Dear participant: Welcome to Soul Motion in Sacramento!

Soul Motion is a playful mindfulness practice, a way to land in our bodies in the present moment together, explore creativity, presence, relaxation, belonging, and also support the development of welcoming, kind-hearted community.

We are so very happy you are considering joining in. To support you in stepping in, here is a description of our shared agreements.

Timing:
We like to arrive on time together, so that we can build our inquiry as a shared journey.

  • For the 1st and 3rd Saturday Morning classes, music starts at 10:20 am and class begins at 10:30. We prefer to arrive together, between 10:20 and 10:40.

  • For the 2nd and 4th Saturday Afternoon classes, music begins at 3:20 pm and class begins at 3:30. The studio door is open during the window between 3:20 and 3:40, but locked before and after.

We will end on time.

Shoes:

  • As classes are held on dance floors, we remove our street shoes at the door of the classroom, to protect the dance floor and so we do not track grit into the dance space.
  • You are welcome to wear dance shoes (clean, non-street shoes) in the dance studio if you prefer to have the support of a shoe.
  • We encourage you to try going barefoot, if that works for your body.


Talking:

  • We ask that you refrain from talking during the class in the dance studio while we are practicing together.
  • This guideline supports the focus of others practicing in the dance space and the field of attention and deepening co-creation.


Notes about touch, consent, boundaries, and personal space:

Each of us have had different life experiences with touch and personal space. Each of us carry different fears, desires, and needs around touch, boundaries, and personal space.

Here are some useful guidelines for navigating this complexity:


  • Each person has the right to their own personal space and to have their physical boundaries respected by their fellow dancers.


  • Please allow each person their own personal space, sacred space, to be creative within.


  • We refrain from grabbing hold of each other, or touching others without consent/permission.


  •  If you wish to initiate physical contact, begin by slowing down, and gathering your attention so that you will be able to track the response of the other to your presence.


  • When you approach the edge of another person’s personal space,  pause to witness their movement response.
  • Do they turn towards you or away from you; do they move closer to you or seek space; do they tense up or relax? This is important information for you.


  • Wait for a clear invitation to move closer before entering the personal space of another.

 
What might a clear invitation to move closer look like?

  • It could be eye contact or a smile; it could be they step closer to you, or turn toward you.


What might a “no thank you” look like?

  • It could be that they turn away, they move away, or they claim greater space with their body movements to indicate they do not want you to come any closer.


We will practice awareness of the nonverbal communications by other dancers about their personal space needs and about their boundaries. 


Here are some options for how to set boundaries if someone is not hearing your more subtle movement “no, thank you’s” on the dance floor.


To encourage them to give you more space, but stay in relation with them:

  • Take up more space physically with your arms as you dance, to mark your Temenos/personal space in a visual way
  • Keep your leg extended near them and transfer your weight to the other leg, which moves your torso away from them and offers you more breathing room


To Move away entirely:

  • Pivot and move away
  • walk or dance away
  • Turn to dance with someone else
  • move to a different part of the room


To set a clear boundary:

  • Look the person firmly in the eye and shake your head
  • Extend your arm and show your open palm to them (a boundary gesture, like stop)
  • Verbally say "no",  “I need more space”, or "I do not want to share touch"


You are always welcome to speak with the teachers about your experiences regarding touch and personal space, or about other experiences you have in the class. We will be responsive to your communication.

If you ever need help during the class, approach the assistant teacher or if there is not assistant that day, please approach the teacher.

Guidelines: