Thursday, July 16, 2020

Answering a few questions about expandance

Good Thursday, comrades. In this video I answer a few questions about Zoom expandance classes. If you have more, just let me know!

Tomorrow and every Friday

8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 4pm Ireland & UK

Register here:
(takes 10 seconds, and you'll get an e-mail with the Zoom link)

https://bit.ly/RegisterExpandanceFri
FREE for BIPOC & U.S. immigrants
Donation based for everyone else.
Donate here:

https://www.paypal.me/expandance
or
CashApp / Venmo: expandance

Suggested donation $5-$25

Apologies for the lack of captioning

Thursday, June 18, 2020

How do we know what our bodies need?

How do we know what our bodies need?

Sometimes our bodies whisper to us - maybe with a yawn to let us know they're tired. Maybe with a signal to the brain saying ''I'm thirsty'' if we're dehydrated.

And sometimes, when we don't listen for a while, our bodies need to get loud in order to get our attention. That can show up in the form of ailments, pains, muscle spasms, the ''back going out'' etc.

What if we started listening on a regular basis?

When I first started expandance (the dance company) with Laurie Schneider and Alicia Christofi Walshe, many years ago in Ireland with grant support from the Arts Council of Ireland, we were in the studio 5 days a week doing our expandance practice. From that practice, we created choreography and went on to perform those pieces at various theatres and festivals in Ireland and New York City.

And for those first few years when we worked together, something interesting happened.

None of us got injured.

In a full time working and performing dance company, do you know how rare that is? All because we were listening *deeply* to our bodies every day, and responding to what they needed.

That is why I now teach expandance practice not just to dancers, but to everyone. I know from experience the power of listening, and of moving from that deep listening place.

I invite you - if it's been a while since you did expandance, or if you've never tried it - to join me tomorrow for class. You can tilt your camera up while we are dancing if you don't want others to see you. It's a beautiful, freeing practice. You don't need ANY dance experience, or even a lot of space.

Here are the details:

Every Friday

8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 4pm Ireland & UK

Register here:
(takes 10 seconds, and you'll get an e-mail with the Zoom link)

https://bit.ly/RegisterExpandanceFri
 
FREE for BIPOC & U.S. immigrants
Donation based for everyone else.
Donate here:

https://www.paypal.me/expandance
or
CashApp expandance

Suggested donation $5-$20 *or whatever you can do*

* Calm your mind and clear mind chatter

* Find those places in your body you're holding tension and let it go

* Get grounded and centered

* Feel more free, easier in the body and mind, and more uplifted
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow! I'll open the room 5 minutes early so we can all get settled.

Keep moving, my friends,
Rachel x

P.S.

I'm also teaching Release and Restore (expandance and restorative yoga, with Sarah Jenness) every Wednesday at 5:30pm PDT through St. Joseph's Health. This class is FREE for the cancer community - patients, survivors and caretakers. Please register with the lovely Sharon at Sharon.doughty@stjoe.org and just let her know where you are in your cancer journey. 

Listening within; listening without


It's important to listen to our bodies.
It's also important to listen to people who have been oppressed for hundreds of years.

Here are just a few of the people I'm listening to and learning from online:

https://www.instagram.com/rachel.cargle/

https://www.instagram.com/thenapministry/

https://www.instagram.com/janayathefuture/

https://www.instagram.com/iamrachelricketts/

https://www.instagram.com/urdoingreat/

https://www.instagram.com/philipattar/

One documentary that was particularly helpful to me was ''13th'' on Netflix, and this video (posted this week by @janayathefuture) is beneficial in learning more about racial structures and belief systems:

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBbY19ABa54/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Feel free to share with me any BIPOC authors, speakers, and artists you know and are learning from. 
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Website

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Registration link for expandance Fridays

*** expandance Fridays **

Every Friday

8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 4pm Ireland & UK

Register here (takes 10 seconds, and you'll get an e-mail with the Zoom link)

https://bit.ly/RegisterExpandanceFri

Donate here:

https://www.paypal.me/expandance

or
CashApp expandance

Suggested donation $5-$20 *or whatever you can do*

* Calm your mind and clear mind chatter

* Find those places in your body you're holding tension and let it go

* Get grounded and centered

* Feel more free, easier in the body and mind, and more uplifted

"Rachel's capacities and tools are among the most impactful and transformative I have ever experienced." - A.H., Portland, OR




Monday, May 18, 2020

expandance practice ongoing

Have you tried expandance yet? 


