Element Dance

Element Dance invites us to slow down our body, mind and breath. We invite our senses to take in the natural environment by responding to its elements via movement.  

Inspired by the elements of water, air, fire and earth that we can find around us, we remind our bodies that these very elements also exist within us. We allow our bodies to give shape to these elements temporarily. During this exercise, nothing is premeditated or choreographed. You can respond to these elements in nature in an organic way that feels most natural to you.  

Places like a quiet park or near the sea where you can be immersed in the rhythms of nature is ideal. However, you may try this exercise anywhere.



Air (wind)


Fire within

Become aware of your breath; how it enters your body, and exits.

Breathe in deeply, breathe out slowly.

Begin walking at a comfortable pace, relaxed and free. 

Sense how your feet feel when they touch the ground. Align your breath with your movements.

Notice the different elements of nature around you—water, air, earth and the fire within.

Notice these different elements of nature within you—water, air, earth and the fire within.

Focus on visualising your body as an open channel as you allow different parts of your body to flow. Move as these natural elements would.

How does water feel like within my spine?

How does air feel like in my fingers?

What shape does the earth make between my thighs?

How does fire rise through my veins?

Change speeds by moving slowly or quickly. Go for as long as you wish.

You may use the sound track provided at the bottom of the page during this exercise.

This exercise prepares you for the Mandi Bunga (Flower Bath).

Tentative square
Tentative feet
Stepping out into the Unknown (circles)
Skip-hop (circle)
A punctuation of ending
Standing Cradle
Walking Cradle
Heart Reach (longing heart)
Abhaya Mudra
Resting on the horizon (30 sec)
Circling hands
Sisyphus (moving forward, moving back)
Exhaustive Shields
Punctuation of an ending
Starfish (Stationary instead of open vulnerability/close safety)
Foetus Position (Comfort/Womb)
Reclining (breastfeeding)
Submission (prostration)
Traveller’s stop
Hello/goodbye (beginning and endings of relationship)