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Tantra & Contact Improvisation
with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT)
8 open classes of 3 hours each in Tantra & Contact Improvisation in Vienna 2014


The third eye, ajna chakra: Sun. January 19th, 2014, 3-6 p.m. at PRANA
Energies of the heart: Sun. March 2nd, 2014, 3-6 p.m. at FOCUS
Pelvis / mooladhara chakra: Sun. April 13th, 2014, 3-6 p.m. at PRANA
Pelvis / swadhistana chakra: Sun. May 11th, 3-6 p.m. at FOCUS
Centre, middle/ manipura chakra: Sat. June 7th, 3-6 p.m. at FOCUS
How to deal with aggression: Sun. Oct. 5th, 2014, 4-7 p.m. at PRANA
Oneness: Sat. Nov. 15th, 2014, 3-6 p.m. at FOCUS
Inner freedom: Sun. Dec. 7th, 2014, 3-6 p.m. at PRANA

It's possible to participate on your own or to come with your partner(s).
For women, men and transgender!
For beginners and people advanced in Contact Improvisation as well as beginners and people advanced in Tantra.
Feel free to join the whole series of classes or just a few or just one.
The class is held in German and English.

ATTENTION: Four classes take place at PRANA Yoga-Studio and four at FOCUS! Both studios are located in the 7th district in Vienna, quite close to each other

Sun. January 19th, 2014, 3-6 p.m.: The third eye, ajna chakra
We experience Ajna Chakra, the third eye, in the quality of intuition, creativity and expression.
In ajna chakra sensual and emotional awareness as well as motor and intellect get connected.
We activate the third eye through kundalini yoga exercises ( by Swami Satyananda Saraswati) and get in touch and dance with others from that place.

Sun. March 2nd, 2014,, 3-6 p.m., 3-6 p.m.: Energies of the heart / anahata chakra
In meditation, through mindful touch and dancing we find a connection to the space of our heart and the energies of the heart. The space of heart consists of both the anatomical and the energetical heart and comprises the area of the chest and of the breasts. We listen to the space of our heart, enabling us to dance and live connected to it.

Sun, April 13th, 2014, 3-6 p.m.: Pelvis / mooladhara chakra
We experience the 1st chkara, the root chakra, through a kundalini yoga exercise (by Swami Satyananda Saraswati). In tantra, mooladhara chakra is the seat of kundalini shakti (energy). Mooladhara chakra is the base, from which higher realization might arise. Through conscious breathing, through mindful touching and dancing we experience the pelvis and the womb with their warmth, their fluids and energies.

Sun, May 11th, 3-6 p.m.:
Pelvis / swadhistana chakra
We experience the 2nd chakra with Kundalini Yoga exercises (by Swami Satyananda Saraswati). Through conscious breathing, through mindful touching and dancing we experience the pelvis and the womb with their warmth, their fluids and energies..
We use the energy of the 2nd chakra for dancing,, on your own or with a partner. We use this energy for a spiritual experience.

Sat June 7th, 3-6 p.m.: Centre, middle/ manipura chakra
We activate the navel chakra with Kundalini Yoga exercises (by Swami Satyananda Saraswati). The centre of the body, is the place of vital power. How do I move from the centre of my body? The relation of the centre of my body to the centre of another body is quite important in dancing contact improvisation.

Sun. Oct. 5th, 2014, 4-7 p.m.: How to deal with aggression
Emotions are welcome to emerge. They might be felt in their full intensity, without acting them out. If I am in a flow and my body is open, each emotion - joy, anger, hatred, anxiety - passes by after some time, like a wave reaching its trough after passing its peak.
To use aggression as an activating strength, without hurting yourself or others, is the ability we might gain.
Aggression addressed to me can be deflected or sent back to the aggressor. The premise for that is to realize my own limits and boundaries and to respect them with a loving eye or, if I want to, to transform them.

Sat. Nov. 15th, 2014, 3-6 p.m.: Oneness
Experiencing being one with the space around us in dancing, we establish the foundation for feeling oneness with the world and the universe. Dancing we transcend the limits of our ego, and experience connectedness.

Sun. Dec. 7th, 2014, 3-6 p.m.: Inner freedom
If I am detached inwardly and don't cling to the moment, I can give all of myself to love and in that way experience inner freedom. We practise inner freedom and surrender in our dancing.
If I have empathy with others and have realized that concepts and dogmas that often seem so compelling, are, finally, replaceable, I am free.

