Dancing Mindfulness: A Phenomenological Investigation of the Emerging Practice

Explore (NY). Sep-Oct 2015;11(5):346-56. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2015.07.001. Epub 2015 Jul 2.


An extensive review of both quantitative and qualitative literature reveals numerous connections between mindfulness practice and psychological well-being. Dancing Mindfulness, as a holistic wellness practice, is a creative approach to mindfulness meditation that draws on dance as the vehicle for engaging in the ancient practice characterized by non-judgment, loving kindness, and present-centered awareness. Of the first participants who learned the Dancing Mindfulness practice in a community-based setting, 10 shared their lived experience with the practice, and these experiences were analyzed using A.P. Giorgi׳s descriptive phenomenological psychological method. As a collective sample, the women described positive experiences with the Dancing Mindfulness practice. Specific themes indicated improvements in emotional and spiritual well-being, increased acceptance, positive changes to the self, and increased application of mindfulness techniques and strategies to real-world living. Another thematic area suggested that dancing and music are the two major components of action within Dancing Mindfulness leading to these benefits.

Keywords: Dance; body awareness; bodyfulness; mindfulness; phenomenology; wellness.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Awareness
  • Dancing*
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Holistic Health
  • Humans
  • Meditation*
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mind-Body Relations, Metaphysical
  • Mindfulness*
  • Music
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Concept
  • Spirituality
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Young Adult