Week Five already! This week – in the middle of pre-holiday craziness – use your random acts of bellydance to slow down, take some time for you, and relax.
1 : Practice snake arms while boiling the kettle.
Whether you do it for one day, or for the whole week, you may as well do something bellydance related while you wait for that hot cup of tea, coffee, milo, chocolate or whatever else you’re using that hot water for!
Practice them big, practice them small, practice them while visualising the movement winding its way out from your spine. Relax and flow.
2 : Sit back with YouTube and watch your favourite Golden Age dancer.
Here’s one of my (many) favourites, Tahia Carioca in ‘Shore of Love’. There are so many amazing dancers to watch. If you’re not sure where to start, check out ArabClassicFilms. You might want to set yourself a limit of 1 or 2 videos if you want to avoid falling into a YouTube hole of beautiful dancing!
3 : Take a moment to write a Gratitude List.
Amongst all the frantic preparations for celebrations, it can be easy to lose sight of what’s important. Remind yourself what is important to you, and what you have in your life that brings you comfort and joy. It doesn’t have to be long, or take a long time.
4 : Start a bellydance practice journal, or add a ‘Practice’ page to your regular diary or bullet journal.
Often it’s challenging to see how far you’ve come unless you can somehow track it. Follow your progress over the next few months and see how much you’ve improved!
5 : Lose yourself in a 5 minute melodic taqsim.
Let everything go, connect to the music and dance.
Wishing everyone who celebrates, a Happy Summer Solstice / Merry Christmas / Happy Yule / Happy Beginning of Hannukah … I’m sure there are a lot of mid-summer/mid-winter celebrations i’m missing – let me know!