Jasmin Sheppard – Body in Place

An Iso-somatic Session

Body in place meditation is a way to embody an acknowledgment of country and connect with ourselves (body mind and spirit), and the environment through meditation. For the duration of the meditation, one will move through the following three parts:

  • a simple seated meditation that helps to focus the mind with an easy mantra repeated with the breath.
  • a visualisation which will be practiced in a lying down position. As the meditation goes deeper and we connect with our body in relation to place and the country we meditate on, we may find that the imagination is wonderfully stirred.
  • a final mantra meditation based upon the visualisation, also in a prone position.

Photo by Andy Lysle

Minimum price: $1.35

Description

An Iso-somatic Session

Body in place meditation is a way to embody an acknowledgment of country and connect with ourselves (body mind and spirit), and the environment through meditation.

For the duration of the meditation, one will move through the following three parts:

  • a simple seated meditation that helps to focus the mind with an easy mantra repeated with the breath. The aim should be to be as still as possible and to focus.
  • a visualisation which will be practiced in a lying down position. Here there should be no forcing of the imagination, however as the meditation goes deeper and we connect with our body in relation to place and the country we meditate on, we may find that the imagination is wonderfully stirred. Go as deep or as shallow as feels right in the moment, we have spent some time at the start with focus, this is the time to let the mind explore within the body.
  • a final mantra meditation based upon the visualisation, also in a prone position.

For this meditation it may be helpful to have the following items:

  • a yoga mat or mat for sitting on cold surfaces
  • cushion or pillow to sit on during the seated mantra meditation. so we can commit to being still without discomfort. Use pillows or blocks if you have any to support the knees and back. It might be helpful to sit against a wall.
  • a blanket or warm covering to lie under during the lying visualisation, and socks; it is important to keep warm so the mind can focus on meditation and not the fact that the body is getting colder!
  • an eye pillow or scarf to cover the eyes during the lying visualisation.

Additional information

Collection

Iso-somatic Sessions

Artist

Jasmin Sheppard

Title

Body in Place

Bio

Jasmin is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and director, a Tagalaka Aboriginal woman with Irish, Chinese and Hungarian ancestry.

Jasmin spent 12 years with Bangarra Dance Theatre, performing numerous lead roles such as 'Patyegarang', in which critics described her performance as “powerfully engaging, fluent dexterity” (Sydney Morning Herald). She choreographed one major work for the company, ‘MACQ’, on the 1816 Appin Massacres under Governor Macquarie which toured Australian capital cities, regional Australia and Germany. In 2012 Jasmin was nominated for an Australian Dance award for ‘Best Female Contemporary Dancer’, and her work ‘MACQ’ was nominated for a Helpmann Award for best dance work as a part of ‘OUR Land People Stories’ in 2017, and in 2018 received a Helpmann for Best Regional Touring Program.

Other works include: ‘No Remittance’ for Legs On The Wall and ‘Choice Cut’ for Yirramboi festival, which was presented at Toronto’s Fall For Dance North Festival, 2019.

Jasmin will premier her first full length work “The Complication of Lyrebirds” in 2020 at Campbelltown Arts Centre. This work was also supported by The Australia Council for the Arts in conjunction with CAC and Native Earth Theatre Company, Toronto.

In 2020 Jasmin will create works for: NAISDA Dance College, Sydney Dance Company’s PPY program, and Catapult Dance.

Her work is passionate, political and has been described as “surreal and highly evocative” (The Australian).

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