would you like some “time out” from the stresses and anxieties in your world?
Hawaiian Hula is a moving meditation and spiritual practice, helping women to step out of the daily Pilikia (trauma and drama) that is so much a part of today's world. It helps women to take time for themselves to:
- free the mind, unburden the soul and allowing for their creativity of expression that can be highly spiritual in nature
- feel calm, empowered and radiant
- experience better health, a better body image and self-esteem
In Hawai'i, the study of hula is a way of life to which many students and teachers dedicate their lives. In Hawai’i, hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people and the glue that keeps their culture together. It embodies “Living the Aloha Spirit”. More than just hello and goodbye, Aloha is a way of living and how the Hawaiians maintain the peaceful harmony of their ‘Ohana/family. This is different from what is often interpreted by people on the mainland in their understanding of hula and the meaning of Aloha.
In Hawaiian culture, Hula is a treasured skill and ancient form of storytelling. It is honored for its vitality, sacredness and historical content. 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.
Hula is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Hula is not to be performed; Hula is to be lived. Hula doesn’t care about what you have been; hula cares about the person you are becoming. It is designed to help you live your life to its fullest, in loving kindness; and for it to be truly called hula, its essence and that of Living Aloha must be embodied. We, outside of Hawai'i, are so fortunate to have the opportunity ti experience this ancient knowledge and way of living through all that the Hawaiians are now choosing to share with us through Hula.
Hula can be characterized as a universal language. It is everything that makes up the universe. It was the Hawaiian form of communication before they had a written form when the missionaries arrived in the 1800's. With its roots going back to prehistoric times, this graceful and flowing dance is:ancient storytelling and the living history of the Hawaiian people, telling their myths and legends, stories and values through songs, chants, music and movement.
The movements are graceful, and the dances are structured in a way that enhances the sense of balance and harmony. It also can resonate with anyone, not just Hawaiians. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, for as long as you love the hula, you belong here. Hula 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
Upcoming Classes and Workshops in March at the Heart of Aloha Center
in Spartanburg SC
Ongoing Weekly Classes on Tuesday nights
6:15pm - 7:45pm,
An Introductory Workshop in Hula
the 4th Saturday of every month - the next is Saturday, March 24
a prerequisite to join the Tuesday night class
The Workshop is limited to 5 women, so Register early and save your spot
An Introductory Hula Workshop
Saturday, March 31 10:30am to 1:30pm
The Maya Movement Arts
201 Smythe Street
Contact us for more info
In person at the Heart of Aloha Center
Online on Skype