Give yourself a little re-set.. Take a deep breath. Oxygenize your brain. Relax your nervous system. Lower your blood pressure. Soften your body. Soften your mind. Soften your soul. Take another deep breath. Close your eyes for a second.. There you go.
This week, in both Haidong Gumdo and Taekwondo class, a magical thing has happened. I had come back to classes for the first time after a two-week travel bout, and: – For the first time in a year I was able to consistently execute a horizontal cut (right to left) – Thanks to a few… Read More Break Magic
Sparked by interesting questions (one of them was: which style(s)s do you prefer in bellydance?) by the lovely Helène of mybellydancejourney.com during an interview about the DancEscapade weekend in Crete, I have been pondering my own meandering dance journey. Below you’ll find my story. Please tell me yours in the comments below! Throughout my… Read More A Journey of Interests
Sometimes I marvel at how intense, colourful, yet fleeting travel memories can be. Nevertheless, each experience we have shapes us, and they can nudge our path in a certain direction. Next to that, our attitude and inner life also influence what we perceive. So, in that sense, I’d say it’s very important to choose your… Read More Suitcase of Inspiration
Best things to do when the mind is overfull: Get outside. Kick some leaves. Hug some trees. Run around. Do this. Breathe. Know. Be. Enjoy the moment. Repeat.
Today’s post is dedicated to all the generous bellydancers who have donated precious silk dance veils via Dance4Children this spring for the girls of the Caméléon shelter/centre in the Philippines. The veils will be employed in Iloilo as props in their art school programs for circus and dance choreographies. As you can see, the fist veil batch… Read More Gratitude Post
Time for another flexibility update! This is a’before’ comparison between today (7th of May 2019) and end of February 2019. And an ‘after’ comparison between todays flexibility session and the one of March 15th Below you see the effects of working with one of of Stacey Nemour’s newly added one-hour online flexibility classes for dancers. If you’d… Read More Flexibility Progress – May 2019
When I travel, I don‘t lug my big journals with me, usually. If I am teaching dance, I write my workshop notes on separate sheets of paper, so they can be easily transported, shuffled, revisited and rewritten. For note-taking, planning and journaling I use a travel-sized – preferably lined – mini-notebook, like the one in… Read More Travel Notes
One of my favourite tree variations, the copper beech, is right now at it’s most vibrant in colour in Germany. Interestingly, how (or rather why) exactly the change to turning purple is triggered is still a bit of a mystery. This beauty we found in Frömern. What are your favourite trees?
This book (and the simple, but deeply effective exercises in it) were a true eye opener for me in terms of body health, self-care and recovery work. I still go back to it regularly, especially in movement-intense times. The Roll Model by Jill Miller. Enjoy! PS: What are your favourite recovery tips?