Gift yourself some self-care and avoid the holiday-cringe! Learn self-soothing techniques through belly dance shimmies and gentle waves.
This event is FREE and open to York University community only.
Belly dance is an act of celebration designed for all bodies and abilities. In this trauma-informed workshop participants will be able to increase their movement capacity, by exploring basic belly dance techniques such as shimmies, isolations, undulations, traveling steps and poses. Belly dance is both a cultural art form as well as mindfulness tool that has been linked to benefits such as improve mood, cognition and stress reduction. Participants will get to experience belly dance not just as a recreational exercise, but one that has builds towards greater resiliency and mind-body integration.
This workshop is open to any level of experience. This is a moderate level of range in movement, including arm and leg extensions and floor-work involved as well as emphasis on cardio. This workshop is designed to be gentle enough for those with injuries or limited mobility. The instructor will provide as many adaptable dance options as possible.
What to Bring:
Reusable water-bottle. Bathrooms are available on the same floor, for to change into comfortable work-out clothes. Note shoes are not allowed in the studio. Hip scarves will be available for use.
Please register in advance as spots are limited. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register for your spot. You will be asked to provide your student number or employee id (staff/faculty), however your information will be kept confidential.
This summer, take yourself (or a group of friends) on a self-care date and sign up for a specialized workshop focusing on key foundational movements found in belly dance traditions that awaken new patterns in the body to access self-soothing and de-stressing techniques. Participants will learn to integrate new movement techniques and mini dance-combos as new ways to practice self-care.
...Belly dance also has the potency of helping us find deep stillness through gentle wave work allowing an inner exploration of quietness.
Through a series of demos and group movement practices this workshops aims to strengthen new tools to respond to signs of stress and anxiety. By tuning into our nervous system, we can make empowered decisions that benefit us personally and strengthen our resiliency. Props, objects and sensory tools will also be provided.
This workshops focuses on some key foundation movements found in belly dance traditions that awaken new patterns in the body to access self-soothing. This workshop is an exploration and celebration of the body. It is open to all bodies, regardless of dance experience. Belly dance is both a practice that empowers community participation allowing pleasure and enjoyment of sensual movements in an energized atmosphere. Belly dance also has the potency of helping us find deep stillness through gentle wave work allowing an inner exploration of quietness. This workshop will be combination of flirty, up-beat movements that celebrate our delicious selves as well as an exploration of the self-soothing aspects that can help down-regulate our stress responses and nervous systems. We encourage guests to wear comfortable clothing for movement or clothes that allow them to feel their most sparkliest!
*Hip scarves will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own as well.