This paper focuses on what I have termed Somatic Cultural Praxis, meaning cultural phenomena that strives to cultivate and express the union of body, mind, and spirit. The paper begins by offering a contextual history to how somatic being, or wholeness of self, came to be lost as a U.S. priority through the forces of capitalism and discrimination. It then describes the case studies of the embodied history of somatic oppression and resistance of United States women and African Americans. Each case study describes the institutionalized somatic segmentation and discrimination against the group discussed, and then explores the resistive dance forms- or somatic cultural praxes- that fight to keep the body, mind, and spirit intact. The dances discussed include the work of Anna Halprin and Steve Paxton, the slave era dance “The Ring Shout” and House dancing. The paper’s main goal is to create awareness of those larger cultural forces that maybe inhibiting sensation, understanding, and peace within the self, and to advocate for wellness, interconnection, and acknowledgment of powers of the whole human being.