What is Biodanza ?
A general Description
Biodanza is a form of expression that promotes health, wellbeing, joy and relaxation through specific dance and group movement exercises that are induced by the rhythm and melody of inspiring music. It develops various levels of connection and bonding with oneself, with one another, and with the universe. And it opens the individual to owning and joyfully expressing ones true identity.
What are the therapeutic benefits?
From a physiological point of view:
Biodanza works as an anti-stress therapy, helping to regulate sleep and blood pressure. It gives participants a feeling of expanded vital life force energy, and helps develop the ability to self-regulate, balancing action and rest, and strengthening the individual's immune system.
From a psychological point of view:
Biodanza works as an antidepressant. The stimulation from the music, movement and relationship with the group provoke a positive reaction, that is reinforced by the physiological effect of the class; during the first part of class, rhythm and joy, stimulate adrenaline and noradrenaline and, in the second part of class as we let go and return to our divine essence, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are stimulated regulating mood and generating well-being.
From an existential point of view:
Biodanza acts as the reinforcement of one’s self-esteem, resulting from the general stimulation of joy and pleasure of being alive. It improves relationships with others, and reinforces a confidence in personal self-expression.
(The above words are credited to Nuno Pinto the Director of the Porto, Portugal School of Biodanza)
Video on How Biodanza can Change your Life.
Video on Biodanza as Described by Participants in the Bay Area
"Biodanza has helped me to get in touch with my feelings, to open up my heart, to express my emotions, to be vulnerable, and to feel the love and light within." - N. N - Napa
Described by Participants in Their Own Words
"Biodanza reminds me what love is and how to love. " - A.M - San Rafael
“I go every week because I feel more me after a class. I am more alive! I handle life better. I communicate better. I feel better. If I miss class I feel really feel the it!” - A.B.
"The first thing that struck me about Biodanza was the ability to connect with people in such an intimate safe way, in a way that I wasn’t really getting in my everyday life unless I was in an intimate relationship. So to be able to be single and to have a weekly time where I get to actually receive that much connection and affection was super important and significant for my life.
The classes are always transformative. Sometimes I arrive to Biodanza in a negative space and I always feel better after being in class.
I find the aspect of silently gazing into other people's eyes particularly nourishing. It can be vulnerable but it is also nourishing like heathy food. It feels necessary as a human being." - R. B.
The Official Definition of Biodanza
“Biodanza is a system of affective integration, organic renovation, and relearning of original life functions, based on experiences induced by dance, singing and encounter situations in groups. It is a system of acceleration of integrative processes at cellular, metabolic, neurological, endocrine, immunological and existential levels induced by enriched environments that results in the transformation of human beings at all levels.”