COSTS: Euro 30,- per class
On May 11th (Mother's Day) mothers pay half of the price!

The classes are held in German and English.

Yoga-Studio, Mariahilferstraße 82, 2nd yard, 1rst floor, studio 1, 1070 Wien
January 19th, April 13th, Oct. 5th, and Dec. 7th

FOCUS Neubaugasse 44 / staircase 2 / top 12, 1070 Wien
March 2nd, May 11th, June 7th and Nov. 15th

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION: Sabine Sonnenschein T.: 0043-650-3197237


(*1970, AT) has been choreographer and performer since 1992 and has had a tantric approach to life since 2004. She lives and teaches a fusion of tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life. She studied contemporary dance, theatre science, philosophy and history of art. Her performances have been shown in Europe and NYC,
She has been involved with sensitizing the body since 1990, and Contact Improvisation since 1991. She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Cologne) and also lomi lomi nui. She was introduced to yin yang massage by Andro, has studied pelvic massage by K. Ruby; she has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmir yoga of touch by Daniel Odier. She studied "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer. She is sexologist in education, she studies the sexultherapeutic method Sexocorporel. In Vienna she has practiced tantric bodywork, wombhealing and tantric coaching with focus on sexuality since 2006. She gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at ImpulsTanz Vienna and at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. Sabine Sonnenschein has been teaching with the musician Günter Touschek since 2010. They organize "Dance & Tantra New Year" in Vienna. She also works together with Benno Enderlein (D) and Manuela Blanchard (CH).

  MORE: see below!  


Tantra means being connected with everything and not being separated.
Tantra is a way to recognize the transcended true self (aham), which is to be distinguished clearly from the ego and all its aims and limitations. Tantra liberates through anarchical detachment from rules, concepts, dogmas and pattern of behaviour.
The tantric cashmirian non dual shivaism facilitates the experience of expanding into infinite space. Awareness and presence are fostered.
Concrete tantric practices are: Observation of the breath, pranayama, meditation in movement, experiencing space, yoga of the mind, deliberate directing of the breath and of the energy in the body.
The following subjects are important in cashmirian tantrism:

- Experiencing the relation to the world as
sparsa (touching and being touched): Each sensory perception is based on being touched. Including seeing and hearing. Sparsa means sexual touch as well as being touched by the self (aham), the divine, the pure cit (consciousness). Spiritual comprehension is comprehension by being touched.
Sparsalaksmi (abundance of touch) is also known as highest goddess.


- Experiencing the world through the tantric perspective of spanda (vibration, vibration of the consciousness).
Spanda means vibration, vibration of the consciousness and shiver.
Spanda can be experienced through the physical expansion into space in connection with the breath.

Samavesa means penetration, immersion, permeation as well as receiving, absorbing.
In the spiritual dimension active immersion in your own true nature as well as being touched by the divine is referred to Samavesa. This leads to the experience of non duality connecting the interior with the exterior.
In the sensual erotic dimension samavesa means immersion as well as absorbing.

MORE: Interview with Sabine Sonnenschein



Contact Improvisation (CI) was developed in the US in the 1970s.
CI is a form of contemporary dance, where two or more people are in improvised movement while being in physical contact. Three-dimensional motions arise through playing with weight, push, momentum and impulse.
There is space for sensing, for opening the senses, for play, for the delight of the immediate, for surprise. Each motion emerges directly from the joint flow of movement.

"Contact Improvisation is a dance in which two (or more) people touch giving their physical weight as an exchange, as a form of communication. It is organized by attention. Touch is the sensory foundation for this giving. " (Nita Little in: ANOTHER POLITICS OF ATTENTION: Shifting Self-Sense, Shifting Time, 2013)

"Contact improvisation enables us to dance with a stranger without any need to arrange how to do it before. It is moving without aim or plan. Being in touch with a partner, sensing of both physical weights and devotion to the physical forces allow a mutual freedom of moving freely physically and mentally".
(Steve Paxton)

Basic skills like falling, rolling, taking weight, momentum and impuls in movement support freedom in expression and in communication. The dances that occur range from small and tender to big and acrobatically wild, depending on the moment, the actual encounter and the experience.
It is a dance form for everybody, in which human beings with the most diverse physical abilities meet each other on a common, equal ground to explore the spectrum of movement between them.


Photo on the right:
ECITE Europaen Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange 2012

Photos: (c) Robert John Peres, Günter Touschek, Christian Neher