I hope you can join me this week (and every week while we are in SIP) - 

1. Wednesday class for the cancer community (through St. Joseph's Health)
2. Friday class for everyone 


1. Wednesdays

5:30pm - 7:30pm 
FREE for the cancer community, current patients, survivors, and their caretakers
expandance followed by DEEP relaxation with restorative yoga poses, singing bowls and sound journey from Sarah Jenness
E-mail my amazing boss Sharon to register and for the Zoom link: Sharon.doughty@stjoe.org

''The combination (of dance and restorative) was spectacular" - Nikki 

2. Fridays

8am - 8:55am 
Lovely shortened link: https://bit.ly/ZoomExpandanceFri - YES! Just click on that link! It'll bring you straight to the Zoom room :-) 
DONATION based. 
$20 suggested / pay what you can / no one turned away to: https://www.paypal.me/expandance 
FREE for anyone coming from St. Joseph's cancer community classes, as well as for front line responders, delivery and store workers, and immigrants. 

A wonderful way to start the day! I open the room a few minutes early so we can start on time. 

This is what a Sebastopol mama said last week after an expandance Zoom class:

I did expandance this morning with Rachel Wynne. If you have been thinking about doing this, Do It! I am not a dancer, I don't exercise regularly and I have chronic pain. I loved the unconventional warm up she lead us through and the visualizations with movement. Afterwards, I felt relaxed and energized at the same time. Most notably, I was able to release a considerable amount of tension that I was carrying in my body. I did all of this a short amount of time and in a small space. - B

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

This week's offerings

Each Wednesday at the moment we have a FREE class for the cancer community - patients, survivors and caretakers - called Release And Restore. 

*** expandance gentle movement / dance followed by deep relaxation with sound healing, with me and Sarah Jenness ***

5:30 - 7:30pm East Coast USA (PDT)

Please e-mail Sharon at Sharon.doughty@stjoe.org for Zoom link and to register.

Hope to see you tonight!


"Release and Restore was exactly what I needed. It is true to its name: I was gifted with the space, safety, freedom, and encouragement to listen deeply to my body, contact my inner experience, and move and release what had been stagnating within; then, I got to melt into a warm, cozy sound bath while resting in regenerative yoga poses. Really, what more could I ask for?! I have been twice already, and will go again. Every time is a different experience. Taking this time to care for myself is invaluable (not only for me, but for my family who receives a more grounded and rejuvenated me afterward!)" - Erin, MFT

AND!

Each Friday at the moment I'm teaching 55 minutes of expandance:
Join me for 55 minutes of expandance to start our day centered, embodied, and alive. Move out your stresses and fears, and come back to a deeper connection with yourself.

expandance is a dance and meditation practice in one. If you're not comfortable with other people seeing you dance, you can tilt your camera or turn off video for those exercises.

We will start right at 8am; I'll open the room at 7:55am so we can all come in and start on time.

*** Fridays in May: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th ***

8am PDT - West Coast USA
11am EDT - East Coast USA
4pm BST - Ireland / UK

We will be finished by 8:55 / 11:55 / 4:55 so that California peeps can start work by 9 if they need to. ♥

Donate here:
https://www.paypal.me/expandance
CashApp expandance
$20
* Or pay what you can. No one turned away *

Facebook event is here. I'll be posting the Zoom link there this Thursday. 
Or you can e-mail me at rachel@expandance.com for the link.

Free for immigrants, the undocumented, and those on the front lines: anyone working in a hospital, grocery store, delivery service etc.

Monday, May 4, 2020

expandance this Friday May 8th! Zoom-ing to wherever you are in the world.

expandance this friday!

