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“The art of reincarnating in the same body” … I read it somewhere, and I feel this phrase represents exactly what we experience the last days, during this magical Alchemystic Dance journey, guided by Zola Dubnikova… a beautiful soul & powerful Priestess of the New Era.”
~ Areti Karntzikou Crete (Greece) ~
“Dear Zola, I really fell in love with this experience – it’s like the beginning of a new path filled with sweetness, living heart, body intelligence, worthy-ness, love…I feel so strong. How powerful this work is, how juicy a woman can feel, how sacred life can become…Thank you so much for giving us this chance. I really want to go on with the process and continue with you.”
Florence Michel, France
“Zola, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. It was amazing to see you you embody the sacred feminine. You have inspired me to keep dancing and reconnecting with my soul through my body. And to live, dance, and give from the heart. I’ll always keep you in my heart. Thank you! I’m really looking forward to seeing you again in NYC! Next time for a bigger and longer workshop!”
~ Natalie Zuniga Gogny, U.S.A (NY)
“After this workshop, so many things are still moving inside… I feel more open and sensitive, but at the same time stronger from the inside… I have the feeling that your workshop will have veeery long “consequences” on me and my surroundings….. and i also felt like i would love to go sooooo much deeper…. I thank you so much for it all.”
~Jana Modrakova, Tenerife, Spain
I took part in a 3 day holistic dance retreat with Zola and the word that most expresses how I felt after the work we did is “healing” and “connection”. Truly a healing of the body and soul. I returned home with such a feeling of strength and lightness in my body. I love Zola’s teachings and the way she teaches with truth and integrity. These are truly sacred practices that connect us with our mother-the earth, and with our sisters, with our heart and with our true nature. I now feel the strength and love in my heart to create a new story. My heartfelt thanks to you Zola and so much gratitude for our meeting and your teachings.
-Adriana De Michiel Australia
“Zola’s approach has a very natural, fluid feel. She has a spiritual, loving demeanor that translates into her teaching. The choreography is interesting, and well-thought out. She smiles as she teaches and dances, and you can’t help but feel good dancing along with her! The class is fast-paced, full of beautiful gestures, energetic movements, primal dance spirit and authentic dance movement from dance genres around the world! A pleasure and a necessity to take her classes.”
~ Stasy Radway California ~
“Once I woke up with a kink in my shoulder and halfway through the class I noticed it was gone — for good! Zola’s positive energy definitely carries the whole group in a way that is fun for beginners and regulars alike.”
~ Bettina Roth USA ~
“Zola gave us so much love and such a wonderful experience – Dancing in trance, feeling alive, energy moving up and down the body, amazingly connected, beautiful music, feminine movements, grace and beauty…. Feminine Energy is unbelievable magic and powerful! Expressing yourself as a woman and not holding back your emotions is very healing… not only for yourself but the whole planet and universe. And for men as well. I love the power of feminine awakening! …My personal experience from this workshop is very very powerful and amazing!! In the first few weeks after the workshop i couldn’t even put it into words. I was feeling so alive and cried tears of happiness. It was so soul-nourishing, heart-warming and beautiful to dance and get instructed by Zola with her warm and kind personality…Something unbelievable and amazing happened one day after our workshop was finished. Do you remember that i told you that i didn’t have my menstruation since 15 months? I felt totally disconnected to my body and my feminine energy. On monday after we danced the whole weekend, activated our pelvis a lot, filled up our chakras and much more – my menstruation came back!!!! I was so touched and cried… I realized I can trust my body when I step back into my feminine power and feel alive with much joy. Wow… i couldn’t put it in words until now. I am deeply grateful for this experience!”
~ Aisha La Luke Switzerland ~
My experience at the weekend with Zola has boundlessly helped my path, and my embodiment practice deepen to a new level of feminine (love) awakening. The very subtle body awareness practices and movement principals Zola shares are truly what I see (and feel!) is the next level ‘nexus’ to not only our own body/self love/self awareness but our global, connected consciousness. Never have we as contemporary women been ‘taught’ or ‘shown’ how to listen so truly to that deep, infinite, grand beauty that is our (one and only) Self – and this, the returning into the body, the whole complete self and the home, within: the Heart. And from here I know – and can attest to in my own journey on this path – IS the change that is needed in the world. When I as womban can connect and remember, my beauty, my delicacy, my strength and my infinite power (as key creator), my heart, my feet and my body create the actions for my life to take care of that which is truly important: to live in peace and harmony, in creative co-creation and in beautiful celebration of all of life – my body and our great earth, for all including our children to come. What Zola shares are innately very simple ‘earth/body’ wisdoms of the body which we have long forgotten, however gifted she is with the embodied resurrection of these ancient truths, that she now humbly shares for us too to remember, re-learn and re-create – through our holly-body-temple selves – a new world.
