July 2017

Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Torres

Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Torres
will be in Cyprus July 11-19 - See below for Scheduled Events
There will also be pop-up events - so watch this space!

Brain Enhancement Through Ritual Dance - Dancing With The Soul

 

· Hosted by Tree Of Life Centre

 

Wednesday, July 12, 19;30-21;30 at The Tree of Life Centre - Larnaca

 

In the past 30 years of field research and experimental development of living ancient traditions, Dr. Torres has developed a practical application in the modern world for improving physical and mental health using ancestral and contemporary ways to improve brain function and inter-hemispheric abilities.

We do this by understanding and identifying neural circuitry involved in repeating and memorizing. Through specific rhythms which enhance visual, auditory and
kinestetic memory. We will also explore how our thoughts and emotions can block our ability to learn naturally.

In this 2 hour workshop,
Dr. Torres will share her research and offer participants an opportunity to experience a taste of traditional Mexican dance.

****Please book your place in advance.****
PLEASE CALL 24 821921/ 95 711801

 

Info & Directions:   https://www.facebook.com/treeoflifelearningcentre/

 

Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2sCqivt

 

Cost: €10

 

Women and the Feminine Principle in Pre- Hispanic Culture

  Hosted by Cyprus International Women of Today

 

 Friday, 14 July, 10:00- 12:30 at R Place in Fasoula

 

In this illustrated lecture,
Dr. Torres, expert in the little-known ancient wisdom of Mexica culture, will share her research  on a social structure with balance between women and men.

Cost €8 for
CIWOT
members, €12 for guests

 

Please click "Going" if you will come. Please share this event with your friends. http://bit.ly/2tVK4pD or email: francescapinoni@gmail.com

 

 

Directions:

From Mesa Geitonia roundabout in Limassol, take the exit to Fasoula. It is approximately a 10 minute drive to reach the village. Once at the village, drive straight until you reach the end of the road. R Place is the building to your right hand side on the corner, across the village square at the end of the road. Park on the street anywhere you find around the village square.  

 

 

 

Mesoamerican Ritual Dances
 

Saturday, 15 July, 11- 3:00, Troodos Mountains

 

Join this very special mountain gathering - Dr. Patricia will be our guide to experience the Ancient mystical tradition of Mesoamerican ritual dances that have real medical benefits that can be proved scientifically, not only on health issues, empowerment, reconnectedness, autonomy but also teach our body the notion of revitalization, relaxation and rest, becoming energetic souls at peace.

Meet at the sign for ALMIROLIVADO Picnic Site - GPS: 35-55'51" N, 35-54'9" E - Near Troodos Village

If you are coming up from Nicosia or Limassol – via Saitas – you will see this picnic site about 2 k BEFORE reaching Troodos Square.

Cost 10 Euros. Bring a picnic, water, etc. Drums & rattles.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErhrJXWG0fo&feature=related

Please click "Going" if you will come. Please share this event with your friends. http://bit.ly/2sCG21q or email: francescapinoni@gmail.com

The Healing Power of Dance

 

·Hosted by R Place

 

Tuesday, July 18  - 19:00 - 22:00

 

Ancient mystical tradition of Mesoamerican ritual dances have real medical benefits that can be proved scientifically, not only on health issues, empowerment, reconnectedness, autonomy but also teach our body the notion of revitalization, relaxation and rest, becoming energetic souls at peace.

 

In this workshop, Dr. Torres will share her intimate knowledge of the meaning and benefits of these traditional dances and lead participants into their own persona experience.

 

Cost €10

 

Please click "Going" if you will come. Please share this event with your friends.http://bit.ly/2tCe86V or email: francescapinoni@gmail.com

 

Directions:

From Mesa Geitonia roundabout in Limassol, take the exit to Fasoula. It is approximately a 10 minute drive to reach the village. Once at the village, drive straight until you reach the end of the road. R Place is the building to your right hand side on the corner, across the village square at the end of the road. Park on the street anywhere you find around the village square.  

Mesoamerican Dance – the root of many dances we know & love

 

Latin Emotion Dance Studio - Eleftherias 115, Limassol, Cyprus ( near the Castle)

https://www.facebook.com/LatinEmotionCy/

 

Thursday, July 20th  9:45 – 12:00

Dr. Patricia Torres from Mexico, world renowned expert in anthropology, psychology and ritual dance, will lead this experiential workshop explaining the roots of the dance and leading us in a circle of joy and healing.

If you love Latin Dance – don’t miss this opportunity to learn about its roots from a true master.

Cost  €10.

About Dr. Torres:

 

Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Torres Villanueva, Mexican nationality, studied psychology, sociology, philosophy at the UNAM, Mexican National Autonomous University, Linguistics at El Colegio de Mexico. She started her research career as a post doctoral MRC Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Anthropological Research Institute in 1976, and has been primarily concerned on experimental investigation of intergroup relations, working collaboratively with people in their community contexts to focus psychological aspects of dance and rituals as a form of therapy and life enhancement in contemporary society.

