About Us

mary-jones-pictureCaraMayan is a way of moving to the Bible for exercise, fitness, worship and prayer.  It is a Christian alternative to Yoga and Tai Chi based on dance and pilates movement.

CaraMayan  has been a vision of Mary Jones over a number of years and was taught by her at International Christian Dance Fellowship conferences and workshops. The first DVDs were made in 2009 and launched at the International conference in Scotland as a system of movement meditation that could be widely available for people to learn and teach around the world.

Mary Jones OAM, B.A. Dip Ed., ATCL, Cert IV Assessment & Training is founder of the International Christian Dance Fellowship and former Dean of Dance Studies at Wesley Institute. She is presently director of CaraMayan and of the ICDF online Associate Diploma of Dance Ministry. She is available internationally to teach and train in different aspects of dance ministry as well as CaraMayan.

The present sets of DVDs, CDs and book offer both instructions for each meditation and a demonstration to watch and exercise to. When the meditation is learnt it can also be done with  the CD. The book gives further explanation and detailed instructions (choreography) for each meditation which makes checking easy when moving to the CD.

Teacher training and certification is available.


  • CaraMayan comes from Hebrew words that mean to bow, and fountain, spring or well
  • CaraMayan brings peace, refreshment and focus to body, mind and spirit
  • CaraMayan exercises the body as it engages heart, mind and spirit
  • CaraMayan can be practiced outside or inside, by yourself or in a group
  • CaraMayan offers both standing meditations and a floor exercise program to music
  • CaraMayan is a pattern of movements and breathing that is set to a prayer or scripture
  • CaraMayan is based on movements derived from dance, Pilates and worship movements
  • CaraMayan is suitable for people of all ages. Dance or fitness experience is not necessary but is an advantage



Mary Jones unpacks a lifetime of experience integrating dance and Christian spirituality to create this long awaited resource 
Dr Colin Harbinson, International Director, Stoneworks

This resource gives instructions for moving out scriptures in a meditative way that will be healthy for the body, encouraging for the soul and inspiring for the spirit. 
Paula Douthett, Director, Sacred Dance Ministries International

I am finding it really calming doing the meditations – really centering. I feel that I have brought some peace and freedom with me in them.
An Aid Worker in Central Asia

I was very down and depressed today… and your DVD has helped me and ministered to me.
A young mother

“I realised that it is a very powerful statement when we put our words into action and movement. It also helps us to remember God’s word.”  A workshop participant

“I work in an office and sit a lot. Recently I started having some back pain. CaraMayan was just what I needed. I’ve never experienced combining exercising with scripture meditation before and it was a blessing.”  A workshop participant







CaraMayan uses easy dance movements to express the meaning of words of scripture. The movements are slow and repeated giving time for prayer and reflection.

CaraMayan brings peace, refreshment and focus to body, mind and spirit.

CaraMayan comes from Hebrew words that mean to bow, and fountain, spring or well

Ps 95:6
Come let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.

Isaiah 12:3
Surely God is my salvation
I will trust and not be afraid,
the Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song
He has become my salvation (from Ex.15).

With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

In that day you will say:
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted’.

John 4:13
Jesus answered: “Everyone who drinks this
water will be thirsty again, but whoever
drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become
in him a spring of water welling up to
eternal life.”

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