About the PathFor Series

Under the name ‘Maya Gandaia‘ (which translates as ‘Illusion to Joy’), we devised ‘The PathFor Series’: as a series of 7 workshops inspired by the Chakra system to help us to step out of the illusions which hold us back from being our true superhero selves. The PATHFOR Series were originally developed on Ella Mesma Company to facilitate the telling of the performers stories and dealing with all the stuff that comes up in the studio in a way that was healing, affirming and helped the dancers access the beautiful place of vulnerability where the magic happens. Then we realised that this series was like a powerful gateway for healing: a PATHFOR for those who want to open it: with the potential for healing, self-reflection and growth. They are a PATHFOR our journey bring us back home to our authentic self. They are our PATHFOR true CREATIVE expression.

The PathFor Series workshops are:


MULADHARA (Root Chakra) | GROUNDING AND FEARLESSNESS “The ache for home lives in all of us: the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” Maya Angelou

This workshop is for you if you are interested in further understanding how your fear, and your subconscious thoughts are holding you back!


ANAHATA (Heart Chakra)| GIVE AND RECEIVE “The more love we feel in our hearts, the more it will be brought to us” Deepak Chopra

This workshop is for you if you would like to welcome more abundance in all aspects of your life and want to raise your vibration into one of self love!


SVADISTHANA (Sacral Chakra) | PLEASURE, BOUNDARIES AND SHADOWS “I live in a queendom, ruled by a womb-iverse.” Erykah Badu

This workshop is for you if you would like to explore boundaries, the masks you wear and experience more joy and pleasure!


VISHUDDHI (Throat Chakra) | SELF EXPRESSION “Reclaim your potent voice, filling in the past silences” Tererai Trent

This workshop is for you if you would like to have some fun expressing yourself and using your voice!


AJNA (Third Eye Chakra) | INTUITION “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” Maya Angelou

This workshop is for you if you would like to work on your intuition!


MANIPURA (Naval Chakra) | CONFIDENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

This workshop is for you if you would like to remembering who you really are!


SAHASRARA (Crown Chakra) |CONNECTED THROUGH ALL TIME AND SPACE “I am connected to everyone through all time and space” William Whitecloud

This workshop is for you if you would like to vibrate the cosmos!

If chakras are blocked this keeps us from flowing freely in our lives, from creating, from taking control of our lives. Each lower chakra corresponds to an upper chakra, and so we like to run our sessions in this order to achieve balance, and each time we move up to a new chakra raising a higher vibration.

The origin of the rainbow chakras and the kundalini serpent derive from the Yoruba Orisha system of ancient West Africa, deified in the divinity Oshumare and that is why the PathFor series focus on the dances of these deities as well as movement styles and artistic mediums to allow us to connect with our pure creative spirit.