Well, it’s already the second week in January! Can you believe it? I know I can’t. So hands up! Who’s already broken a new year resolution? Or maybe you didn’t even bother to make any. Either way, it doesn’t really matter because guess what dear reader?
You are a work in progress – your very own masterpiece – and you’re awesome!
Like any artist, poet, actor, writer or dancer you are in charge of your creation and you can begin, pause, restart, rest, give up, begin again, relax whatever but, hopefully, you’ll never truly stop working on being the best you really can be. Now, at the beginning of another brand new year, is probably the best time to consider your options and look for new, healthy, fun and exciting ways to improve your health and wellbeing. Have you ever considered belly dancing?
Belly dancing is a great way to tone up and a fun way to learn something new. As well as the massive physical benefits to your health and fitness ( it will improve your flexibility and core strength) the combination of music and exercise can uplift your mood and general sense of wellbeing. It will also aid your mental agility as you will be learning something new as you master a combination of different dance steps and routines. Did you know that the NHS recognises the value of learning to belly dance as a fitness routine? Here is a link to a series of belly dance videos to be found on their website.
The videos are a great introduction to the art of belly dance and will give you a flavour of what is involved but you will never beat the fun that is to be had at a dance class taught by an experienced teacher. She will be able to guide you and ensure that you are doing the moves correctly so that you get the most benefit. She will be able to explain the history of the dance and you will learn about a new culture. You will also be mixing with other women who will be able to support and encourage you and you will forge new friendships and develop other interests.
I have been learning to belly dance since last year and I can’t wait to get back again later this month after the festive break. I must admit that I do not have a background in dance and have spent a lifetime avoiding fitness routines like the plague but for me the joy of belly dance is immense and once you immerse yourself in it you will find it’s more than just a dance
Here is a link to Ishtar’s website, she’s my teacher and I can highly recommend her. Please, do yourself a favour and check it out.
May this be the start of an amazing journey of discovery about the dance, the music, the traditions, the customs, the community and the people as you learn the art of telling stories through movement. Most of all enjoy the enchantment of discovering yourself and your own story, perhaps the greatest story never told. But whatever you decide I wish you a very happy new year and an even happier new you.