~Ember Ananda (Australia)
“Zola’s classes will leave you high on love and energy and wanting more. Despite having previous dance experience, I found Zola’s class to be innovative, instructive and very fun. She merges a diverse range of styles in a way that caters to all levels. In addition she leaves time for free dance in which students take the steps they’ve learned, feel them in their own body at their own pace, and then truly begin to make them their own! This was by far my favorite part- it allowed me to really absorb the dynamic energy of Zola and the class and embrace Latin-dancing in a whole new way!”
~ Elizabeth Husserl – California
“Zola’s work, Holistic dance language, has been one of the most powerful and effective tools in helping me to heal from my childhood history of sexual abuse. The movements and sounds of the work put me in touch with the innate power of my own body, and with my capacity to heal myself with my own hands and intention. Zola as a woman and teacher also truly embodies compassionate presence, and has a gift of creating a safe container to express, release, to be heard, and to heal from this very deep and ugly form of abuse (and this is not, in my experience, a gift that many teachers possess!). She really knows how to create and hold the space for deep healing to occur. In addition to this, the physical aspect of the work–particularly the earth practices–are amazing in assisting a deep release of the psoas and hips, which is where we hold deep traumas of sexual abuse and the emotions associated with it. These earth practice movements allowed me to come back into a relationship of trust with the earth, with my own body, and with the process of life itself. The encouragement to embody sexual energy with the self in a safe community of women was incredibly healing and empowering. To experience and be encouraged to experienced sexual energy in a safe environment for a sexual abuse survivor is invaluable, and I feel more at home in my sexual power.
In the supportive presence of Zola and this astounding community of supportive women, I found the courage to feel any remaining pain surrounding my abuse, to allow it to surface, and then to heal. Just the permission for any emotions to arise without fear or judgment on her part was tremendous on my path to healing. In expressing my pain, I felt held by not only Zola but by each and every woman in the room. Their unconditional love and capacity to listen compassionately has deeply healed me. I am now more open to receive love, and to experience more power and ease within my body and my life. I feel both more powerful and at the same time more soft and divinely feminine. I feel like myself again, and more at home in my body. I feel I can do anything! Thank you!
~ Kaitlin G. – New York
Reflections on a student about her experience during the month-long Temple Dance Arts Initiation course in India:
“The Temple Dance Initiation was a month long intensive embodiment course, which required me to show up, in person and be present with myself, my body, the group of women and the teachings. Each day was profound and rigorous with almost 7 hours of physical training during the day and mystery school and chanting during the evening.
…During the course, we have studied dance traditions from around the world. I have been able to feel in the body the interconnection of these dances, each with the wisdom of their own flavor. The thing that I saw that really unified these practices was the origin of dance in ritual. I have been seeing the original purpose of dance to unite communities and connect us to something beautiful – the celebration of the body and the celebration of life. When we are connected to these values, we in turn value ourselves and life more fully.
…I saw the interconnection of the healing of women and the healing of humanity and the earth. I saw the importance of women waking up the internal wisdom within to reclaim their places as the teachers in the culture. When a woman is healed she educates others – her beloved and her family about how to heal and come into balance and right relationship with the sacredness of life.
…The support system of the women was VITAL. I learned so much from being in communion with this group. There was really a feeling of us becoming a greater whole together. The women authentically watched out for each other and deeply cared about one another’s well being. We were honest with each other in our processes – we had our moments, but there was a foundation of love that we returned to always to heal things. So much got expressed and released. Such a bond was formed as we loved and encouraged one another to rise up in our lives
…Through the temple dance course, I have been learning practices that are awakening dormant inner wisdom. My teacher Zola Dubnikova calls it “allowing the truth to come out from the body”. These truths need to be attended to. They are key to our personal and collective healing. We need to cultivate these truths and turn them into action.
I have emerged from this really seeing how critical the healing of the divine feminine is at this time, which in turn brings balance to the whole.”
–Mary Arose (Arizona)
“Transmuted into the deeper core layers of the profundity and subtlety of Grace.. The expansion of the wings of the heart is an experience of something both miraculous and ineffable.. Through Zola’s ~ Holistic Dance Language, I found a surrendering of the lessor egoic patterns allowing for the emergence of quintessence & soul. In this naturally high state of equilibrium, the intelligence of the physical body in particular was enabled to release stagnancy and create more abundant flow by tapping into the infinite ecstasy of Life and Breath.. just as when plants, trees, crystals, animals and humans are gifted the optimum environment to.. Thrive.
I learnt in this brief moment it was yet but a tiny experience of the multitudes of what is possible, though a tremendous rippling shift through all bodies was felt.. lifting many veils & allowing the recognition of the Divine Feminine in it’s Triune presence to be known on greater levels.. Here on Earth and throughout the Cosmos.
Strength in Softness & Wisdom.
May I Remember with Clarity and continue to Dance in that Remembrance.’
With gratitude that echoes into the eternity for these sharings and offerings, truly a ‘Journey Between Worlds’~
Thank you Zola Dubnikova.”
~Lydia Elixir (Australia)