Believe it or not moving slow keeps you healthy. I know some of you just read that and said to yourself, “yeah right, like I have time to slow down”. How can one move slow with crazy deadlines, managing a household, taking care of children, along with doing your best to keep your life in check especially now with the holidays quickly approaching. Moving slow along with climbing Mt. Everest seems like it should be put on your list of the top five most challenging things to do before you die. Trust me, I feel your angst.
So if moving slow is actually good for you, how can one begin to approach this concept in real life? Some would suggest joining a yoga class, taking up tai chi, or even a tantric belly dance class. “Oh no she didn’t, my schedule is already jam packed into next Christmas, now you expect me to do yoga and some tantric belly dancing?” “My body can’t even begin to do any of that stuff.” “What is tantric belly dance any way?” “Is tantric belly dance PG-13 at least?” Relax, there is nothing to fear. Tantric belly dance is safe and simple. If you have mobility in any or all of the physical faculties of your body, you and your mama can essentially do this. Tantric belly dance is the perfect marriage of hatha yoga and simple, rhythmic core movements of belly dance. This kind movement helps one to develop your physical nature and your psychic energy centers, also know as your chakras. Tantric belly dance can help you connect with your softer, sensual side as well as heighten your “female intuition” and bring more awareness of self.
There is substantial evidence in research that shows how slow movement along with mind, body awareness has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular cardiovascular exercise. Some experts suggest that slow movement exercise increase the parasympathetic relaxation response, which in turn, reduces the stress response. This type of movement also promotes immune function that inhibits inflammation and stimulates healing. Something like tantric belly dance can help to expose any pain or trauma that our bodies may be holding, therefore activating your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to bring healing to those affected areas. Women from all walks of life could benefit tremendously from slow movement exercises like tantric belly dance. It fosters a creative experience in which you can learn to meet and recognize yourself and others through the exploration of your body through movement.
For me, dance and creative movement were always my healthy escape. Being that I was a child who witnessed domestic violence all through out my childhood, I used dance to take my mind off the trauma I was experiencing at home. I was a latch key kid and I was not allowed to participate in after school activities. Being that I was alone for a good four to six hours every day after school, the television was my companion in a sense. I would watch all of the popular music videos on MTV and BET (this was when music videos were still somewhat PG-13) record them, learn and rehearse all of the phrases of choreography featured in the video. So in a sense, the natural healing mechanisms, that I mentioned earlier, became active for me at an early age. This then stuck with me through high school into my early adult life in college. I was fortunate enough to be a principle dancer in New Works World Traditions Dance Ensemble at Brown University. It was there I learned more about structured choreography and how to create and combine modern dance with traditional African and other ethnic dance movements.
Fast forward to now I have since completed my 200hr yoga teacher certification, created my own home yoga studio and yoga consulting service called Yoga Selah. I have now coupled my love and passion for creative movement with my new found knowledge of yoga and created a wonderful workshop series called “The Art of Tantric Belly Dance”. The great thing about a workshop is that you can get a condensed, yet impactful, experience of connecting the mind, body and spirit through movement. This could be a good option for those who are not yet ready to commit to a weekly class series, but none the less know they need to get some slow motion in their life (lol). Everyone from novices to those with advanced movement experience can engage each other non- judgmentally and meet each other right where they are. I’m glad to announce that I will be hosting the first workshop at JMK Pole Fitness Studios in Pawtucket, RI on Saturday, December 11th. You can find out more info about this event by checking out my blog at www.trurootswellness.blogspot.com,www.yoga-selah.com, or www.jmkennedyentertainment.com.
This Article was written by Sata Jallah our Yoga Specialist. To Learn more you can visit her blog.