 

She has been active in presenting her research at professional meetings worldwide and teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses. Her research areas include neuropsychological approaches to cognition, the interplay of feeling and thinking, the role of reasoning and the communicative underpinnings of self reports of attitudes and behaviours. Brain enhancement thru neuronal stimulation of both hemispheres, osteogenic exercise, gerontology and stress management. Within this framework she has been invited by Chambers of Commerce, Governmental, Private Sectors and Multinational Enterprises to give consultative seminars on Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management and Team Work Training.

 

She lectures extensively and has subsequently made a wide range of broadcasts on TV and Radio. She conducts and presents a series of programmes on anxiety and depression and makes a major contribution to the communication among women concerning menopause and climaterium.

 

She has held visiting, research and teaching positions at several Universities in Europe and Latin America. Within her consistent research interest of cross cultural psychology, she learned ritual and healing dances from communities in New Zealand, Africa, Australia, Fiji, Rarotonga, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia. Visited ashrams in India and Nepal, Zen And Tibetan Monasteries in Bhutan, Tibet, China and Japan, She began a longstanding interest in neuropsychological effects on neurotransmitters and their chemical reaction to specific rhythmical dances applied to reduce stress, depression, insomnia, migraine, anxiety and remarkable improvement of bone density as well as better performance of activities in the brain.

The Healing Power of Dance

 

Ancient mystical tradition of Mesoamerican ritual dances have real medical benefits that can be proved scientifically, not only on health issues, empowerment, reconnectedness,  autonomy but also teach our body the notion of revitalization, relaxation and rest, becoming energetic souls at peace.

 

Consciousness and awareness, the main central focus of our dancing, enhance the abilities of multiple intelligence.

 

The emotional imbalance caused by our stressed way of life since early childhood and sometimes before birth, in family, education, work, religion and society, affects our thinking processes. We are prone to be competitive even with oneself and the central objective will always be to reconnect with the self,  not to compete, to compare with others, and avoid being distracted.  Our innermost feelings of sadness, fear, and anger will flourish but also joy and love.  We want to better ourselves, but no demands, no struggle, we learn to be patient with oneself, not indulging  but understanding and caring. We dance not for recognition, or applause, countless hours of training will only give us happiness and health.

 

We perform barefoot, our musical instruments consist of standing and hand drums, stones, gourds, no metal, no strings, the natural beat of cosmos, the sound of conch shells.  We accompany our practice with natural flowers, fruits, and vegetables reminding us our interconnectedness with nature.

 

This ritual of reconnecting with the elements is cresting at a cultural moment when noise and agitation are everywhere.  Portable radios blaring as the sound track for robot slaves, TV and radios, louder as they can be, are socially accepted but the drums, which connect us with the beating of our hearts, are generally rejected and abused. People trussed to headphones, plugged into a chat room, or their cell phone beeping anywhere, at the church, the trains, the underground, the bus, the theatre, the movies, even at the classroom,  have been accepted as a modern sign of progress and status.

 

In this modern maelstrom mexhica dances seems at first nonsense, so simple, but this  repetitive rhythms  slowly induce to stasis and silence, inspire us to know oneself and find within the will of power, decision, discipline and persistence, which are a bliss in this frenzy everyday lifestyle.

 

Desperate patients consult half a dozen specialists and get half a dozen conflicting opinions.  Our dances improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance and promote creativity and tranquility. The folks in urgent need of cure to stress, migraine, insomnia, nagging back and neck ache, irritability and depression can observe immediate results out of this ritual.

 

Testimonials from dance therapy patients all over the world include losing weight, quit smoking, leaving anxiety and irritability behind,   conquered my fear of flying or some other phobia.  We are more centered as a team, we have solved conflicts, or it has improved my daughter’s or son’s grades and attitudes.  I make decisions more effectively.

 

Postmenopausal women are contentiously rejuvenated.  Thru these repetitious steps, our brain receives messages, which are transmitted to the neuro-endocrine axis (the line of glands that include the pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid and adrenals) to bring into balance whatever hormones are askew, thus alleviating the insomnia and mood swings that often accompany menopause.

 

We know that a high percentage of the maladies that people suffer from have at least some component of stress in them, repressed anger, sadness, joy, love or fear.  This causes a rise of blood pressure, the release of catecholamines (neurotransmitters and hormones that regulate many of the body’s metabolic processes).

 When catecholamine levels are high there tends to be more platelet aggregation, which makes a heart attack more likely.

 

Our dances have side effects which show better strength, better balance, better mood, peace of mind, agility, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and stronger bones, since we improve bone density, thus preventing osteoporosis.   It is a natural health system, physical, mental and emotional, once you learn the basics, you are autonomous, and you can do it whenever you are free, at home, in the gym, in the park, with a group, alone or on weekend retreats. Very little equipment is needed and you can help yourself to avoid expensive, invasive surgical and pharmacological interventions.

 

It does not take long before this ritual dances from such a distant culture prove to be effective, the Mexhica philosophy believes we are all equal in the four corners of the world, our skin color may vary but our innermost feelings, desires and values are universal.  When this happens, it is a deep empowerment, like suddenly knowing in your bones, your thoughts and your heart the foreign language you have been studying for weeks or months, connecting you and your soul, with the world surrounding us in an embracing love for yourself and sharing with others.