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I am so so so so excited about this you guys! This month TBB will feature mini yoga classes for belly dancers by belly dancers that are also yoga instructors! Belly dance and yoga *in my opinion* are so intertwined and yoga can be the perfect supplement to your dance practice 🙂

This week the beautiful Shanti Vina takes us through some hip openers – so key for belly dance 😀

 

First, a bit about Shanti:

Shanti is a professional bellydancer and yoga teacher in Los Angeles, Ca.  She has been performing dance since the age of 5 years old.  Shanti found yoga 18 years ago has been a professional instructor for 14 years.  She has performed in bellydance companies for over 6 years and currently has a career as a soloist.  Shanti dances in 150 shows and teaches on average 300 classes a year including workshops.  She travels, performs and instructs worldwide.  Check out her website: www.shantivinalove.com or follow her on Facebook here and twitter @shantisuperstar.

Thank you so much Shanti for putting this video together!!!!

Watch Shanti’s 10 min hip opener mini class 😀

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBLzFDzBpoU]

Here is another great video by Shanti: 10 Mintue Fat Burning Bellydance Workout with Shanti Vina

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il0xQZbe4W8]
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L to R: Torkom, Kay, Ahmed, Me

 

Wow! I think I lost 5 pounds after Ahmed Hussien‘s Egyptian style workshop last night!

Ahmed started out with some pretty intense warm ups, during which he was cheering us on and making us laugh – his positive energy is completely contagious!

Then he moved into some combinations followed by a choreo which we worked on for the rest of the night. He was warm, encouraging, gave helpful corrections and made us all feel at ease as he interspersed his teaching with funny anecdotes.

I will be totally honest with you guys, there were basically 3 sections of the choreography – even though we did this a billion times I still messed up the second section single every time – but it didn’t matter at all – that’s how much fun I was having. I’m telling you all right now if Ahmed comes to your neck of the woods you don’t want to miss his class!

Here is an older video of him – how can you not smile watching this? 😀

Happy dancing guys!

Xoxo

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