Working with Zahava created a soft openness and delicious awareness of my inner strength, balance and beauty.- Isabella, Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Health Coach
I can happily say working with Zahava was one of the most profound spiritual journeys I’ve had the good fortune of experiencing in my life.- Diana Ferrante, Women’s Empowerment Leader, Intuitive Advisor
Zahava's work has returned me to the natural state of being my most loving and most beloved self. - Emily Tepper, Receptivity Coach & Craniosacral Therapist
This was exactly what I needed to rebalance myself. I was able to release the week’s stress and gain confidence in being the clear minded and moving bodied me that I want to be. - An overworking teacher
Zahava gave me the nurturing excavation tools to my inner realms that have been yearning to moan, be touched, to be remembered, honored, revered, and celebrated.- Jennifer Maeve
This work not only supported me grounding in my own feminine experience, but it translated into my work as a coach--allowing a new depth of connection with my clients and their own sacred and sexual journeys.- Dana, Certified Life Coach
Thank you for holding and creating such beautiful space for my own feminine to unfold and reveal herself to me through my body.- Elizabeth Joy Mueller, Business Coach & Intuitive Guide

Healing the Dance

I just had an incredible time performing and teaching at the Theatrical Bellydance Conference meeting dancers from around the world.  Over the past few days many dancers came to me with questions about the pelvis, sexuality, and the difference between moving the body and being present in the body… I was drooling over these questions.  I know what it’s like to train the body technically.  My first 20 years in ballet really gave me the opportunity to “control,” my body. When I started working with energy healers, Sufi dance meditation, and Esalen massage, I began to actually tune into the sensations in my body.  It was more of a surrendering and listening, rather than telling my body HOW to move.  I started to experience that sensations know how to complete themselves and heal when I put loving attention on them, AND that sensation brings us into presence.  This is a big key for performance!

I’ve really been watching how dance has the power to connect us to ourselves and the divine, just as much as it has the power to disconnect us from ourselves.  It all depends on how the dance is taught or performed.  Dance is healing if we heal our connection to the dance.  (I would say the same of sex.)

When I was originally training there was a value placed on a specific kind of beauty, strength, flexibility, and ability to memorize and perform choreographed movement.  In my attempt to excel in these ways I often chose to override my body’s intuition and creativity.

Many dancers where I trained were struggling with anorexia, bulemia, depression, and deep self criticism.  I sense that these are indicative of the culture where there was no emphasis on exploring our unique body and creative spirit.  These are not just about food, this is about seeing the value in WHO we are feeding.  Now, decades later I see that most dancers started to follow 1 of 3 paths…

One, dancers left dance and went to yoga for healing and for the most part left the creative process.  Two, dancers just left moving all together, but never resolved their dynamic with dance.  Three, dancers started transforming and using dance for healing, restoring the power of dance and of ourselves!  This is the sweetness of LOVE making dances and I can tell that it’s happening because we all start falling in love when we see a dancer move from the depth of her soul.