FMT: What makes In the Grace of Fire different from your live performances?
B: There is no live audience: It’s literally
me and the Divine. Having not had much
experience with dancing purely for recording, I approached the filming experience
like a dance with the Divine. I performed
the dances from beginning to end without
stopping and repeated them a number of
FMT: What has been the response to the
DVD thus far?
B: The response I have received is much
more than I had hoped. People feel inspired
by the invitation to embody the Transcendent fully: in both peace and passion as
outlined in the five stages of the path in the
DVD. People tell me that seeing this helps
them to live knowing that everything that
happens in our lives is an act of Grace, or
in other words, to live love.
FMT: Speak about your collaboration with
both Rumi and Andrew Harvey.
B: The poet Rumi has always been my spiri-
tual guide and teacher. He brought An-
drew and I together at Kripalu in 2007,
when we began teaching and perform-
ing the five stages of the spiritual path as
set forth by Rumi – The Call, Falling in
Love, The Dark Night, Union, and Living
as the Lover. Collaborating with Andrew
has been an amazing journey as he so
passionately and utterly has given all of
himself to our offering, supporting me so
completely along the way and encourag-
ing me to take flight.
FMT: How does your study of Chinese
Medicine and healing connect with your
work in music and dance?
B: I approach dance and music as a way
to heal, to become whole. Chinese medi-
cine teaches us about the management of
our energy, the meridians being like our
energy flow channels and focal points.
My teaching is in part based on merid-
ian energy flow, and I have also developed
movements for each of the seven bodily
chakras. I dance with the intention of be-
ing open to that vast field of healing, and
by embodying myself fully in each moment
– thus being empty to channel light, love,
FMT: How does Yoga connect to dancing
B: The process of calling on the Beloved,
being open to heal and to be divine, be the
Oneness through dance – is a kind of Yoga.
In this manner, Yoga and dance for me are
connected processes in that they both develop and prepare the body to be a channel for light and love in the world, and one
is essential and integral to the other.
Banafsheh teaches regularly in her
current home city of Los Angeles as
well as throughout the world.
For more information on In the Fire
of Grace, Banafsheh’s teaching,
performance, and retreat schedule,
as well as her certification in Dance
of Oneness®, visit: Namah.net