On this episode of Biohack-HERS, HigherDOSE Founders Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps meet with Yarixa Ferrao — aka, Coach Yari — the founder of Unleash!, to experience the healing benefits of ecstatic dance. As CEOs, Lauren and Katie don’t always have the time to let loose, but in the pursuit of science, they’re tapping into their wild side to see if this biohacking experience really works.
What Is Ecstatic Dance?
Ecstatic dance is a type of dance that is all about releasing your inner wild side, letting go, and feeling your way through music and sound. It doesn’t follow any particular steps or choreography and, instead, is all about getting into a flow state that can feel trance-like.
This biohacking movement dates all the way back to Ancient Greece, where citizens believed they could achieve trance-like godly states through free movement. Since then, ecstatic dance has been used throughout human history to alter consciousness during spiritual practices. Today, new agers, burners, and conscious communities alike continue to practice the movement method for these same benefits.
The Benefits of Primal Movement
Dance is a powerful practice that comes with a host of benefits—and primal movement combined with the freedom of ecstatic dance has some major biohacking benefits.
First, dancing naturally decreases stress hormones such as cortisol while simultaneously increasing happy chemicals. This alone can boost the mood, relieve anxious feelings, and help reset the nervous system. By releasing the stress hormones and resetting the nervous system, the body can experience less inflammation, which can help with symptoms of autoimmune disorders, improve the digestive system, and even help promote a good night’s sleep. Primal movement and ecstatic dancing also help put the body and mind in a flow state, which is known to increase happiness and creativity, help regulate emotions, and ignite motivations.
Does dancing like nobody’s watching really alter your state of being? Find out on the latest episode of Biohack-HERS.
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