On Zoom - wherever you are in the world #GlobalExpandanceFamily

Dear friends,

Join me for a beautiful expandance class this Friday morning

8am PDT - West Coast USA
11am EDT - East Coast USA
4pm BST - Ireland / UK
Last Friday we had a lovely class with people from Dublin, Ireland, London, UK, and California! I hope you can join us. More info below.
$ 20 / Or Pay What You Can
E-mail me at rachel@expandance.com for the Zoom link

~ Rachel

p.s. Share with friends! The Facebook event is here
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Join me for 55 minutes of expandance to start our day centered, embodied, and alive. Move out your stresses and fears, and come back to a deeper connection with yourself.

expandance is a dance and meditation practice in one. If you're not comfortable with other people seeing you dance, you can tilt your camera or turn off video for those exercises.

We will start right at 8am; I'll open the room at 7:55am so we can all come in and start on time.

We will be finished by 8:55 / 11:55 / 4:55 so that California peeps can start work by 9 if they need to. ♥
 
Free for immigrants, the undocumented, and those on the front lines: anyone working in a hospital, grocery store, delivery service etc.
 
Things I Get Asked All The Time / FAQs! 
* Do I need to know how to dance?
Nope. No experience at all is needed.
* What if I like dancing, but I'm supremely bad at it?
Well, firstly, that's most likely just your judgment speaking, and secondly, one of the wonderful things about expandance is it can actually help you change how you feel about your movement. One of the reasons I created this technique was to stop those ''judgey demons'' in my head that would decide to pop up whenever I started moving. There's a distinct possibility that after expandance, you'll replace the thought ''I'm bad at dancing'' with ''I don't care what I look like, I feel AMAZING'' or ''I'm actually not that bad!"
* I'm kinda self conscious and would feel better if others didn't see me. Is that cool?
Totally. You're more than welcome to tilt your laptop camera up to the ceiling during the dancey bits so that nobody can see you. Some folks do that! Bear in mind though, that (A) we're all going to be dancing too so nobody's looking at you, and (B) we all look tiny in our little Zoom windows anyway.
* What if I'm bad at learning choreography?
Good thing there's none to learn in this class :) I'll give guidance through improvised exercises - the movement though, comes from you.
* I have some injuries / can't move a lot. Can I still participate?
Yes! I also work with people who are chair-bound; with the dance improvisations there's always an intention or meditation behind them, and throughout, and so there's always a way to participate. And if you have concerns please e-mail me beforehand and we can work out what's best for you. rachel@expandance.com
* So what's this class about then?
It's about you getting into your body, getting in touch with it, freeing yourself up a bit, getting moving, allowing some creativity to be awakened, learning to trust yourself, gain a bit more confidence, shake off and move through stress and fear and other feelings that come from living through tough times, and ultimately coming out of class feeling a hell of a lot calmer, more centered, happier and relaxed than you did at the beginning.
Any other questions? Let me know!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Friday morning expandance on zoom



Join me for 55 minutes of expandance to start our day centered, embodied, and alive. Move out your stresses and fears, and come back to a deeper connection with yourself.

expandance is a dance and meditation practice in one. It has been called ''meditation for people who can't sit still'', ''so powerful'' and ''incredibly rewarding''. If you're not comfortable with other people seeing you dance, you can just turn off your camera for those exercises.

We will start right at 8am; I'll open the room at 7:55am so we can all come in and start on time.

*** Friday May 1st ***

8am PDT
11am EDT
4pm GMT

We will be finished by 8:55 / 11:55 / 4:55 so that California peeps can start work by 9 if they need to. ♥

PayPal ("Friends and Family" is appreciated)
$20 rachel@expandance.com
CashApp expandance
Or pay what you can. NOTA

Free for immigrants, the undocumented, and those on the front lines: anyone working in a hospital, grocery store, delivery service etc.

Go here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81631638748?pwd=UDl0dzQwcklYRERHdE9qcUNxVXY2UT09

Friday, February 7, 2020

Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival



Hi everyone,

I'm excited to be performing in the Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival.

I'll be onstage for Women at Large and Women at Home, and I hope to see you at one (or two) of the shows. We have some incredible talent, and all female-identifying playwrights, actors, producer and directors.

Tickets here