Dance the Fear Away!


By Anya Light

Anya Ligh, PhD, is an author, Reiki master, and intuitive life coach. Visit to schedule a healing session in Bowling Green, OH or via phone/Skype.

A few minutes into the dance, and my eyes begin to burn with tears. My breath comes faster and faster, as all the chaos emerges.

This is the moment of the dance. Here it is: the moment of the unveiling. Today, the act of dancing is like looking in a mirror after rolling around in the mud. It’s a bit scary.

This is the moment of the dance; the time when the fear is released. There is a gorgeous song playing, a mix of piano and violin with soft feminine vocals. I am allowing every note of it to invade the universe of my cells. I am one with the song.

Sometimes I am a soft and subtle priestess, swirling, delicately articulating my wrist an imperceptible inch—and, at other times, I am a forceful, angry beast: my feet kick and stomp, my fists pump and punch the air.

The tears come faster now. Wet and thick like sludge. Some of these tears fall onto the carpet underneath my feet, and some of them fall into my open mouth and I digest them. These tears are primal and necessary. I must release them; I must free them. These tears let me know that I have accidentally taken on too much weight, lately, that I have absorbed too much from the seeming brokenness around me: the poverty, the violence, the hatred, the fears. The bruised woman, tattooed from head to toe, who came to me for counsel, who barely made eye contact. Somehow, she has become the one who has turned me black and blue. The friend who I watch killing himself with every cigarette…he is somehow choking me as well. The glaring president on the television who says “build the walls”…somehow, somehow, in these past few days, since my last dance, that same president has put a wall around my heart, too. I have somehow become the victim. I have somehow forgotten my divinity and have begun to take on other’s pain. Somehow, some way, in the past few days, I have forgotten the basic truth: that we are all one.


The dance doesn’t have to be pretty today. The dance doesn’t have to be perfect.

These are the words I tell myself on the days when it’s more difficult to get off my couch.

The dance can be whatever it is. It can be gentle or it can be intense. I can spit or I can smile. I can be wild or a delicate beauty. In fact, it doesn’t even have to look like “a dance” at all. Just feel the music, Anya—and see what happens.

Dear friends, I have discovered the secret of dance.

No matter how awfully, no matter how awkwardly a dance begins, it will always end in joy—if you give it time.

The secret of dance is to give it time. As much as it takes. Just stand up, turn on the music, turn off the clocks, and dance. Allow the dance to feel weird or laborious until the precious moment comes when the dance is a true dance. When all the fears are gone, and the music possess you.

For my healing journey, I have made the commitment to dance two or three times a week. And when I dance, the dance is always different. But there are some generalities I can share.

I love to dance alone. And when I begin my dance, in my humble living room, on freezing winter nights or sumptuous summer afternoons, I begin with a prayer and I end with a prayer. At the beginning I say, “Please make me a conduit for the powers of life itself to dance through me.” At the end I say, “Thank you, I am so grateful for this gift of dance.”

I dance with intention: as a healing art. I dance for my own sanity and my own self-compassion. I dance to fall in love with myself, to be my own best partner.

I dance freeform. No memorized steps. Just feel what emerges.

Some days the dancing is short: ten or twenty minutes is all I have time for: it’s a full busy day, and I’m already feeling good. On other days, however, the dancing is a long and twisting journey: I turn off the phones and the clocks and everything else that beeps and I promise to dance until that blessed moment comes when I begin to feel good. I wait for the serotonin; I wait for the sigh of relief and the smile. On those rather rough days, I know that nothing else is as important as my decision to dance. It is a commitment I have made to myself. It is a commitment to my own evolution and healing.

On the tough days, the dance is imperative. I know that until this fear departs, I am utterly useless. I cannot serve myself, let alone serve others. Until this fear subsides, what can I possibly do? The truth is, the fear makes me a cold, lifeless machine. A stumbling zombie.

So, I dance. I choose to dance and I come alive within the dance. I become goddess and god when I dance, when I reach the place where gender has no meaning in the blur of bliss. I put on my comfiest sweatpants or my sexiest skirt, and I dance until the time comes when sweat slides down my neck and I am intoxicated by the smell of my own armpits as my head thrashes from side to side. I find I actually like this smell. 

