Have you ever experienced one of those days, when no matter what you do, it seems like you can’t shift that dark cloud hovering over your head?
Here’s what: Now there’s an easy, fun and simple solution – all you have to do is belly dance!
Here is why:
- If your lifestyle dictates spending most of your day sitting down or where you do not get enough exercise and move about enough, your energy tends to ‘precipitate’ making you feel heavier, and denser affecting your mood.
- A simple belly dancing movement for 10 minutes a day can help shake blues away.
- Belly dancing involves moving hips, legs, and body to a rhythmic beat and this helps to dislodge any stagnant energies. It can effectively cleanse your aura and makes you feel lighter.
- When you belly dance, you transform heavier feelings into positive or vital energy (chi). The swirling and twirling also helps to vitalise the spine, as you feel warmer, keeping your spine, and body supple and receptive.
- Belly dancing, and other forms of dancing, has its roots in various spiritual practices. Initiates were taught how to have command over the physical body before command over the mind and subsequently over the spiritual domain.
- Making the mundane into something meditative is part of the Zen practice of being ‘mindful’ by focusing on the here and now.
- When you add physical movement to intent, it channels your focus in a particular way. When movement is meaningful; it becomes easier to feel dynamic and alive.
A few years ago my cousin Munira taught me few Ashtanga Yoga moves. The regime started with clasping the hands, stretching and holding the arms the arms above the head, with feet firmly planted on the ground then shaking the arms and legs to a fast rhythm. This wakes up the whole body energy and moves it up the spine towards the crown chakra. To help us maintain the stamina of the exercise regime, I turned the music on. Before long we knew it- we were both belly dancing!
- Take few minutes to practice this quick pick-me-up exercise at home or work.
- Stand with feet slightly apart and firmly on the ground.
- Bend your knees slightly and place your hands over your hops.
- Begin by shaking your legs continually for few minutes, building the time up as you practice.
- When you have mastered the leg shaking, intuitively add the movement of your arms.
- Be brave (draw the curtains) and add music!
- The best time to wake the body up with belly dance is the morning and mid-afternoon.
© Sahar Huneidi 2017
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