Morning Ritual – A Practice of Renewing Self (DAN2004.01) (day/time updated as of 5/11/2022)

Mina Nishimura & Kota Yamazaki

We are unconsciously balancing our daily lives by utilizing mini rituals to refresh mind and body. Ablution, a washing of the self, is an act of purification, or in other words, a ritual of renewing oneself. To keep renewing oneself is one of the essential concepts and skills learned and used in improvisational dance practice. We spontaneously discover new possibilities and experiences in every moment.

In this course, from meditation to writing to visualization to ancient martial arts to improvisational dance to tea ceremony, we mindfully and gently design, activate and practice the transition from a state of yin (asleep) to yan (awake). Early-morning is the most important and critical time of a day that helps determine how to spend and live that day. We will develop a morning ritual structure that helps us set up a healthy and positive mindset and practice in order to live each day fully as a new once-in-a-life-time event, not as a predetermined routine!


Learning Outcomes:
-Establish a healthy mind-body conditioning morning practice

-Be aware of and actively engaged in the process of transition from an unconscious state to a conscious one

-Finding new and creative ways of renewing oneself through multiple approaches



Delivery Method: Hybrid
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
W, 8:00AM-9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

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