Align to your essence

Inhabit yourself more fully through body centred inquiry and practices, connecting with deeper self and the natural world to fully express your unique essence

A research on presence

Embodied Prana comes to life as an existential investigation aiming to research and provide tools, practices and services to explore the quest for self-knowledge and integration of body, mind, soul and the natural world. A platform for transformative education through individual and collective body centred inquiry and practice.

An invitation to experience ourselves beyond the confines of our physical existence, yet making it felt through the body. Discovering our own unique way of connecting with our true expression and the natural world.

This research comes as a result of many years of deep dive into somatic, therapeutic and contemplative practices with a strong purpose to bridge three dimensional reality with the invisible realms, the known & the mystical unknown world, opening up a world of magic and wonder.

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THE BACKBONE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The Elements

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We are Nature and Nature expresses itself within us through elemental forces that are the building blocks of manifested reality. These fundamental forces are all present in everything we know, every manifestation of life. Our beings are composed of all elements in different proportions that are very unique to each and every single one of us.

The elemental forces are the backbone of this research as they represent the building blocks of all creation. Knowledge of the elements helps us understand not only the laws of Nature but also the workings of our inner nature, our subtle bodies and our minds.

To understand the elements is to connect to our essence, touching the elemental qualities within so we can fully connect to our inner and outer reality. But beyond understanding them with our intellect, we are looking at experiencing them through the body, as our most valuable tool towards remembrance and expansion.

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THE PATHWAY TO THE EXPERIENCE

The Practices

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Nature and the elemental forces are the real teachers and the practices are the paths to experiencing our organic essence. Our practices are like gravity, drawing us closer to our center. They are the wings of our soul, necessary for our flight to freedom.

Through Movement, Touch, Breath and Sound, we aim to investigate and develop practices, individually and collectively, that are designed to expand ourselves beyond the limits of our skin, allowing us to step into an experience of life as sacred. These are the pillars sustaining the journey towards embodiment of our elemental nature.

Each of these pillars is complimentary, calling on the integration between mind, body and spirit to help us achieve a sense of unity and wholeness, leading to enhanced self-awareness and practical wisdom that will allow us to bring our full selves into the world…together!

Hey I’m Janaina Mendes

Founder of Embodied Prana

Movement and Nature are my first languages and dance is the poetry of these languages.

Woman, animal, wild tree, former whale, nomad and citizen of the world, endlessly researching life and questioning the cultural threads that bind us.

I’m a curious dancer, bodywork therapist, movement researcher, yoga educator, water therapist, artist, sound explorer. Researcher of the intricate connection of body, mind, spirit and Nature. Caregiver of the wild and fertile places within through movement, therapy and ritual. Constantly nourishing sensitive presence, connection and empathy.

Founder of the project “Embodied Prana” where I share internationally my existential research through my main areas of study and practice, based on the elemental forces that make up the animated world.

I believe that art, therapy, spirituality, ecology and philosophy are inseparable and have intrinsic connection, being the body and sound/voice big portals for expansion, transformation, revelations and revolutions.

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EARTH

Nourishing, grounding, stabilising, structuring

The element most present in our bodily structures such as bones and muscles. The structure that sustains our manifested physicality. Practices here address this body vehicle, from gross to subtle.

Bodywork: Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage)

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WATER

CONNECTING, FLOWING, CLEANSING, ADAPTING, SOFTENING

Represents the foundational aspects of life, nourishment and balance within body and mind. Aquatic practices teach us the art of continuous flow in a timeless space, aligning ourselves to the natural rhythms of the universe to cultivate a balanced, adaptable and authentic way of being.

Water therapy, Water Dance

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FIRE

Transforming, brightening, intensifying, ephemeral

A dynamic and transformative force present in the transformational processes that shape our experiences, both physically and spiritually. Symbolises the interplay of energies between the realms of reality. Our connection with spirit and consciousness.

Tantric Hatha Yoga

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AIR

Moving, expanding, freeing, unpredictable

A force that governs movement and expansion. Just as the wind can be gentle or forceful, so can be our internal and/or external movements. One of the ways in which life expresses itself is through movement. Air teaches us about the infinite possibilities of moving in multiple directions towards the expansion of ourselves and our perceptions, symbolising the quality of freedom.

Dance: Contact Improvisation, Ecoperformance

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ETHER

Immeasurable, omnipresent, subtle, expanding, formless

Represents the space from which all elements exist as vibrational frequencies. Sound (as vibration), as science now asserts and many ancient philosophies have before, is the framework of manifested reality, the source of all life. Primordial energy vibrating at different frequencies. Ether is the space that holds all these vibrations that create and shape our perception of the manifested reality.

Sound Healing, Voicing Beings, Tok Sen

“What if our religion was each other, if our practice was our life, if prayer our words?

What if the temple was the earth, if forests were our church, if wholy waters - the rivers, lakes and oceans?

What if meditation was our relationships, if the teacher was life, if wisdom was self-knowledge, if love was the center of our being?”

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