Zia has been in the study of ancient sacred dances since 1994. Her journey started with Gurdjieff movements, Sufi dances and whirling. In 2006 she embraced the study of Odissi Indian Classical Dances and in 2008 originated her show Sufi Splendour, recently relaunched as Realms of Dance™, presenting Sacred Dance & Whirling Mandala, rendered to music and poetry of renowned artists and mystics. Zia has performed at prestigious festivals and events across the country and internationally, sharing the mystique of our sacred heritage.
The Sacred Dances workshop invokes the awareness of energy and forces that are continuously forming our body. It brings us to a state of continuing presence. The body is here now. Working with the body from a space of meditative awareness develops within us a ‘presence of being’. In the practice of this work, our perceptions clarify; we become aware of the different qualities of energy that moves in our body, how it shifts and how it settles into coherency; an experience of one-ness; the dances do not end in themselves, they become a bridge to our higher consciousness.
Music and poetry, Rhythm and Stillness, Silent sitting are important elements that condition and refine our experiences