In a wide-open, candlelit room at Casa Bagus on Clayton Rd., world techno music plays as several people shake their bodies with no discernible order. They don't move in coordination with the music nor each other. They just shake, at moments gently, at others wildly, and every few minutes a chant or a grunt is heard.
|Shaking the Foundations|
|Ratu Bagus wants You to SHAKE!|
This is bio-energy meditation, or "shaking" meditation as it's more commonly known, a fairly new practice that has just arrived in St. Louis.
"[Shaking meditation] is about connecting to an energy that's available to everybody," Dieter Pauwels, a life coach and business consultant who leads the class, tells Daily RFT.
Pauwels tells students to slightly bend their knees, keep their feet in place, put hands forward, and use the small of their back to push their body into a shaking motion that's is reminiscent of somebody twerking passionately in a very enclosed space. As students shake, they're encouraged to chant - this helps them stay focused. More »