Hi! I'm Ashtara Kukuk.
I am a Somatic Coach, Movement Guide, and DJ.
I work in the realms of Somatic Artistry.
My mission is to help people move their bodies as a way to process emotions, regulate, relax, and feel the wholeness of themself.
Since I was 3 years old, dance has been my personal lifeline as a means for me to heal, find myself (again & again), and commune with the divine. I bring others into their bodies in order for them to do the same.
I see our body as a gateway to ancient memory and future co-creation.
I see movement as a missing link in our collective evolution.
I see our authentic expression as the truth that will bring us all HOME.
Come dance with me, and dance into the Great Mystery.
After graduating from James Madison MSU in 2013 with a degree in International Relations,
I chose the path of spiritual & self-discovery as my primary interest (I am a Pisces to the core after all 🐠😉). . .
Living in Yoga Ashrams, studying ceremony in Central America, training as a counselor in Internal Family Systems (IFS)
& MANY other endeavors dedicated to what I call Gnosis (Self-Knowing).
These journeys led me to uncovering both deeper aspects of the Great Mystery within myself (& each of us)
& fueling my passion for serving the hearts & minds of others.
Because before all of this.... I had tried the working within "the system"
to make an impact towards the global change my heart knew was needed.
I had interned at various Global Agencies, such at the European Union, International Court Tribunals, and a non-partisan Think Tank called The Century Foundation in NYC.
Every place left me feeling that it wasn't the systems that would make the change our Western Culture needed,
it was that the people running the systems needed healing of their bodies, souls and hearts to be
the empowered leaders we desperately need.
Only those operating from wholeness can truly be beneficial leaders to our collective.
But unfortunately, I often saw that it was hurt people trying to lead others & it was so clearly not working.
So I knew that if I wanted to be a Great Leader, and help create other Great Leaders we needed to COME HOME to our body, our emotions and our intuitions.
Dance was my lifelong hobby, turned profession, & overall greatest Passion for
moving my energy, writing new stories of empowerment, and praying with my body.
It was the mediation that brought me into myself rather than spiraling out to a million stories of pain & hurts.
It was through the expression of those hurts turned into fuel for inspiration.
While I had turned professional dancer at age 16, & began to travel working for the Universal Dance Association at age 18, it was finding practices like Ecstatic Dance & Contact Improv at age 23 that truly awakened me to the healing and spiritual experience of community dance.
I dove into them fully; training and touring for this purpose alone.
I learned to feel safe being touched and touching others,
I learned intimacy,
& I first-hand experienced the power of these ancient practices of
Song & Dance that upheld societies from the beginning of time.
Movement is a foundation to how I support people both individually & in groups.
I am so passionate about the healing of our species.
The re-empowerment of our humanity.
The remembrance of our Conscious Creator roll in the fabric of existence.
I guide others home to this remembrance, this crystal heart of service, out of pain/trauma/victim into the fullness of who YOU are.
You are the answer to your greatest prayers.
Let's work & play together to remember what that truly means.
Send me an email today if any of my journey sparked remembrance of pieces of your story or if you'd like support in the process of Calling Your Soul Back Home.
I AM WITH YOU 100% through your darkness and your light.
All Is Welcomed.