Hey Wild Ones,
So where did this wave take me to after Breathing Free and Borderland? I traveled from Scandinavia to Ibiza to study Aguahara, an aquatic healing and movement modality I was introduced to through Zsuzsi while living in Hannah’s Mermaid sanctuary. I had already started meditating in water sometimes twice a day for a month as my intuition told me if studies have shown that water can hold emotional energy in its structure, I wonder if meditating in water can amplify this state. Later I received an aquatic healing session with Zsuzsi in Los Angeles. She beautifully brought me into a deep trancelike surrendering connection with the water through floating and immersing my body under the water all the while delicately moving me in a flow, gently bending and stretching parts of my body while moving me with my breath. I was of course slowly brought to the surface here and there to breath during this visit with the water, had my eyes closed the entire time, wore a nose clip, and no words were spoken - she communicated with me to let me know I was going under through light squeezes to signal to me that I would be going under.
The sensation of this experience was so powerful and felt psychedelic like. It felt like being in the womb again. It felt like my mermaid spirit was back in its home but I could fully relax because someone else was there and I and any place of tension my body was holding in places could fully let go and surrender to mama water’s flow. Through the experience I also felt a sensory charge like I feels in Vipassana meditation sometimes when I bring my awareness to the unified whole of my body. After the session we both silently and intuitively went to the hot tub next to the pool and meditated together and it was my most powerful mediation I’ve felt sensory wise in my body, a charge I can’t put words to.
Aguahara is an aquatic space of exploration, investigation, and development. After starting Burning Free with the intention to put on transformative experiences themed around connecting with the elements, I felt a call to study the element of water. Aguahara highlights this element for its density that activates an increased perception of the body and can create sensations of ‘no-gravity.’ It’s properties are a facilitator of a cleansing, purifying, and detoxifying process.
‘Hara’ I learned is a Japanese term that refers to the vital center of our lives, the point of focus, rooting, the origin of our movement, and the source of our energy. It’s similar to the power chakra, a place we take action from, an the energetic point situated a couple inches below the navel. It can be the second ‘gut’ brain. This is the point the facilitator of the session is working from and giving the experience from; the incorporated base to the experience encompassing the element of earth.
I learned Aguahara is known to offer multiple benefits since through the water it covers the physical and electromagnetic body, bringing a balanced fusion to them - which is why I feel such a powerful sensation through this water journey.
Synchronicity led me to train in this water healing art as the three week course happened to be at a perfect time for me, in Spain right after Borderland and just before Burning Man.
Like a massage course, we learned this technique breaking down each part of it piece by piece and practicing with each other in the water for most of each day and later giving sessions to volunteers to practice.
This course also brought space for so much more than just learning this healing modality that I came to train in so I could to start practicing this and offering sessions. We deeply connected with this element each day and its spirit through many other types of exercises. The very first day we were to enter the water and simply explore and play with it alone by ourselves for 30 minutes, something I already have found myself doing. I’ve noticed for years now that when I get into water, my body feels like stretching and I have improved my balanced postures in yoga from practicing them in water. As a child, I remember playing in the pool by myself for hours in the summer time. When I first started scuba diving I realized on top of seeing the underwater world, I mostly loved the experience of just being in the water and moving and playing with my body. Then in Nicaragua at Momentom’s Aqua Residency this year, we lived on the most beautiful private beach that I would make love to meditating next to the ocean, silently dipping in alone some mornings, and paddle boarding all over our bay. Some days I would go out by myself on a paddle and be completely alone with just me and the sea and talk with her. Sometimes I would cry with her. One day I had a solo journey where the wind tried hard to bring me out to sea as I smiled and laughed telling her I couldn’t stay and I had to go back although a part of me inside also wanted to go out there and see what she wanted to show me. As a diver, I find I have no fear of the water because I know what’s under there and I love that world too and it’s creatures, its scenery. I love the sound of the silence under water, or of the sound of my breath when I’m scuba diving.
But what Aguahara also introduced me to is aquatic dance. Take ecstatic or contact dance and put it in the water. You’re able to play now without gravity and fully move with even more freedom and room for expression in aquatic space, getting to try moving in ways I’ve never moved before while flowing in complete connection with the flow of the water. There’s slow floatation, fast swings and spins, letting your body be and move as it does, gracefully dancing or pushing her around like Thai Chi, jumping around, handstanding, backflipping, using the walls to balance into poses, doing dancing Shakti Flow like fitness moves - simply moving in a whole new liquid world has become my new obsession and new practice. Even outside of the course my aquatic colleagues and I would practice at a pool or go play in the ocean. Some of my friends being professional dancers, we’ve started planting the seed of constructing an aquatic performance piece in the upcoming future - so inspired by this new world and its untamed directions. As I was preparing to leave and go to Burning Man, I found myself getting anxiety with thoughts of being out of the water for a length of time. Alongside a place for meditation, the water has truly become my practice, my flow, my home, and now a gift to also share with others.
What became even more rewarding though through this course was introducing this to others while giving sessions. I have a passion for smiles, and the way the face lights up after a session is a whole new immensely lit up glow of its own! Toward the end of sessions as we integrate the receivers back it is so beautiful to witness their journey. Seeing their faces slowly coming back but in a wide smiling resistance as I know the aquatic euphoric state they are in. I had one client that I just continued to hold next to the shore as he did not want to open his eyes until I finally told him it was time to return to land life. You can see this overwhelming what just happened amazement and awe in their expression. What was that? And they would return for more.
Now as I have completed this level 3 certification of Aguahara, I’m so excited to begin this next chapter of life continuing to practice, share, and study this aquatic healing and movement art and I’m so insanely overwhelmed with gratitude to my teachers, Alex, Sandra, Martin, Ayana, Zsuzsi, and all the aquatic people I’ve gotten to experience this world with, learn from, and play with : )
With Love and Water as I head to the playa,