And now comes the moment when I strip. I peel off all my sweaty clothes, throwing them triumphantly onto the carpet in a beautiful, crazy heap. My roommate is not home. (I always wait to dance until I am totally alone and will not be disturbed.) At this moment, I am naked and dancing. At this point, I have reached ecstasy. No drugs needed, except the delicious batch of chemicals my brain has made.


Where does anxiety come from? From whence does fear originate? Why are some people able to cure their depression while others commit suicide? Where does the darkness come from, and how can we bring in the light? These profound questions of what it means to be human are no longer simply relegated to the province of priests—now, in our modern age, scientists, sociologists, and psychotherapists are joining the dialogue.

In the holistic community, dance is being used as a treatment for depression, PTSD, autism, eating disorders, and many other conditions. Christina Devereaux, spokesperson for the American Dance Therapy Association, describes dance as a way of shedding light upon what’s hidden within the psyche, as a way to explore, purge, and clear painful emotions. “We really believe in the body/mind connection,” she says. “Dance is a way for people to use what’s happening inside them and express it in an external, expansive way.” 

In a 2015 peer-reviewed study, researchers found that dancing boosts self-esteem, lowers anxiety, and increases psychological wellbeing. They demonstrated and categorized the plethora of motivations and benefits that bring people of all ages to the dancefloor. Indeed, more and more dance studies like these are being conducted in the field of neuroscience.

No longer is talk therapy touted as the best or only way to heal deeply-set psychological issues. Instead, researchers are touting, in ever greater numbers, the radical healing powers of movement practices, such as dance, tai chi, yoga, and others. At the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, for example, elders with Parkinson’s meet weekly to dance to live music and spoken word poetry. This “Dance for PD” class is a truly holistic therapy: it heals on the physical as well as the emotional and mental levels as well. Incredibly, the program was launched 15 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, and is now offered in 16 countries around the world!


For over three decades, I struggled to live. The combination of undiagnosed PTSD (derived from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as a child) plus being gifted upon birth with a number of intuitive gifts and sensitivities (gifts not recognized as valid by my culture) left me disabled and suicidal. I simply couldn’t figure out how to function in the world.

In my early thirties, I had no choice but to leave behind a promising academic career, shortly after earning my PhD, due to my rapidly-disintegrating immune system and an advanced case of adrenal fatigue syndrome. (These are, unfortunately, quite common issues for those with unhealed trauma.) For a while, my friends and family had to take care of me. I intuitively knew that if something didn’t shift soon, I would die.

Today, my life looks so radically different that sometimes I shake my head in grateful disbelief. Since beginning my sojourn with dance, my adrenals and immune system have regained functioning. I am healthier now in body, mind, and spirit than I ever have been in my entire life.

In my healing journey, I have been blessed to receive help in many beautiful forms: a compassionate, highly-intuitive counselor, trusted spiritual teachers, a community of loving friends, and daily practices such as yoga and meditation. All of these aided greatly in my recovery. However, the final, powerful piece of my healing puzzle clicked into place the moment I discovered dance…a path for radically rewiring my brain and detoxifying old, clogged-up emotions within the regions of my sensitive heart.


Dance is moving faster than the speed of thought. Dance is immersion in sound.

Dance is instinctive. It connects us with our ancestors, the ancient tribes who danced for rain and to celebrate the hunt. Dance is primal and sacred. It’s an opening of the heart. It’s a healing space where we feel the music so intensely, so fully, that our bodies cannot help but move.

Dance is being possessed by the dance. The dancer becoming the dance. The body becoming a channel. A vessel of light.

Indigenous cultures throughout history have practiced dance as not only a celebration, but also as a divine healing art. During the height of my healing crisis, about six years ago, my friend Pattie, a Native American medicine woman, began to teach me how to dance. Her lessons were not formal nor were they complicated. They simply arose, organically and simply, because I was ill and she loved me.

We sat by the fire in the open air. Barefoot. Summer evening, fireflies. She began to drum. And she asks me, before the dance, “Are you finally ready to let go of your fear?” 

