LERIE SHELKAR (PEMANAGPO)
Lerie is a dancer, mix-media artist, psychologist and movement facilitator living in Zürich. Her three homelands are Russia, Northern India and Switzerland.
Her journey towards embodiment practices and psychotherapy began at the early age. Because of her family, Lerie was exposed
to various types of bodywork, including yoga, different types of meditation and holotropic breathwork personally with Stanislav Grof. Eventually she found a quintessence of her psyche-soma connection research in Japanese Butoh dance.
After completing her licentiate in philosophy in Saint-Petersburg, Lerie moved to Dharamsala, Northern India, to train in an immersive butoh school in Dharamsala, India. She also studied with several butoh teachers around the world, including Atsoushi Takenouchi, Ken Mai, Migui Mandalasol, Flavia Ghisalberti, Valentin Tzin and others.
During her many years in India she intensively studied Eastern philosophies, medicine and astrology, did apprenticeship with Ayurveda therapist, learned classical Tibetan massage, psychosomatic diagnostic and ResoTouch.
Lerie has done her visual installations and performances in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and India.
Since 2016 she's a part of IAAP International Jungian training programme in ISAP Zürich.
We often think about mind and body as of two separate continuums or dimensions of being. While this might or might not ontologically be true, I prefer to think about the two as of the great Resonance. Resonance is a physical phenomenon that occurs when one object is vibrating at the same natural frequency as another one, forcing the second object into same vibration. When two sound waves resonate, it means that their natural frequencies match, amplifying and prolonging the sound. Putting it simply, to resonate means to involve and be involved into one another's natural way of being.
As much as the mind affects the body, everything that happens in the body profoundly affects the mind.
This resonance of the two fundamental dimensions – Psyche and Soma – is what I call Life.
This is why neither my therapeutical nor my artistic approach excludes one or the other. In my workshops and private sessions, I combine the techniques of Jungian analytical psychology and embodiment practices.
“Having a body that is like a musical instrument, open enough to be able to resonate, literally resonate with what is coming both from the inside and from the outside, so that one is able to surrender to powers greater than oneself”
— Marion Woodman