I remember her watching me. I remember melting into the realization that she knew something I did not. She possessed a knowledge deeper and truer than could be expressed in words. As I began to dance around the leaping fire, my feet stomping and grinding with the earth, I wept. I openly released moans and sighs: anger bottled since childhood was leaving me.

In those moments with Pattie, I felt all the benevolent spirits who guided her nod their silent, loving assent. (Maybe these spirits were my friends, too?)

On those blessed summer evenings, I danced. I finally felt connected: to her, to her Ojibwa tribe, and to all the people of the Earth who understand the simple ways of healing.

We humans in modern cities lose a bit of life energy every day. Pollution, noise, stress, lousy jobs, poisoned food, living in squared-shaped boxes made of toxic materials. Our feet rarely touching the Earth. We lose our balance in a thousand ways and we become ill. We forget our connection to Source. Through sacred dance, we bring our awareness back into our bodies, back into our holy temples. We get our blood flowing again. We turn off our gadgets and our thinking minds, and we return to a simpler, more loving way of being.

What is dance? Dance is a mode of reconnection. A testament to the truth that: every body, no matter how seemingly damaged, wants to heal

When we are dancing, we lose our stories. We lose our successes, our failures, our labels, our concepts, our To Do Lists…these all vanish, in the glory of the dance. The story of “me” dies. In these incandescent moments, when our limbs sway with wild, unabashed freedom, we become like children again. We become innocent. We forget all the reasons that allopathic medicine has told us that we will never be cured or that we will always need these pills. Thanks to the dance, we forget the bullshit. We return to the truth.


Through dance, I’ve made friends with my physical form and I’ve found a great friend in music, too. I’ve found that I have a ready-made cure for a bad day and a predictable solution for stress.

As the years pass, I have found that there is a peaceable merging happening within my being: with each dance, with each moment of tuned-in movement, this thing I call “thinking” diminishes as my idol. Instead, thinking has become this lovely tool that I can gently manage. When I dance or meditate and the thinking mind subsides, I find something more deeply satisfying than I ever found in any book or concept…I feel a connection to all of life. To all beings. Within my body and within the music.

Here’s some secrets. You don’t need music to dance. Next time you’re in line at the grocery store, try what it feels like to gently sway your hips back and forth. Or, when you’re talking to the teller at the bank, what does that flexing that smile on your face feel like? When you’re at home washing dishes, what does the soap and hot water feel like as you move your hands in rhythmical patterns across the glistening porcelain? Can you feel the movement and graceful shapes of your body as you go through your daily life? Can you make a game of it? Can each moment of physical expression in this incarnation be an art form unto itself? Can life itself be a joy?

When my roommate leaves our apartment, I turn up the music.  I am transported to a miraculous place. Suddenly, I am beyond time and logic. No cause and effect, no planning. I am just me, and somehow beyond me: just the grace and splendor of these limbs, this breath, and this amazing life. I am already healed.



2- Maraz A, Király O, Urbán R, Griffiths MD, Demetrovics Z (2015) Why Do You Dance? Development of the Dance Motivation Inventory (DMI). PLoS ONE 10(3): e0122866.



Joni will be leading Sacred Dance every Wednesday from 6:15-7:15PM.

Are YOU finally ready to let go of your fear?

Join me in the D A N C E.

A Different Kind of Buti Experience

Join us for a super empowering afternoon, followed by light snacks and drinks.

Cost for this workshop is $20.

This workshop combines Buti Sculpt & Buti DEEP. Combining these 2 practices has proven to be an incredible experience of yin and yang. First, we engage in a highly active and intense set of movements that burn out our muscles and help us relieve the tension in our minds and bodies. Then, we drop into a deeper state of being and the ability to tap into our true sense of body mind awareness is at an increased sensitivity. This combo is guaranteed to have you feeling like a whole new person!

Buti Sculpt is a HIIT workout focused on proper body mechanics and injury prevention. In Buti Sculpt workouts, we focus on building long, lean muscle tone while kicking the body into a heightened metabolic state. HIIT workouts are excellent for burning maximum body fat due to the intervals of max heart rate and max effort. The benefits of this style of workout include a drastically increased metabolism for up to 36 hours post workout. Other HIIT workouts use a low intensity interval as rest time, Buti Sculpt workouts utilize strategic yoga postures during low intensity intervals to prevent injury and facilitate muscle recovery.

Buti DEEP is the restorative format of Buti Yoga that focuses on intentionla and restorative movement sequences that utilize the Spiral Structure Technique ® to connect mind to muscle and catalyze vibrational change on a cellular level. Unlike other Buti formats, DEEP is low-impact and focuses on micro movements with physical though to connect the brain and to innervated muscle and restructure the deep core. The class structure also includes self-massage and pressure point activation to release muscles during deep restorative asanas. Class ends with a 6-10 minute sound meditation.

Who’s ready?

Walk-ins welcome.
Reservations recommended —> Email with your name & how many are attending or call 419-601-9163 to leave a reservation (message is fine).


Michelle is a RYT200 and Certified Personal Trainer who has been teaching yoga and group fitness for the last 10 years. Michelle first became interested in fitness after a serious illness that left her in a coma for several days. Her own health issues have inspired her to help others on their fitness journeys. She completed her first 200 hour yoga program in 2009 through YogaFit International. Her journey has taken her down many paths as she continued her evolution. Most recently she become Buti Yoga certified and went on to complete their RYS200 in July 2017. She also became certified in Buti Sculpt and Buti DEEP in 2017. She also completed a nutrition coaching certification through Precision Nutrition and has found a passion for Paleo living and enjoys helping people explore healthier ways of eating to fuel their real lives. Her 20 year career in Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice Counseling helps her also understand human behavior and teach others about patterns of behavior that are keeping them from reaching their goals.

Understanding Auras

The aura is a part of our spiritual anatomy. It is the mystical part of ourselves that many of us do not quite understand. While our physical body is a complex system full of organs and components that we can see in physical form, our spiritual anatomy is not seen by the naked eye in the same way. Still, we can feel and sense our aura energetically, if we choose to tap into this part of ourselves. Gaining insight into the spiritual aspects of yourself, and how they impact the way you move through life, can lead to profound insight that can assist you in living your best and most authentic life.

General Workshop Overview:

This course will begin with a five-minute meditation to clear our space and open ourselves up to take in information. Carla will then discuss the 7 Layers of the Aura, a part of our spiritual anatomy.
Within that, she’ll cover:
<> The importance of our spiritual anatomy and the aura
<> Layer Meanings
<> Aura Colors
<> Energy Blocks

Carla is open to answer any questions. We will have snacks, and if you are interested in staying after the main workshop, you can sign up for 5-minute Energy Healing appointments.

If you are interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind workshop, please email >>><<< and leave the following information:

-Phone Number
-If you want to receive monthly emails for future workshops and schedule updates
-If you want a 5-minute Energy Healing appointment. *This will go in order of first come, first serve per reservation

About Carla McGhee:

As an individual who has always been drawn to the holistic healing arts, Carla has pursued a variety of related training endeavors. She is a board-certified dance/movement therapist, trained professional psychic and energy healer. Carla has been conducting psychic readings since 2009, when she entered a school for psychics in Chicago, Illinois, where she learned to fine tune her gifts as an empath and clairvoyant. As a psychic, Carla specializes in aura readings, past life readings, women’s energy healings and general aura healings.

Buti Breakdown Workshop

COST: $25 (includes drink & snacks)

Buti Instructor, Joni Johnson, will be leading you through a 2-hour intensive breakdown of yoga asanas (poses) and the foundations of Buti Yoga. Foundations include static shake & spiral technique & more. We will be covering various poses, Fire Breath and more!

You will receive individualized attention and the tools you will need to refine your practice & strengthen your mind & body. After this workshop, you will know how to properly align your body to prevent and alleviate any pain/injury.

All levels are encouraged to come.

Bring mat+water
Class package not applicable.

Make reservations by emailing with “Buti Breakdown” in subject. Leave your name & phone number and how many will be attending!

Looking forward to this! Great start to the new year!

Intro to Chakras


Intro to Chakras~ Discover a deeper You ™️

Sydney has designed 2 Hour workshop to give you an introduction to each of the 7 main chakras. Together, we will explore each chakras unique frequency and color. You will learn what emotions and thought patterns are connected to which chakra and begin to identify which chakras are predominant in your life. We will conclude with a guided meditation.

Chakra means “wheel” in sanskrit. Each chakra acts as a spiral moving inward, connecting you deeply with your most authentic self.

Jan 7, 2018
1-3 pm
The Space Toledo
425 Jefferson Ave Floor3

Sydney has studied the chakras and the profound impact chakra awareness has brought to her life, since she was in middle school. Chakra therapy at a young age allowed her to access a deeper meaning in her own life, and seeks to share this knowledge and connection with others.

Sign up! Call 4193492450

Embodied Yoga Practice

Embodied Yoga Practice™️2017 with Sydney Parker

Take your practice to the next level by exploring the intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects of your yoga practice. Each week, we will explore specific topics with mental study and support the study with an hour practice.

Week 1 Form and Breath: Bandhas, Drishti, Breath- Muscle engagement, set focus, conscious breath

Week 2 Asana Foundation: Develop Asana (Pose) Awareness by combining Bandhas, breath & drishti

Week 3 Exploration of the Self: Mental/ Spiritual aspects of observation and development

Week 4- Meditation: Create your authentic meditation practice

Week 5 Embodied Lifestyle: Take your practice into the world around you; see life with a new perspective.

5 week Embodied Yoga Practice™️ $175

As a bonus to all those participating, you can also purchase an UNLIMITED package with access to ALL of Sydney’s weekly classes, beginning week 1, ending week 5 for $125!

5 week Embodied Yoga Practice™️ AND Unlimited yoga pass for $300

*Unlimited class pass offer only available to those participating in the 5 week workshop*

Feb 4
Feb 11
Feb 18
Feb 25
March 4

11am – 1pm every Sunday

Individual workshop day- passes are available for $40 per Sunday

Sign up early/ Questions:

Sydney Parker is a 200 hr RYT (yoga alliance), multiple 50 hour certified training’s, and has committed hundreds of hours of self study to all the areas of focus in this workshop. Sydney has explored what it means to live her practice on and off the mat and is excited to share space with all those ready to deepen their connection to themselves and their personal yoga practice.

6 WEEK (spirit) SEEK

Friends, we have a fun, high energy 6 week creative dance course to ring in the new year with!

Our instructor, @light_whispers, has created a responsive & collaborative piece to “Ocelot” by Hiatus Kaiyote. She will be breaking down choreography in bite sized sections & bring out your inner movement based artist.

Bring an open mind & willing spirit.
Leave those voices that tell you can’t dance behind.
Authentic expression is encourage.

Interested? Here are the next steps.

Email: with your name and number & leave 6 week spirit seek in the subject.

$70 needs to be paid in advance and will cover the entire 6 weeks.

At the end of the 6 week spirit week, we will create a video & show everyone how energy, focus & co-creation can lead to amazing things!

Looking forward to this.

And, if you can’t make this course, no worries. More to come!

Sending love 💌

See you soon.


Kundalini with Jess Betz

Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of awareness. It incorporates mind, body, spirit and connects one with their true self. Pranayama, asana, mantra, and meditation are combined to awaken your kundalini energy at the base of the spine. Experience a practice that awakens the subtle body, clears negative energy, strengthens the aura, strengthens the organs, illuminates the chakras, and detoxes the body. Ring in the new year with an ancient practice that will bring pure bliss and joy to your life.

Cost: $10

About Jess Betz

Jess’ sole purpose in life is to share the ancient teachings of yoga with those she crosses paths with. Her classes take students on a journey to self love and inner peace. Jess’ classes are soul enriching and guide students to explore life on a deeper level. Her classes are influenced by different yoga linages; bhakti, raja, hatha, vinyasa, kundalini, pranayama, mudras, and reiki. She creates her classes based on Ayurvedic practices, the seasons, elements, and phases of the moon. Jess hopes to bring people together to make the world a better place through the ancient wisdom of yoga.

She completed her 200 RYT with Yoga on High, is a certified Reiki Master and is working towards her 500 RYT with Shiva Rea in Santa Monica, California.

The Space warmly welcomes Jess and her light energy! Please make your reservation by sending your name and how many guests are joining to >>> <<< .
Leave “Kundalini Yoga” in the subject.

Thank you and we’ll see you soon!